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    Keep the pin in when hanging up the kilt, or take it out?

    The title pretty much sums it up... wondering what the conventional practice is around kilt pins when not wearing. I'm inclined to leave the pin in the kilt when I hang it up, as I'm concerned about possibly ending up with lots of little holes in the fabric over time.

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    Mine's there permanently in each of my two kilts. I use a very light-weight pin, so I'm not concerned much.
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    Common advice is, if you are going to have a kilt pin, it’s best to leave it in the same place all the time, so as to avoid additional damage to the fabric.
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    For what its worth, I leave the kilt pin in.
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    i would leave it it because as you say it will leave tiny holes in your kilt and plus those holes are sometimes too small to see and if they are close enough it might rip part of your kilt off
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    I'm in the situation that

    1) I regularly wear three different kilts

    2) I don't wear a kilt pin often

    3) I only have one kilt pin that I tend to wear

    so my kilts are hung pinless, and when dressing for a particular gig I decide at the last minute whether to wear the pin.

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    and it being worn

    Last edited by OC Richard; 6th July 22 at 07:31 PM.
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    Most of mine have pins pretty much permanently assigned to them and I only remove them to wash the kilt. Exception being my USA Kilts semi-trad, where the build of the kilt is heavy enough that it doesn't need a kilt pin for the weight.

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    Surely the loomed weave of a true tartan will heal up no matter how long a pin is left in it? And personally I don't like the idea of going crazy trying to perfectly position the pin anew every time I put it on anyway.

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    So hear is another can of worms that I think would be related… if you are dry cleaning your kilt(trust me I know about the many debates surrounding if you should or shouldn’t do it) would leaving the kilt pin in affect the quality of the cleaning process?
    Ontario commissionairs of clan Logan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty Logan View Post
    So hear is another can of worms that I think would be related… if you are dry cleaning your kilt(trust me I know about the many debates surrounding if you should or shouldn’t do it) would leaving the kilt pin in affect the quality of the cleaning process?
    I have no idea. On the very rare occasion that I deem it necessary( think, once in about fifty years) to have one of my two kilts dry cleaned. I remove my kilt pin for no other reason that the kilt pins are silver and belonged to either to my father or my grand father. It would cause me huge grief if one got "lost".
    Last edited by Jock Scot; 30th July 22 at 07:53 AM.
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