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pinking iron

a tool for perforating, or for notching or scalloping the edge of fabric, leather, etc.
Origin of pinking iron
First recorded in 1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Just in time, dearie, to fetch us the paste from the library and the pinking iron which Gussie was using last evening.

    Heart of Gold

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • This projecting edge is pinked with a pinking iron, to make it more ornamental.

  • Place two pieces together and pin at the fold, and "pink" through the four thicknesses, around the edges with a "pinking iron."

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • With a pinking iron cut scalloped edge and enough of a narrow strip to gather fully all around just inside the outer edge.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray

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