All my pins have a "cover" on them. I can't tell you how much easier a pin is to grab and work with when you have the cover on the top. Here is the product:
It is the Kwik Klip and pin covers. The Kwik Klip is a tool that helps you pull up the pin from the back so you don't kill your fingers as you try to get the pin closed. You could use it with or without the pin covers and I personally think it is great. I don't use it on every pin, but sometimes the pin can be stubborn as you are trying to close it and this product really helps.
The pin covers are another story. Here is a picture of the pins and pin covers:
I use a #2 pin, any larger and it makes a big hole in the fabric. I also always use the bent pins as you can see. They are so very much easier to get up from the back without any strain on my part. But there is one problem with the pin covers. They don't stay on well. If you have tried them and you are frustrated, this is probably why. So, I put the cover on the pin and a drop of crazy glue on the top and bottom where the cover meets the pin. It is kind of a pain, but once you have them on, you will be so glad you took the time to put them together. They are easy to see, easy to grab ahold of, and when you are bringing the pin up from the back, you are not straining your fingers to pull it up because you have a fairly large surface to work with and combined with the Kwik Klip, you can easily pin a quilt sandwich in no time.
I have used other methods to get my sandwich prepared, but frankly this is my favorite. Here is the set of tools I use:
Dritz Curved safety pins size #2, crazy glue, and Kwik Klip and the pin covers, both made by Paula Deen.
Let me know if you have any questions... love always, k