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A Pin for Every Purpose

Although they are among the tiniest of sewing tools, pins have very important jobs.
Specialty pins assist with various sewing tasks
Traditional tomato pincushion
Although they are among the tiniest of sewing tools, pins have very important jobs.

Although they are among the tiniest of sewing tools, pins have very important jobs.


Pincushion Gallery

Tomato pincushion Magnetic dispenser
Why the tomato? According to folklore, placing a tomato on the mantle of a new home guaranteed prosperity and repelled evil spirits. If tomatoes were out of season, families improvised by using a round ball of red fabric filled with sand or sawdust. The good-luck symbol also served a practical purpose-a place to store pins. These days, a strawberry-shaped emery often comes attached to the tomato. It is filled with silica, which cleans and sharpens pins and needles.   With its shut-tight lid, the magnetic dispenser is the best way to transport pins, and the lid grabs a few pins every time you open it.
Magnetic pincushion Finger pincushion
Although called a magnetic pincushion, this tool is really just a magnetic dish. Fill it with pins and flip it upside down-not one will wriggle free. You can also toss a pin in its general direction and the magnet will draw it in. Available from Clotilde, LLC.   A finger pincushion. Available from Prym-Dritz Corporation.
Stuffed purse pincushion Flower pincushion
Pincushions can take on a variety of whimsical shapes. To break away from the traditional tomato, try a stuffed purse. Available from Prym-Dritz Corporation.   Pincushions can take on a variety of whimsical shapes. To break away from the traditional tomato, try a flower mounted on a golf tee. Available from Prym-Dritz Corporation.
Fetted wool pincushion Pewter pig pincushion
The lanolin in the felted wool cushion lubricates and protects pins from rust and corrosion. Available from Brush Hollow Studio.   A pewter pig pincushion. Available from Carol Ahles Fine Heirloom Tools.


More sources for pins and pincushions
 
Clover Needlecraft, Inc.
(pins)

Color Me Patterns
(pincushion patterns)
903-868-3105

Nancy's Notions
(pins and pincushions)

QuiltSmiths
(pincushions)

Carol Laflin Ahles would like to thank Teresa Settles and Dianne Giancola at Prym-Dritz, Sarajane Johnson and Cheryl Savini at Quilters' Resource, Mr. Jan Carr at Clover, Clotilde, and Kay and Steve Lancaster.

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Comments (4)

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I still have a hard time finding super fine long pins with glass head for general sewing. I think I used to order some from Clotilde? It's good to buy back up when you find the good ones! I might try the bug pins, they have stainless as well as the black enamel.
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