The "Tomato" pin cushion

Old 05-27-2010, 04:47 PM
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So.....does anyone know why the tomato was chosen as the pin cushion symbol back in the day?
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I don't but will follow this thread, hummm, good ?
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I just did a search on google: history tomato pin cushion
and read this, very interesting

http://www.lifeinitaly.com/food/tomatoes.asp
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I found another link about the history of the tomato pin cushion,

wow we learn something new everyday

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...2113442AAKalVv
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Well interesting story! Guess where my tomato pincushion is going to sit?!
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wow, this is the link about the stuffing for the pincushion and place where you can order it from

http://askville.amazon.com/find-emer...questId=596996
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thanks for starting this thread, I had fun researching this ? for you

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So.....does anyone know why the tomato was chosen as the pin cushion symbol back in the day?
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:02 PM
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Because turnips don't lay flat? <gggg>

Actually, in my class on machine maintenance, I got a neat tip about the tomato. If you mark a grid on one with a sharpie, you can label the sections for the different machine needle sizes and poke your used (but still reasonably good) needles in the appropriate sections. Or if you need to change out the needle for a different size. Your tomato - your rules.
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Great research guys, now we all know!!!!!
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Originally Posted by MadQuilter
Because turnips don't lay flat? <gggg>

Actually, in my class on machine maintenance, I got a neat tip about the tomato. If you mark a grid on one with a sharpie, you can label the sections for the different machine needle sizes and poke your used (but still reasonably good) needles in the appropriate sections. Or if you need to change out the needle for a different size. Your tomato - your rules.
What a great idea! I never thought of doing that.
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