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Thread: The "Tomato" pin cushion

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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

    Craftybear

    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa
    So.....does anyone know why the tomato was chosen as the pin cushion symbol back in the day?

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    Because turnips don't lay flat?

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Because turnips don't lay flat?

    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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    Interesting. I had no idea.

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    I just love this board, I learn something new every day!

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    Very interesting we do learn something ever day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Because turnips don't lay flat?
    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. ***
    Laughing to myself about myself - There's no way in the world *I'd* remember what needle I was using so I would know what section to put it in! :)

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    I once shot one, sawdust went everywhere.

    I was target practicing for my CW Permit and was shooting several different sized targets including that poor tomato.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Because turnips don't lay flat?

    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.
    This is a great idea. I'm going to try it.

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    I'm bumping this old thread up because I love my tomato pincushions and the history is so interesting.
    Everyone can't be Irish, somebody has to drive.

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    I think I know what my next swap pincushion will be!
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