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Lisa 05-27-2010 04:47 PM

So.....does anyone know why the tomato was chosen as the pin cushion symbol back in the day?

craftybear 05-27-2010 04:49 PM

I don't but will follow this thread, hummm, good ?

craftybear 05-27-2010 04:51 PM

I just did a search on google: history tomato pin cushion
and read this, very interesting

http://www.lifeinitaly.com/food/tomatoes.asp

craftybear 05-27-2010 04:52 PM

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

Up North 05-27-2010 04:54 PM

Well interesting story! Guess where my tomato pincushion is going to sit?!

craftybear 05-27-2010 04:55 PM

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

craftybear 05-27-2010 04:56 PM

thanks for starting this thread, I had fun researching this ? for you

Craftybear


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


MadQuilter 05-27-2010 05:02 PM

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.

Lisa 05-27-2010 05:17 PM

Great research guys, now we all know!!!!!

no1jan 05-27-2010 05:19 PM


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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