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    Question Do you use pincushions?

    Do you use pincushions when you are quilting/sewing?

    Do you like and/or make them?

    Since joining in the secret pal swaps I have received a
    several homemade pincushions and have developed a
    HUGE liking for them; not to use when I am sewing but
    as a sewing room decoration. I hang them up so I can
    look at them when I take breaks from cutting, ironing or
    sewing.

    When I am sewing I tend to either drop my pins back in
    the jar where I keep them, or I use a magnetic holder to
    lay them on until I am done sewing then I put them all back
    into the jar (I use wide mouth short 1/2 pint jars).

    I have 4 cats and the 2 youngest (my avatar pic) loves to
    go "exploring" in my sewing room (which is the dining room)
    so to keep them safe I don't leave any pins, needles or small
    sharp objects around that they can get too.
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    In the sewing room I have one, old pincushion that I got at a museum store about 40 years ago. (has little Asian men all around it).
    In the living room where I sew, I have a basket with a hand made pincushion attached. About 1.5" x 3". I hand quilt and use very small needles. Once I unattached the pincushion, took all the pins out, and started squeezing it to find lost needles. Do you know I found FIFTY needles in that pincushion - 30 quilting and 20 larger.

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    I love pin cushions I use them and have some just to look at. I understand about your fur babies. We must keep them safe! Luann
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    I could not sew without a pincushion. I have worn out several in my sewing life time.

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    I do use a pin cushion all the time...actually it is a basket with a cushion top....I bought it on a trip in 1977....and i still use it everytime i sew.....keeps all my pins and needles in one place, but it does look like a mess...ha ha ha... I never use the basket part but i should....it could contain a lot of thread....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    In the sewing room I have one, old pincushion that I got at a museum store about 40 years ago. (has little Asian men all around it).
    In the living room where I sew, I have a basket with a hand made pincushion attached. About 1.5" x 3". I hand quilt and use very small needles. Once I unattached the pincushion, took all the pins out, and started squeezing it to find lost needles. Do you know I found FIFTY needles in that pincushion - 30 quilting and 20 larger.

    Holy cow!!!!! I don't use a pin cushion. I just drop them back into their plastic box. I have a couple with pins in them but they are the pins that I don't like. I only use them if I can't find the ones I like.
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    I have several pincushions in my sewing room - actually I collect them. I have one or two by my sewing machine, one on my cutting table and one by the ironing board. And a few other sitting around on the shelves for decoration. I like having them scattered around because then I'm not reaching for one behiind me when I need. I pin long seams on my cutting table and then remove the pins as I sew. If I have pin cushions everywhere, there's always one near when I need it. I also have a magnetic bowl of larger pins on my quilting frame which is nice because it doesn't spill, but I'm always sticking myself when I reach into it.
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    I love the few pincushions I have. My favorite one has a little story behind it. Ya see, since we live close to a couple of nice family friendly Mardi Gras parades here, one of the throws are stuffed animals. The one I'm talking about is a real "inexpensive" fabric doggie. Well, it was upstairs in the garage storage and one day I see Belle (brown Lab) walking around the yard with it in her mouth. She had just gone upstairs to get it. Well, it ended up being a great pincushion because I can separate different pins on the different parts of the dog. Belle has long since passed but I get to hold on to the fond memories of her.

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    I have 2 pin cushions but wish I had a 3rd for my LA room, the kind with an elastic band you can stick on your wrist like tailors use. I hate using the little plastic box. To me it is so much easier to grab one pin at a time from a cushion.

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    I use the pincushions that are attached to my thread catcher bag. I collect pincushions and make a lot of them. I have over 50 and keep them on shelves made for them.
    Gloria 

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    Yes, I use pin cushions consistently, couldn't sew without them.

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    I am like you in that I have cats that like to play with the pins if they are out so I keep them in a plastic box with a snap lid (the one they actually came in) and that is where I put them back as I take them out. Pincushions are adorable and I have thought about attempting to make one but I know I would not use it so I haven't.
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    I have two magnet "pincushions" , I have two types of basic pins, plus a regular pincushion for really fine pins. I tried to use the magnet for my superfine pins but it was hard to get them off. My fingers just found that a regular pincushion works best for the superfine pins.
    I have seen some pretty amazing pincushions,and love them, some are more arty than functional, but still think they are pretty.

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    I love pincushions and have alot of them - a wide range, some handmade, some store bought and a couple very expensive (for a pincushion)
    The two I always seem to use are handmade - one badly as a attendance gift many yrs back at a regional show and the other beautifully made by a friend,
    My favorite is a mouse made by another friend; the tail is curved and stiff, holds bobbins. I never use it but it makes me smile when I look at it.

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    I do. I have a pincushion beside the sewing machine all the time. Of course they only have about 3 to 5 pins and a couple needels in them as I usually keep all my pins and needles in a plastic resealable tubs (like tupperware only cheaper). I am forever dropping or knocking things over and that is why I keep the pins in a resealable tub. Just call me klucksy.

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    I have two pin cushions that are quite old -- one that I made with my hair, mom's hair and grandma's hair when I was a kid (it has counted cross stitch decoration) and the other is a little leather shoe with a pincushion on top. I love them, and use them for my hand sewing needles. I have a red tomato for my sewing machine needles. For my pins, I use the magnetic bowl things -- I have two. I don't use the wrist ones now, though I did when I had kids and I was sewing clothes.
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    here is a thread that pays homage to the pincushion. they are wonderful things to have whether you use them or not. a recently completed pincushion swap showcased some fun creative pincushions. some will never see a pin.

    oh louise i am so sorry we (pincushion swappers) contributed to your collecting habit. who knew?
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    I use and collect pin cushions. I use a reproduction Shaker (Made at Canterbury Shaker Village, in NH where i was a tour guide years ago) by my sewing machine. A couple of vintage tomato cushions are above my cutting, ironing table, down stairs where I hand piece and quilt I use a combo thread, cushion, scissor, thimble wood holder that I got years ago at keepsake quilting in Center Harbor NH. Here is a pic of my cusion shelf.
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    Mary - HAHAHAHA it was because of an adorable owl pincushion
    I got in February that got me so hooked on wanting to collect them
    and then to start thinking about making my own (someday soon I hope).

    Here is where I have mine hanging (for now) until I figure something
    else that works better (and keep them out of cats reach).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    here is a thread that pays homage to the pincushion. they are wonderful things to have whether you use them or not. a recently completed pincushion swap showcased some fun creative pincushions. some will never see a pin.

    oh louise i am so sorry we (pincushion swappers) contributed to your collecting habit. who knew?
    Louise - Ya-ya to Zachary April 13 2015. I collect mugs from the U.S. and around the world. Also collect handmade pincushions, sewing/quilting themed fabrics, and fabric in general.

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    Yes, I love pincushions and always searching online for more cool free patterns for pincushions

    just found this one for coffee cup as you can download the free pdf pattern

    http://www.joann.com/cup-saucer-pin-cushion/prod311107/
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear View Post
    Yes, I love pincushions and always searching online for more cool free patterns for pincushions

    just found this one for coffee cup as you can download the free pdf pattern

    http://www.joann.com/cup-saucer-pin-cushion/prod311107/
    that one is really kewl crafybear.
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    I do not use a pincushion, but rather a magnetic pin "dish". I don't like pin cushions as they are too much work and take too long when I just need to drop off the pins (rather than put in my mouth....LOL).

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    I, too, love pin cushions. I have one of the wrist pin cushions that I bought from JoAnn's and to make it fit better I replaced the plastic wrist band with elastic. I have also made a couple of pin cushions to match some sewing mats with pockets that I made. I used steel wool and raw wool as stuffing (I couldn't find the crushed walnut shells that some folks use). My cats love to play with the pins, so my pin cushions are put away when I'm not using them. Naughty cats will remove every pin with their little paws and leave them all over the cutting table.

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    I have one of the giant tomato pincushions sitting next to the right side of my sewing machine. I use pins more often while sewing clothing, but I still need it there while piecing. A big pincushion is preferred so I can find it without looking-- just jab the pin in the cushion without slowing down the machine. The magnetic pin dishes never worked as well for me, sometimes the pins would fall off or I would miss it altogether.

    My newest pin-tomato is extra large, but isn't very flat on the the bottom, so I started resting it on a china ramekin dish. I fill the dish with extra pins and my tailor's chalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats View Post
    ...I used steel wool and raw wool as stuffing (I couldn't find the crushed walnut shells that some folks use). My cats love to play with the pins, so my pin cushions are put away when I'm not using them. Naughty cats will remove every pin with their little paws and leave them all over the cutting table.
    you can find the crushed walnuts at most pet stores. it's sold with the bird stuff i believe.

    and what is it about cats and quilting stuff? one of my feline boys is always looking for stuff to knock off my sewing table and swatting things off my design wall or laying across my sewing stuff on my table or pulling pins outta my pincushions or swatting down the push pins i have on my design wall holding up stuff. i have made them kitty mats and lay them all over the place but they like being around my stuff.

    cats and quilts just go together.
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