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    I was reading another thread and someone mentioned their pins were hard to "put thru the fabric". I was taught a hint when my daughter was in cloth diapers (yes, a 100 yrs ago). If the pins are "sticky" or hard to push thru, run the pin in your hair!!! No, don't stick yourself, slide the pin away from your head. The oils in your hair will give it enough lubrication to slide easily. I find that's easier than a bar of soap....the soap is always WAAAAY over there somewhere. :-D

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    This is true. It really does work.

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    Thanks for the great hint.

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    Yep and I have done it... works wonderful :thumbup:

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    Nice tip - never heard of it before.

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    Great tip :D:D:D

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    I've also heard a hint about hair - that human hair is one of the best things to have for a pin cushion. Keeps the pins sharp and they won't rust....Nope, haven't tried it!

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    I would be afraid the pin would get stuck in my curly hair and never be found again. LOL
    I heard of this years ago but forgot about it too. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    I've also heard a hint about hair - that human hair is one of the best things to have for a pin cushion. Keeps the pins sharp and they won't rust....Nope, haven't tried it!
    Do you mean I need to collect my hair for stuffing? Ick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    I've also heard a hint about hair - that human hair is one of the best things to have for a pin cushion. Keeps the pins sharp and they won't rust....Nope, haven't tried it!
    Do you mean I need to collect my hair for stuffing? Ick!
    You wash your hair, don't you????? Just think, our forefathers (foremothers???) used to collect horse hair for home decor -- stuffing chairs, making pictures......LOL

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    I used to do this for my boys when they were in nappies, and now will apply it to my quilting.

    Thanks for the memory jolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    I've also heard a hint about hair - that human hair is one of the best things to have for a pin cushion. Keeps the pins sharp and they won't rust....Nope, haven't tried it!
    Do you mean I need to collect my hair for stuffing? Ick!
    Here's a thought - collect the hair that's in hairbrushes and wash and dry it then stuff your pincushion. Are you gagging yet?? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    I've also heard a hint about hair - that human hair is one of the best things to have for a pin cushion. Keeps the pins sharp and they won't rust....Nope, haven't tried it!
    Do you mean I need to collect my hair for stuffing? Ick!
    You wash your hair, don't you????? Just think, our forefathers (foremothers???) used to collect horse hair for home decor -- stuffing chairs, making pictures......LOL
    Ick! Ick! Ick!

    My hair sheds off me in such quantity it wouldn't take long to stuff something but I HATE picking it out of the drain, sweeping it off the floor, plucking it off upholstery and brushing it from my clothes.

    And - it's on my head when I wash it. A totally different process. Imagine, all that hair laid out to dry........ICK.

    I have lots of deer hair around the yard, wonder how it would work to stuff things.

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    I had never heard of this. I'm going to try it though. Great tip.

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    in the "olden days" everyone had a hair receiver on their dresser. Usually a pretty china box with a hole in the top where they would clean out combs and brushes and deposit it in the hair receiver for future use.

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    Great idea! When I was a teen, I had hair to my knees. I had headaches all the time and my Dr. said it was due to my long, thick, hair. I finally got the nerve up to cut it to my shoulders a few weeks later (it was a relief). As I sat in the salon chair, a little old lady came in with a bag and asked if she could have my hair. I thought ick! why?, but I said to take it all. I didn't care. She wanted it to stuff pillows! I thought that was so strange! and gross!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    I've also heard a hint about hair - that human hair is one of the best things to have for a pin cushion. Keeps the pins sharp and they won't rust....Nope, haven't tried it!
    Do you mean I need to collect my hair for stuffing? Ick!
    You wash your hair, don't you????? Just think, our forefathers (foremothers???) used to collect horse hair for home decor -- stuffing chairs, making pictures......LOL
    Ick! Ick! Ick!

    My hair sheds off me in such quantity it wouldn't take long to stuff something but I HATE picking it out of the drain, sweeping it off the floor, plucking it off upholstery and brushing it from my clothes.

    And - it's on my head when I wash it. A totally different process. Imagine, all that hair laid out to dry........ICK.

    I have lots of deer hair around the yard, wonder how it would work to stuff things.
    You say ICK to your own hair but would keep deer hair??? Are you kidding??? Deer hair might have ticks!!!!!!!!!! DOUBLE ICK!!!!

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    I have a human hair pincushion! Not my own hair, this is one that was in with my mother's things...red fabric with a little band of elastic...the only way I knew what it was is that there's a few worn spots and you can see the hair inside.

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    WOW! I just love these old fashioned, tried and tested solutions that seem to have fallen by the wayside over the years!!

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    HAHAHAHA!! What an awesome idea!! I agree. It would have seemed gross to a 15 year old!!

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    I can remember my Grandmother telling me that she used to coil the hair from her brush or comb and put it in a small silver box on her dresser...altho she never said what she did with it :(

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    "Ladies" used to keep their lost long hairs neatly coiled for future use ON THEIR OWN HEADS!!!! The first time I read about that I nearly gagged. Yes, as their hair began to turn gray or thin their ladies maid would work the saved hair into their "do" so that the hair appeared darker and fuller. When the do was taken down that loose hair had to be combed and re-wound. YUK!

    It also used to be tightly coiled into flowers for jewelry and pictures. Sometimes a "dearly departed" ones hair was made into a broach for the grieving to wear as part of their year of mourning and sometimes even longer as a rememberance. Those things are quite valuable today to some collectors. (not me)

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    Wool is great as it has Lanalin (SP) in it, good old fashioned wool fat, which stops rust in pins also I have heard that a tiny bit of talc in the pin tin keeps pins from going rusty.
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    One of the many things my grandmna had that I found so very pretty was a flower picture made of human hair. It was beautiful, and she and my G-grand made it, Mom even pointed out to mre the flower that was her hair. I wanted that picture so badly when she died, but a very greedy aunt took it for herself and then hid it behind a sofa once when I went to visit. I never cared for her after that, and then many many years later, when I asked about it, she had given it to her grand-daughter. That grand daughter never even knew my gramma! But the sunt said that she was very artistic and she would take goodf care of it. Like I wouldn"t have!! This same aunt is the one who hid all the 13 quilts that granma had made for her g-kids and never used. We were to get them when she died. "Dear aunt " knew nothing about any quilts like that, then sold them all at auction when she was moving into her daughters home. Even her daughter knew about them and didn'T get one! Those quilts sold for over $400 each and that was in the mid's. I felt nothing but hate for that aunt after that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I was reading another thread and someone mentioned their pins were hard to "put thru the fabric". I was taught a hint when my daughter was in cloth diapers (yes, a 100 yrs ago). If the pins are "sticky" or hard to push thru, run the pin in your hair!!! No, don't stick yourself, slide the pin away from your head. The oils in your hair will give it enough lubrication to slide easily. I find that's easier than a bar of soap....the soap is always WAAAAY over there somewhere. :-D
    I remember that time from when I watched my mother sew! Had forgotten about it. And it wasn't 100 yrs ago for cloth diapers - both my kids were in cloth diapers. Only used the disposable ones when we took long trips.

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