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    As I was quilting this last week, I wondered how many pincushions you use when quilting. In the last month or so I have been lucky enough to have been given two new pincushions...I have already given one away, so I have about 4 in use currently. They are strategically placed (and rotated as needed for pins):
    1) by the sewing machine in use
    2) on the ironing board
    3) on the cutting table
    4) on the side of the piecing site (currently on the bed in the guest room - on the bedside table)

    This arrangement cuts down on the losing of pins and the needless trips to retrieve the pincushion and move it to the current working location.

    How many pincushions do you use when quilting?

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    Two, each for different size pins and different uses. One is just for pinning on my bindings and the other one for everything else.

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    from your post----I don't think I have anywhere near enough

    (and more of them would probably save me stepping on them on the floor...... :mrgreen: )

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    Three

    Two that I rotate similar to you. Magnetic of course!

    One for applique.

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    LOL not enough :roll:

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    Only one (what am I thinking??), but my sewing space is pretty compact. Not too many steps from sewing to cutting/ironing area.

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    I have them every where! Never have enough pins! lol

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    I have the magnets for my cutting table, a fabulous one (pin cushion) with a thread or trash bag/pocket connected to it that I made, on my sewing table. and a couple of small pincushions around "just in case I need it" Pincushions and pins are two of my favorite notions :)

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    down to four at the moment, plus two dishes on the frame.

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    I have to confess that I use my ironing board as a pincushion when I am pressing and pinning there. Always have, always will. Otherwise, I usually have one by my machine, one at my cuttng table, and one wherever I'm doing my binding.

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    Oh geez, I apparently have pin cushion issues. I have one by my sewing machine, one by the serger, one on the ironing table, one on the cutting table, one next to my chair in the family room, and one on my nightstand. HMMMM....maybe I should talk to someone about this:)

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    Just one!!

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    I am thinking 5 might be enough. When I am pinning the sandwich I like to use a container. Does that make the count 6?

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    i have 2 i use most of the time. i have 4 available, and within reach!

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    switched to a flat little dish!

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    I have a hand-made pine needle basket that my Grandmother made many years ago. My cousin had it and sent it to me.
    It had foam inside and an ugly brown velour for the pin cushion top. On my to-do list, is to revamp it, weight the bottom with sand, restuff, and put a new cover on it. When I finally get around to doing this, I'll post pictures. So for now, I'm using my little tomato pin cushion I've had for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stichy woman
    Oh geez, I apparently have pin cushion issues. I have one by my sewing machine, one by the serger, one on the ironing table, one on the cutting table, one next to my chair in the family room, and one on my nightstand. HMMMM....maybe I should talk to someone about this:)
    i forgot about the one i have on the ironing board..it is the weighted one with the little bag hanging from it..so i guess i have 5..it may go up from there..

    :roll:

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    I only use pincusions (and one of them at that) for my hand-sewing needles.

    All my pins are in various tins and boxes.

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    Lol! My pincushion is sad. It's stuffed! I think it's the one that came in the sewing kit I bought for Home Ec. in junior high! (Off Topic--In this home ec. class I sewed a drawstring bag for my final project--the top was sewn closed at the end and the teacher never noticed! Said I should be a seamstress!)

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    I only have the finger one given to me which I do use often when handsewing.

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    I have 4 so I don't have to keep chasing after them

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    I have two (both I made) one by my sewing machine, one on my cutting table.
    Then there is one that a co-worker made for me that moves from ironing board to sewing machine area.
    Then there are two containers of basting pins that move to wherever I am putting a quilt together.

    So that makes 5! And my sewing room is only about 10' x 8'! If I stand in the middle I can reach everywhere in one step or less! :D

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    I have two (both I made) one by my sewing machine, one on my cutting table.
    Then there is one that a co-worker made for me that moves from ironing board to sewing machine area.
    Then there are two containers of basting pins that move to wherever I am putting a quilt together.

    So that makes 5! And my sewing room is only about 10' x 8'! If I stand in the middle I can reach everywhere in one step or less! :D

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    When I was doing my internship for apparel design, the designer/owner used old car radio speakers for holding the pins...I have two of those, a doll pin cushion that was a gift, plus two pin boxes...of course I use the top of the spool on the machine or ironing board if one's not available or I'm too busy/lazy to go fetch one of the others

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    Wow, I guess I am pin cusion challenged. I only have two. One for my sewing room which I am constantly moving from place to place as I need it and one in my living room where I do my hand quilting. It has few pins in it and many needles.

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