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    Just an Idea I have.

    Just an idea that I have here. Not sure it will work or not or if it is even a smart idea. But in my head I think its a good idea and even one that will work.

    I have a bar of irish spring soap still in the box that I have taken the flap off of one end of it. When my pins get dull, I stab them into the bar of soap a couple times and it seems to sharpen the points.

    Now my idea.....

    Why can't you cut a bar of soap into littler "blocks" "cubes" or chunks and put them INSIDE of homemade pin cushions? And I thought even about maybe doing a little velcroed opening so that you can replace the soap.

    Does this sound like a good idea? And doable? Or is this one of those far fetched ideas that Only I have in my head?.
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    That works with the soap exposed in your hand but would move out of the way inside of cloth I would think. My daughter showed me how she pulled the safety pin through her hair and it would slip through the cloth diaper so easily. Wool inside a pincushion would do the same, put oil on your pins and needles and they won't rust. But you try your idea and if it works for you, it will work for us.
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    It's worth a try. Your pincushion is most likely made out of scraps anyway, right? just add soap
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    When my sons were still in diapers, I used a bar of soap to help the diaper pins glide more easily into the diapers. Enclosing it is a good idea, because the soap crumbles after a while.
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    Give it a try. I keep an open box of Irish Spring in my sewing room, and also the kitchen. Keeps it smelling fresh.

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    When my kids were little and using cloth diapers I had a crochet duck made a round a bar of soap that is where I kept my diaper pins

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    Is it only Irish Spring or will any brand of soap work?

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    I think I used Dove or Ivory any kind should work,

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    I had one of those too, any soap will work but those with oils in them will be better (i.e. Dove or those for dry skin) and any that are scented will add fragrance to the room.

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    Every since I started sewing when I was young, whenever a needle or pin got stubborn on going in the fabric, I always stroked it through my hair and it would work great after that. Someone once told me she had seen her grandmother do that when she saw me do it. I told her the oil lubricated the pin to make it easier to push into fabric. Sure beats having a bar of soap around. I know where my hair is, but that bar of soap can get lost so easily.
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    Soap or bee's wax. Both work great but the bee's wax doesn't crumble as quickly as the soap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol J. View Post
    That works with the soap exposed in your hand but would move out of the way inside of cloth I would think. My daughter showed me how she pulled the safety pin through her hair and it would slip through the cloth diaper so easily. Wool inside a pincushion would do the same, put oil on your pins and needles and they won't rust. But you try your idea and if it works for you, it will work for us.
    When I was doing a lot of hand quilting and the needle would get hard to push through the fabric I would rub it in my hair and it would be fine for a long time. I do turn needles black though. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharonTheriault View Post
    Every since I started sewing when I was young, whenever a needle or pin got stubborn on going in the fabric, I always stroked it through my hair and it would work great after that. Someone once told me she had seen her grandmother do that when she saw me do it. I told her the oil lubricated the pin to make it easier to push into fabric. Sure beats having a bar of soap around. I know where my hair is, but that bar of soap can get lost so easily.
    I'm still chuckling over your answer...somedays I don't even know where my hair is...
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    Hair, what's that? Mine is so short I can't run my fingers through it, so I better not try a needle or pin.

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    That is very interesting. If you try it, please post pics for us and let us know how it works. I'm curious.
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    I didn't know about the soap trick but I gotta tell you, never in a million years would I have thought of the hair thing. Gonna try this next sewing session. Thanks ladies!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol J. View Post
    That works with the soap exposed in your hand but would move out of the way inside of cloth I would think. My daughter showed me how she pulled the safety pin through her hair and it would slip through the cloth diaper so easily. Wool inside a pincushion would do the same, put oil on your pins and needles and they won't rust. But you try your idea and if it works for you, it will work for us.
    I don't know where I learned to do the pin through the hair thing, but used that method with all five of my children when they were in diapers.
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    I too used ivory soap for the pins when my kids were in diapers. I suggest trying a prototype and seeing if you like it, maybe make adjustments. Good idea.

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    50 years ago my mother taught me the needle in the bar of soap trick. It has never failed me. I crocheted some of the ducks to go over dove soap to use as room fresheners - never thought about using them as pin cushions. I think I still have some half-finished ducks in one of my craft boxes. This would be a good reason to finish one.
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    I'd cover teh entire bar of soap with a cute cover - it is heavy enough it should not slide away or get lost too easy as it is big. Plus, if it is exposed to the air the room will be forever fresh - nice idea.
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    I would think that you could melt the bar of soap into a shape that you could cover easily.

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    I've used soap on the runners when drawers are sticking. Never tried it on my pins tho. Will have to give it a try. I think if I was going to put the soap in a pincushion, I'd make one of the pin cuchions in a votive holder or some kind of a little container. That way the soap couldn't go too far.

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    It sounds like a good idea if perfected, meaning practice it a few ways. I think if you cut the soap in small pieces it may just break up after a bit of use and then would be no good for sharpening.
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    I am wondering if the soap really sharpens the pin or just lubricates it?
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    Wow! I've never hear of this before...sounds like a great idea to me.

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