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Thread: My pins seem to be getting rusty

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    Do you suppose it could be because they spend so much time in my mouth?? lol

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    LOL

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    Just like mine. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I've heard that if you puta piece of chalk in with them, it will prevetn rust from forming! and mine spend lots of time in my mouth, at least when I don't have little people around!

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    Oh my you may need to go buy more pins and while you are out shopping, but some fabric, lol lol

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    Pins are not expensive. I hold mine in my mouth, too.

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    Have fun at the fabric store shopping for your new pins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    Pins are not expensive. I hold mine in my mouth, too.
    A quick note about pins in the mouth: When I was in high school, if our home economics teacher caught us with a pin in our mouth, it was an automatic F for that class, consequently, I refrain from doing that; she was stressing the danger & trying to eliminate that habit in her classes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.P.
    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    Pins are not expensive. I hold mine in my mouth, too.
    A quick note about pins in the mouth: When I was in high school, if our home economics teacher caught us with a pin in our mouth, it was an automatic F for that class, consequently, I refrain from doing that; she was stressing the danger & trying to eliminate that habit in her classes...
    I shouldn't put my pins in my mouth. It is a bad habit.

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    Pins in my mouth keep it from gathering my feet, however. That's not a bad thing!!!!

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    I read somewhere if you put one of those moisture little round things that they put in prescriptions. I put one of those things in my pins and I don't have any problems.
    and yes I put my pins in my mouth to.
    I think we all do because it is like extra hand.
    Give the moisture things they really work for me.
    kjym Kathy

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    Guilty here too. But boy I really try not to. But I read somewhere that if you put one of the moisture absorbing packets (like you get in the shoe box when you buy your tennis shoes-some shoe stores will give them to you because they just throw them away)in the container with your needles and pins they won't rust. Heidi

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    Pins in your mouth are not such a good idea when you accidently swallow one...time at the doctor is time you could be sewing/quilting...

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    i buy stainless pins. i haven't seen rusty pins in years.

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    Why in heavens name would you put pins in your mouth. You need a wrist pin cushion. Bad habit and you could swallow one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Why in heavens name would you put pins in your mouth. You need a wrist pin cushion. Bad habit and you could swallow one.
    I agree with you Loretta, I use a wrist pin cushion and it works
    fine and there always handy , much to dangerous holding in ones mouth

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    Swallow a pin - I think it would make me give up quilting. Will have to think about that everytime I start to put one in my mouth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cande
    Do you suppose it could be because they spend so much time in my mouth?? lol
    Use a magnet pin holder
    :thumbup: then keep them out of your mouth :thumbdown:

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    I have a magnet pin holder but grabbing one out of my mouth is quicker. I know it's a bad habit and I have thought about the danger of swallowing one but I don't even think when I'm doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i buy stainless pins. i haven't seen rusty pins in years.
    Same here!

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    I've been sewing since I was 12 and I haven't swallowed a pin in 45 years. Of course, I use quilting pins that are 1-1/2 to 1-3/4" long. If I had applique or beading pins in my mount, it might be a different story. Be careful if you have an electronic machine to keep the magnetic pin holder away from it. I don't know exactly how it works with sewing machines, but I do kow that Magnets will erase information from tapes and such.

    To get rid of the rust on your pins, use the "strawberry" that's attached to your pincushion or buy one. It is filled with some type of emery powder and will remove the rust and take small burrs off your pins and needles. To get the best results, grip it firmly in one hand with your fingers, and with the other hand, poke the pin into the strawberry several times.

    I make pincushions from bars of soap -- I don't take the paper off, but many say they do, to release the scent. Wrap a strip of batting around bar of soap a couple times, then wrap it with a piece of fabric. If you want to make it a little easier to put pins in at first, take a hammer or a meat tenderizer and GENTLY hit the bar of soap to crack it. I've been using soap pincushions for about 5 years and never have a rusted pin. Plus, the soap makes the pin slide smoother through the fabric. If you've ever used soap on a screw to make it easier to screw into wood, you'll understand what I mean.

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    Glad you mentioned about the magnets erasing from the electronic machines. I just got a new Bernina, computerized and nobody said anything about the magnet pin holders.
    I am all for simple things .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    I've been sewing since I was 12 and I haven't swallowed a pin in 45 years. Of course, I use quilting pins that are 1-1/2 to 1-3/4" long. If I had applique or beading pins in my mount, it might be a different story. Be careful if you have an electronic machine to keep the magnetic pin holder away from it. I don't know exactly how it works with sewing machines, but I do kow that Magnets will erase information from tapes and such.

    To get rid of the rust on your pins, use the "strawberry" that's attached to your pincushion or buy one. It is filled with some type of emery powder and will remove the rust and take small burrs off your pins and needles. To get the best results, grip it firmly in one hand with your fingers, and with the other hand, poke the pin into the strawberry several times.

    I make pincushions from bars of soap -- I don't take the paper off, but many say they do, to release the scent. Wrap a strip of batting around bar of soap a couple times, then wrap it with a piece of fabric. If you want to make it a little easier to put pins in at first, take a hammer or a meat tenderizer and GENTLY hit the bar of soap to crack it. I've been using soap pincushions for about 5 years and never have a rusted pin. Plus, the soap makes the pin slide smoother through the fabric. If you've ever used soap on a screw to make it easier to screw into wood, you'll understand what I mean.
    Nice idea about the soap....I may just have to try this one...love the bonus of scent, weight, slick, and lo-cost!

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    Speaking of pins, what's your recommendation for brand of pins for quilting. I have several kinds in my holder and some seem dull and some the shaft seems thicker and they are harder to use. I want a really sharp, "slim" pin. Suggestions?

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    i used to put pins in my mouth utill one day when i sneezed with pins in my mouth 2 days later and i hospital bill if 31,000 dollas four hours in surgery to remove the pin i nolong put pins in my mouth i have apin cusion closr buy and i have a magnet for the one that drop on the floor
    god bless and good luck

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