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Thread: Need: Workhorse pin cushion

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    *LOL* They not only still use cow magnets, you can buy them on Amazon!

    Cow Magnet

    Quote Originally Posted by blueheavenfla View Post
    Made me smile also as my mother (and my x husband) worked at a magnet company that made cow magnets. I still remember the first time that I heard of them. What?????? You gotta be kidding but of course, they weren't. I still have a couple of them. I was a "big city" girl and knew nothing about cows except that was where milk or beef came from. LOL. Do they still use them?
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    I use the the magnet blow from harbor freight, love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Go to Harbor Freight and for a few dollars you can buy a magneto bowl. I have two. Good things about it is that it has heavy rubberized bottom and holds many pins. I LOVE mine especially for pins.
    That's what I was going to suggest! I even through my metal feet in there when changing back and forth so they don't slide off or get covered up.

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    Going to spend some time this afternoon exploring this site. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

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    My favorite pincushion came from a trip to the Dollar store where I bought a sugar container with a lid and a glass bowl to glue to the top. The container holds my notions and small scissors and the bowl is my pincushion either with a magnet or a pinchsion glued to the center of the bowl. It works nicely in the small space of my end table for handsewing while watching TV or by my machine.
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    Oh my goodness, I love this clever idea!
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    My pin cushion ... is not a pin cushion!

    Just the lid from a tin box with a cow magnet in it. Magnet sticks to the tin tray. Pins to the magnet. The low edge allows for easy access for retrieving the pins and I somewhat aim the pins and the magnet grabs them! If I need to take it anywhere then the bottom of the tin box can easily be added for travel. And bonus, the edge keeps my stitch ripper from rolling away.

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    I use ground walnut shells in my pincushions. I get it at the pet store. Big bag for about 6 bucks

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    Sewmamasew.com has a pin cushion that really works. The filling is rice and most of us have that in our cupboards. I just used fabric I had on hand. I liked it so wll I made thereof them. The only thing I had to buy was so shelf liner from the dollar store. These help keep the cushion even more solidly in place. I have a computerized machine so I can't have a magnetic pin cushion next to the machine.

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    I got a Ewesful wool pincushion from J. Hittle http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com...ls/page_1.html and it's a favorite. I got the one with a magnetic bottom, which sticks very well on the inexpensive steel baking sheet I put next to my sewing machine to corral all my supplies. $6.64 currently, but they have a $6.90 shipping fee if order is under $100.... There are other sizes of Ewesfuls also. I have not checked where to find them elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Go to Harbor Freight and for a few dollars you can buy a magneto bowl. I have two. Good things about it is that it has heavy rubberized bottom and holds many pins. I LOVE mine especially for pins.
    If no Harbor Freight near, try Walmart auto section or even hardware store...cheapest prices there too.......

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    I made mine out of containers I had around the house that were just sitting on a shelf. For both of them I cut a piece of material big enough to wrap around the batting inside. I then folded the fabric over the stuffing and used a safety pin to hold it together. Then I stuffed it all down inside the containers. They look so pretty sitting on my shelf now and soooo useful. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ioftheneedle View Post
    I made some square pin cushions for Christmas that were very simple. I did as the pattern advised to fill with crushed walnut shells. The filling provides a good weight to the item. I can't remember where I got the pattern on line but was a frequented site. The filling you can buy at pet store or pet department of store.
    I've done this, too!! I made cushions that were around 3" square and the walnut shells will keep pins sharp! I've seen small packages (enough for 1-2 cushions) at various LQS for $4-$5... but the large bag of walnut shells I found at an aquarium/pet store was $10 (if I remember correctly) and I've made at least 8-10 cushions and have enough shells to make that many more! They make lovely little gifts and everyone loves how the cushions are weighted and good for pins!
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    I made this one for my secret pal at quilt retreat:

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfB...wer-pincushion
    - bottom is a flowerpot, so nice and stable. I found another pattern that makes little pies. We are having a pincushion swap at retreat, I will see what everyone makes and see if there in a good "workhorse" option for you. I wouldn't be averse to trying to make you one based on how you describe your original, PM me.

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    I seldom use a pin cushion but I keep my pins in the plastic top of a Q-Tips package. You can stack them and have different size pins in each different top.

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    Thank you all for your help with this. It may seem like a small issue but it is a pesky one. I have had several offers and there is currently a tuna can pin cushion on its way from a board member out west. This board is so amazing and I can personally attest that we take GOOD care of each other and the needs posted here. My DH can't get over how good quilters are!
    I know that some are wondering why I resist making one myself. I was widowed quite suddenly when my adored first DH left to play handball and died on the court. I have moved several times and remarried since and have purged down to only quilting essentials. No other craft tools are in my arsenal. Since learning that life can change suddenly, I resist replacing those things as quilting is all I REALLY want to do. My current adored DH (a scandalous fabric enabler) is so good to me that I'd rather he spend that money on bait and gas for his boat than buy supplies I won't use again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip43 View Post
    made me smile about the cow magnet, as I have used them for quite awhile. most people do not know what they are.or what they were used for, brings back memories
    ;o) you just know some of us have to hear the story behind "cow" magnets...pleeeeeeeeese!

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