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    I was having my teeth cleaned the other day and my hygenist new I sewed a lot over the years, and she asked me if I held pins between my teeth much. I said yes I do a lot, knew it was a bad habit. Well she told me she could see the wear on one of my front teeth from it. I thought they were starting to just crack (with age LOL) and she said no, she has seen this happen to other clients. Also cutting thread with your teeth is a bad habit. Soooooo I am trying very hard to stick the pins in a cushion from now on. Thought I would pass this along. :-D

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    I would be afraid of swallowing the pin if I put it beween my teeth.

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    I put the pins on my shirt - instead of a pincushion -

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    Thanks for this. I had no idea that it could damage our teeth and I am guilty of doing this once in a while.

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    Thanks for this. I had no idea that it could damage our teeth and I am guilty of doing this once in a while.

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    My Home Ec teacher told us many years ago that if she caught us with a pin in our mouth she just may give us a whack on the back.. That has stuck with me all my life. I never do that. She said that if we have one in our mouth and got startled, we may swallow it. OUCH!!

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    I put my pins between my lips.

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    I hold them with my lips, not my teeth, and only when I'm putting pins in to something, so at most 5 at a time. Keeps me from stabbing myself when I reach blindly for my pin cushion.

    But the thought of swallowing a pin?? OY!!!

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    i would have been afraid of getting stuck if i did this but good to know why i shouldn't do this. :-) :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I put the pins on my shirt - instead of a pincushion -
    Oh My!! If I tried this I would have a chest fulll of bandaids... LOL

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    I've always been afraid I would swallow the pin so never stick them in my mouth. I'm pretty good about putting them in the pincushion because I have to watch my cats and make sure they don't eat the pins!

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    Yes, it can cause damage. Years ago, I saw a story about a murder mystery on TV. They had trouble identifying the victim and finally tracked the name down by the small notch on one of her teeth from holding pins. She had been a seamstress.
    I usually put them in my shirt but that habit has got to stop also. I forgot one and almost stuck myself in the eye when I pulled my T-shirt off over my head. WoW, who thought sewing was such a dangerous hobby.

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    Reminds me when 2 different dentists over the years asked me if I sewed. Asking why, they both (one 13 years after the other) said looks like I break off threads with my teeth instead of using a scissors. I have broken myself of that habit. I now have a scissor collection too big to mention. Could be because of the dental bills. :)

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    A pin cushion on my left wrist does the trick.. that way it's close to my other hand if I need a pin... also.. with my luck I would be the one to swallow the pins.. : (

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    I was reading a magazine article once about a woman who had had breast implants put in. To show how "flat" she had been before, she said she wore falsies and used them as a pincushion while sewing. Until one day the doorbell rang and she answered it to find a shocked door-to-door salesmen looking at her chest with all the pins stuck in it!!

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    Iknow what you mean about sticking yourself. I have done it twice in my tongue. You would think I would of learned my lesson the first time. LOLOLOL Loved the pins in the falsie and the salesman. What a hoot.

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    i have the same issue with my front teeth as i used to open my bobby pins with my teeth as a teenager :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I was reading a magazine article once about a woman who had had breast implants put in. To show how "flat" she had been before, she said she wore falsies and used them as a pincushion while sewing. Until one day the doorbell rang and she answered it to find a shocked door-to-door salesmen looking at her chest with all the pins stuck in it!!
    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealady
    I put my pins between my lips.

    ditto :lol:

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    Ha, my teeth cost too much to ruin. Implants, veneers, and caps are not worth ruining to sew. Healthy pretty teeth are very important for smiling so please take care of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I put the pins on my shirt - instead of a pincushion -
    I do that a lot and more than once someone has asked me what the pins in my shirt meant. My friend, Karen, can look at me and ask what I am sewing on now. I started using a magnetic pin cup after I forgot to take the pins out of my T-shirt before pulling it off over my head. NOT NICE.

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    I use the freebie magnets that you can get every where. I cut them in half and put a part inside my shirt and the rest outside and it catches the pins. Works great.

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    My dentist demonstrated the groove in my tooth by running his instrument over it when I was 12 years old. he said it was caused from biting off the thread and warned me how it would be in another 40years...I haven't done it since...always have a cutter handy and right next to the many pin cushions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I was reading a magazine article once about a woman who had had breast implants put in. To show how "flat" she had been before, she said she wore falsies and used them as a pincushion while sewing. Until one day the doorbell rang and she answered it to find a shocked door-to-door salesmen looking at her chest with all the pins stuck in it!!
    You just made my day. LOL on this one. thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbZ
    I was having my teeth cleaned the other day and my hygenist new I sewed a lot over the years, and she asked me if I held pins between my teeth much. I said yes I do a lot, knew it was a bad habit. Well she told me she could see the wear on one of my front teeth from it. I thought they were starting to just crack (with age LOL) and she said no, she has seen this happen to other clients. Also cutting thread with your teeth is a bad habit. Soooooo I am trying very hard to stick the pins in a cushion from now on. Thought I would pass this along. :-D
    thanks for the info...Augusta is my former home :P

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