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Old 05-08-2017, 01:01 PM
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Just about anyone who sews has heard of and may even have the tomato/strawberry set. We know the tomato part is to hold the pins, and the strawberry is for sharpening.

However, no one has ever told me how many times to poke the pin into the strawberry to make it sharp again, or even if it works.

Do you bother, or just go buy new pins?
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my pins bend before they ever need sharpening, I just bought a tomato today for my GD's new birthday sewing kit. It is a necessity when starting out. I always used the strawberry for needles.
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I just bought 2 different types of pins and mine are not sharp. I am really disappointed. For our quilt show coming up in Aug. 2017, I have made about 15 pin cushions with the English walnut crushed shells inside. I had to order it online from a pet store. But that is what is in the strawberry. I will put my pins in it, and use it. Every time you put the pin in, it will try to sharpen it. With continued use, they should all stay sharp. I made some out of denim, one of a kind patchwork pieces, other nice fabric, etc. I have to decorate them yet. On some, I put a little pocket for a thimble.
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The best strawberries have emery grit in them. THAT will help sharpen your pins.
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i use the strawberry for my needles
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My cats love to steal the tomatoes and chew on the strawberries - I think it cleans their teeth.
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Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
Just about anyone who sews has heard of and may even have the tomato/strawberry set. We know the tomato part is to hold the pins, and the strawberry is for sharpening.

However, no one has ever told me how many times to poke the pin into the strawberry to make it sharp again, or even if it works.

Do you bother, or just go buy new pins?
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:49 PM
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Have to agree with you, Jane Quilter. Maybe it's just because I buy the thin 1 7/8" pins; they sure go through fabric smoothly but the teeniest bit of resistence and they bend all wonky. The tomato pincushion with the strawberry sharpener sure brings back memories. I only put my pins and needle in one time but, consider how many times you take them out and reinsert them in a day just in normal use.
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You can buy emery from ebay and amazon. I love it for my pin cushions. I also make pin cushions from 100% wool yarn.
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I use the strawberry for needles too.
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