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Thread: Tip: Use a comb to find those pins

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    I made a discovery when I spilled my container of straight pins on the floor. You all know how easy it is to pick up pins!!! Along with the pins, I also knocked a comb on the floor and they were in the same area. Well, I started using the comb to sweep the pins in a pile then continued to pick up the pins.

    Once the pins were in their container, I used the comb to sweep through the carpet fibers and found many pins down in the carpet! Since I sew barefoot, I combed the rest of the carpet within stepping distance from my machine and found more! How many of you have gotten a pin jammed into a toe?

    Protect your feet and comb through your carpet occasionally! Works better than a vacuum. (Wish I had hardwood floors under my machine.)

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    thanks for the great tip

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    Great tip......that is why i put hardwood in my sewing room instead of cozy carpet!

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    Now to find a comb, lol

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    many years ago, at a hardware store, I found a round magnet (about 3 inches in diameter) on a pole. It has saved me many times from stepping on pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029
    Now to find a comb, lol
    Mine just appeared out of nowhere! I don't even use combs. Must have had a son sit at my computer and leave his here. Don't most great ideas happen by accident?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    Great tip......that is why i put hardwood in my sewing room instead of cozy carpet!
    I REALLY want hardwood. Maybe DH will consider it....

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    Neat idea!!

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    Go to a big office store. They have mats in different sizes and grades used under chairs/desks. Easier to move your chair but the pins might all roll to the edge. LOL

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    I have a teloscoping magnet that gets LOTS of use!

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    Thanks for the tip.

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    The only time I go barefooted is in water or bed. If anyone goes in my sewing room with no shoes well, it's their feet. They know better. I use the magnet pin holder to pick up dropped pins but I'll try the comb idea as some do get caught in the carpet. My vacuum cleaner thanks you!

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    Thanks! I have a lot of pins on the floor, and the magnet pin cushion doesn't help

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    Great idea! Thanks!

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    Glad to have wood floors too!

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    Great tip. I put a hard surface under my chair like is used in an office. Helps with the pins too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Go to a big office store. They have mats in different sizes and grades used under chairs/desks. Easier to move your chair but the pins might all roll to the edge. LOL
    I did that on top of my carpet. The darn mat just wanders over the floor as I roll across it, even though the mat has prongs in it to hold it into place on carpet. Same thing goes for the pins - they wander as well. If I can stop the pin from rolling, it is easier to pick up.

    You know how it is with something round hitting the floor!

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    Great tip thanks!!!

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    That's my trick also - a big magnet!! Works like a charm
    Quote Originally Posted by nanasquilting
    many years ago, at a hardware store, I found a round magnet (about 3 inches in diameter) on a pole. It has saved me many times from stepping on pins.

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    what a great tip, since i have a carpet, i will find a comb!! thanks for sharing...

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    I use a magnetic pin holder that I purchased at JoAnn's.

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    Me also. I wish for hard wood floors in here as well. It hurts me to vaccum. Dh will do it for me, willingly, but I could keep a hard surface clean myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homemother
    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029
    Now to find a comb, lol
    Mine just appeared out of nowhere! I don't even use combs. Must have had a son sit at my computer and leave his here. Don't most great ideas happen by accident?
    I agree. I learn some really interesting things like that. I think it is our guardian angel letting us know they are with us. It is like finding pennies on the ground, don't you think? I pick either up and look up and say thank you God for providing for even the smallest detail in my life. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    Go to a big office store. They have mats in different sizes and grades used under chairs/desks. Easier to move your chair but the pins might all roll to the edge. LOL
    Depending on what you weigh.....We won't go there......they will roll to your chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granny Quilter
    Thanks! I have a lot of pins on the floor, and the magnet pin cushion doesn't help
    Me too, I am going to keep a comb close by. Thanks for the great tip. My son just came to me over the weekend with a needle in his hand and asked what it was (it was upside down so he didn't see the eye). I asked him where he found it as he had not been in my sewing room and he said his sock which he had just taken from his drawer. I now have little gremlins dropping needles and hiding them (lol).

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