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    Tired of poking fingers using pin dish. Pincushions have a way of skidding into the unknown for me or need to be constantly moved out of the way. Little finger pincushion handy but small.

    Voila! Pincushion made out of baby food jar lid (that must be very ancient - GS is 10) following some instructions given to me by lovely people on this board when I wanted to make a finger one.

    I found a little piece of plastic strip magnet and some removable adhesive to fix it to the machine with. Now pc is right there and can be taken off easily if I need it to!

    Flashlight you may notice? Anybody else have trouble seeing under dark fabric to cut dark bobbin thread? Or seeing into the bobbin race to check how much thread is left? Works for me!

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    Cute and useful too!

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    Kitsie, great ideas! Thanks :D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Kitsie, great ideas! Thanks :D:D
    Hi Sue! Now pardon me while I try to get all this glue off of my hands!! Sure could have used you for an extra bunch of fingers!

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    neat, my youngest is 14 wonder if I clean back of junk draw I'll find a lid!!!

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    Sounds neat, and I really hate to rain on your parade, but I don't
    really think that having a magnet that close to a computerized machine is a good idea.

    Or maybe these days they are better protected. I'm usually behind the times anyway, so please correct me on this.

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    Great ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Sounds neat, and I really hate to rain on your parade, but I don't
    really think that having a magnet that close to a computerized machine is a good idea.

    Or maybe these days they are better protected. I'm usually behind the times anyway, so please correct me on this.
    I was wondering about that Ramona! Doesn't seem to hurt the fridge! LOL I tried to make it as small as I could and seeing as the casing of the machine is not metal so there's a buffer of a gob of adhesive ... well, lets just hope! I'll keep and eye on it and let you know if any problems. Thanks for input!

    And to quiltlonger - No, no don't go back there! Ya just never know what lurks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Sounds neat, and I really hate to rain on your parade, but I don't
    really think that having a magnet that close to a computerized machine is a good idea.

    Or maybe these days they are better protected. I'm usually behind the times anyway, so please correct me on this.
    You are right about not putting a magnet on it. But it really is a neat idea!!

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    Thanks friends! All is well and I don't really want to take a chance on screwing up my dream GQ machine. Because of the "Power Tack" it's very easy to remove the magnet from it and just stick the pincushion to it instead. Had feared it would be in the way of the soft cover I made for it, but no the pins are completely out of the way.

    I hear and obey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Sounds neat, and I really hate to rain on your parade, but I don't
    really think that having a magnet that close to a computerized machine is a good idea.

    Or maybe these days they are better protected. I'm usually behind the times anyway, so please correct me on this.
    Ramona is right. Computer chips and magnets don't mix. Magnets will 'reset' the chips/memory in ways you won't like. Had it happen to me years ago at work. I'd do my work and then, to borrow a quilting term, the file would get 'wonky'. Had tech support over several times, then noticed I had a magnetic paperclip holder right next to the floppy drive - an ancient form of a cd/dvd/thumb drive. After I moved the paperclip holder, the problem ended.

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    Hope you don't mind - I think I may do this. Great idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aronel
    Hope you don't mind - I think I may do this. Great idea!!!
    Go for it!!! Just remember, NO magnets!
    I got the Power Tack from Dollar Store. Great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Sounds neat, and I really hate to rain on your parade, but I don't
    really think that having a magnet that close to a computerized machine is a good idea.

    Or maybe these days they are better protected. I'm usually behind the times anyway, so please correct me on this.


    I was thinking the same thing. I was told that a magnet could damage the computer chip as much as in a computer. We were told in college to not get our Floppy disc (that tells how long ago they told me) near a magnet because it would erase the contents or make it not usable. I found out the hard way before they told me.

    Like Ramona said, maybe they are more protected now. I hope so.

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    I checked into the magnet thing when deciding whether to get a Magna Hoop and was told as long as the magnet is not close to the computer portion, there would be no problem. I don't know if the small magnet you are using can pose much of a problem but it might where you have it located!

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    Thanks for the helpful hints.

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