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Sewing Supplies and Tools: Pincushion

Sewing supplies and tools: A Pincushion.

A pincushion is something to hold and organize your sewing pins. There are several different kinds.
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A pincushion is something to hold and keep your sewing pins organized. There are several different kinds. The photo above shows a magnetic pin holder. Even though it is not a "cushion", it still serves the purpose of a pin cushion. Use the one that works best for your sewing needs.

The traditional pin cushion or most popular design is the tomato pincushion with a strawberry attached. Years ago pin cushions were made of firm woolen cloth and stuffed with horsehair, saw dust, and  tiny clippings of wool. Each time a pin was placed in the cushion it cleaned it and helped to keep it sharp. Today, pin cushions can be made of plastic with a magnet inside to help keep the pins together and from falling, and certainly makes it easy for spills and pick ups. You can also find pin cushions that are wristlets. They wrap around your wrist and very useful and make things like hemming and pinning fabric together much more convenient and easy.



A traditional tomato pincushion with a strawberry attached.

Here is a photo of a traditional tomato pincushion with a strawberry attached which was used to clean and sharpen a pin.


There are several different kinds of pin cushions.

A pink tomato pincushion for sewing.

The typical pin cushion, dating back to who-knows-when. But it serves its purpose of holding pins. Many crafters today have come up with their own designs and versions of fancy pin cushions shaped like the original one.

A wristlet pincushion used for sewing.

The slip-on wrist pin cushion. You will find this kind of pin cushion on the wrist of any serious seamstress.

A magnetic pincushion which helps keep all your pins together.

My favorite! The magnetic pin cushion. You will find eight or nine of these in our sewing studio at any given time. The only down fall is it is made of plastic, so if a student drops it on the ground, it breaks.

A book on making your own pincushions.

From ultra-feminine and vintage chic to whimsically colorful and downright oddball, here is a book with 30 pincushions that  are sure to attract the many creative sewers around.


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