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« on: April 27, 2008 06:19:39 PM »

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but...

You know the little tomato pincushions? Well, my little tomato keeps "swallowing" my needles. I leave thread remnants in my needles so that I can pull them out, but it doesn't seem to work at all and the stupid tomato keeps eating all my good needles.

Any suggestions on how to stop this madness?
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008 07:00:00 PM »

I don't know.... I just usually poke the very end into mine.  I stick it in just enough to have it stay.  It looks like a little porcupine but I've never lost a needle.

That's just me though, maybe I'm lucky.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008 07:30:45 PM »

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem, but...

You know the little tomato pincushions? Well, my little tomato keeps "swallowing" my needles. I leave thread remnants in my needles so that I can pull them out, but it doesn't seem to work at all and the stupid tomato keeps eating all my good needles.

Any suggestions on how to stop this madness?

This happens to me all the time too... if you find out let me know  =)
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008 12:47:03 AM »

I made one of the bottlecap pincushions.  They are small, so even if one manages to get all the way it, there is a hard plastic bottom, so it's easy to find.
http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2007/06/tiny-pin-cushion-tutorial.html
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008 06:43:24 PM »

Thanks so much; those tiny pincushions are so cute! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008 06:50:05 PM »

Have you tried "squeezing" your tomato? It sounds funny (and painful) but you can use oven mitts or something to protect your fingers. You can usually squeeze just a little bit and they'll come out.

Kim
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008 06:57:04 PM »

Interesting solution, Kim. I think I would use garden gloves. Or use tongs...

I've not had the problem like the other craftster I don't put them in very far. I too leave the little threads on. I once read a post where the woman's tomato had gotten really ragged. She cut it open and found LOTS of needles inside it.
I'm kinda disorganized so more recently the tomato has mostly pins and I have a magnetic "needle minder" I think it was a gift... You could make something similar to what I have by using something like an altoid tin and putting magnets inside.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008 07:22:09 PM »

Someone a while back gave me one of those needle books. It's made out of felt and I would keep my needles in there. Now I have no idea where it is. Currently I'm using one of the fliptop containers marketed for beads (kinda looks like a tic-tac container)

When I used to work in the costume shops, we would squeeze really full dresses/costumes for pins. It worked really well and I don't remember poking myself too badly. (Didn't want pins in it when the actors wore them)

Kim
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2008 07:31:15 PM »

My needle case is not felt. It is hard plastic, slightly more than a 1/4 in thick, about 2 x 4". Open it and there is a thin sheet magnet on each side that holds the needles.
Kim - You are brave squeezing the costumes. I never would have thought of that. I have definitely been stabbed lots of times by pins trying on clothes. It would be difficult on stage with pins sticking one.
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2008 07:21:15 AM »

Needle books are awesome and so cheap to make!  My Joann Fabric store sells pieces of felt for 20 cents a piece!  I use a needle book and just made one for my friend.

Someone a while back gave me one of those needle books. It's made out of felt and I would keep my needles in there. Now I have no idea where it is. Currently I'm using one of the fliptop containers marketed for beads (kinda looks like a tic-tac container)

When I used to work in the costume shops, we would squeeze really full dresses/costumes for pins. It worked really well and I don't remember poking myself too badly. (Didn't want pins in it when the actors wore them)

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