Favorite Tools: Magnetic Bowl
I'm sure many (if not most) sewists today have a magnetic pincushion just like the one pictured above. I've had this particular once for almost as long as I have been sewing. But one pincushion is never quite enough, is it? I don't know about you, but I pin at my cutting table, then carry the pieces over to another room with my sewing table. I usually forget to bring the pincushion with me, so I usually spend half my sewing time traipsing back and forth across my house.
So, I decided to get another magnetic pincushion, only to find out that they are expensive! I believe at Joann right now they are around $15. Ridiculous! There must be a cheaper solution.
Well, I can thank my husband for solving the problem. One day on a shopping trip, we stopped by Harbor Freight Tools. While he did his thing, I was wandering around and saw quite a few tools that are great for sewing!
Here is what I found, a 4" magnetic bowl (same size as the pin cushion from Joann) but for $3!
Now, of course it doesn't come in pretty colors, but if I have to choose between form and function, I'm definitely going to choose function! And at that price, I bought two so I have multiple pin cushions around my sewing areas. I also like to put the screws and throat plate on here when I clean my machine, so nothing gets lost. You do clean under your feed dogs, right? Right?... ok, maybe that's a blog post for another day.
Do you shop for sewing tools at the hardware store?
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