What do you do......
.........to keep your pin cushion from "swallowing" your needles?
Posted by: Marydenmark on 01/10/17
I don't push my pins into the pin cushion that far. I also move them from the pin cushion to their box fairly often, so don't let them accumulate in the pin cushion.
by: MarzHere on 01/10/17
I don't use a pincushion. Instead I use a magnetic pin keep or just a plain magnet to hold my needles and when I'm finished a project I put them away in a small zip lock - 1 1/2" x 2" that you can a package of a zillion at the dollar store or use a zip lock snack bag.
by: judy.boatman on 01/10/17
I try not to push my pins too deep in pin cushion also, in between projects kept in magnetic pin keep.
by: dave001 on 01/10/17
Every so often, I take out the needles with threads and lay them aside. I then keep squeezing the pin cushion, top and bottom, until I feel a needle trying to make it's way out. Eventually it does and I pull it out.

I'm now working a project, the U. S. Army Sea,l with 35 different threads. I put the needle with thread on it, weaving the needle into the thread on a numbered bobbin. That way I'll be sure I have the correct threads together. I keep all of the project bobbins in a plastic container. Some of the colors look so close to each other, it's hard to tell, especially the dark ones (Black, Navy Blue) apart.

Using a magnet is also a good idea.

by: djrb7213 on 01/10/17
I have several pin cushions but I like the old fashioned sectioned one the best. I can give each size needle its allotted section. These are marked by different coloured straight pins. If I have a favourite that I'm not using I leave a tiny tuft of thread in it to prevent it from going "under." if the pin cushion falls on the floor.
I think it's so interesting to hear about the different ways we do things.
Thank you for your input. I'll think up more questions as I stitch away. :-))
by: Marydenmark on 01/11/17
You might make your own, if you like pincushions. Use a thicker fabric than your current pincushion, but not so tightly woven that our tapestry needles will not be able to puncture it.
by: Su Pitt on 01/11/17
I just remembered another hint when using pincushions - in stead of putting them in point down and risk losing them, thread the needle in and then out so it's lying flat on the pincushion.
by: judy.boatman on 01/11/17
Mary, pincushions get hungry too .......... LOL

I use a magnet. I usually don't have but one needle out. I keep my needles in the little pill bottles that meds come in here and label the cap with the size number. Nothing fancy but it works for me.

I retired my pincushions when my little granddaughter came along.
by: Texas Stitcher on 01/15/17
Hi Tex, I just ordered a pretty magnetic glass paper weight that isn't a paper weight. It's for needles . I just want something to rest a needle on instead of fastening it on to my trouser leg, while I do something else, if you know what I mean.
by: Marydenmark on 01/15/17
Totally. Despite the fact that they are not sharp needles, a jab is quite painful and bloody.

The paperweight sounds nice.
by: Texas Stitcher on 01/15/17