I think it was "Threads Magazine" where I first read the tip of using a magnetic screw pan from the auto parts store for pins. I looked at Walmart, Auto Zone, and another auto parts place with no results. No one seemed to know what I was talking about. I'm sure they thought I was crazy for wanting this for a sewing room.
I ordered one from Harbor Freight Tools but it was huge! I'm thinking I might use it for scissors in the cutting room.
Mother's Day was my lucky day. I was wandering around Big Lots aimlessly and EUREKA! A magnetic dish in just the right size in the tool dept! Perfect to keep on the ironing board. It will never be knocked off like the wimpy magnetic pin holders from the notions dept. Bring on the kids and cats and just try! :-) I don't recommend this next to a computerized machine. At $3.99, it made a nice little gift to myself.