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Posted on: 5/10/04 8:42 PM
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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.

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vita said...
I found a great "set" at Costco in tool area. It has 2 bars and two dishes. One bar when to DH, and the other I screwed onto my cutting tabel side (vertically) for scizzors. The tool dishes are heavy and have rubber rings on the bottom to prevent slipping (I guess off a car), and one I use for pins, the other for seam rippers, elastic pullers, thimbles, threaders etc. I agree, Rennie, that one of the best features is it is really hard to knock one over! And if you do, well, little mess! One of my best buys. I believe this was $14.99 for the set.
5/10/04 11:26 PM
Danvillegirl said...
Great idea.
5/11/04 6:04 AM
Sew it seams said...
I have been using one for a couple of years that I found while my husband was wandering around in a tool repair shop. The bottom magnet is very strong and is great for picking up the pins when the books stacked on the cutting table fall and knock the pin tray onto the hardwood floor. Happened yesterday. :-0 It is a very handy tray for the ironing board as you suggested.
5/11/04 8:30 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
I have something that I use and made myself. I wear a loose powder makeup that comes with a screw on top (L'Oreal). When empty I glue two or three of those round magnets you find in the craft store to the lid of the jar. It works great. I can carry the lid anywhere with pins in it and no problem. A quick and easy and cheap solution.
5/13/04 10:43 AM
PVA said...
Just a word of caution -- floppy disks can be wiped out by magnetic anything, and your pins and scissors can be magnetized by the magnetic holders. My sister discovered that a magnetic seam guide wrecked a chip that she didn't know was in her 10 yr. old Kenmore sewing machine!
5/14/04 9:35 AM
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