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How to protect wrist from being poked?
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Date: 1/19/10 4:39 AM

I am forever looking for my pin-cushion when sewing, so decided that it's time to make myself a wrist pin-cushion. I found some great tutorials on the net, but my only concern is that they are only filled with fiber-fill and wouldn't I poke myself if I push the pins in harder push my hand against something by accident? Should there be something inside the bottom of the pin-cushion that is harder? If yes, then what? Card-board, some piece of plastic? If you have a home-made wrist pin-cushion, please share. THank you.

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Date: 1/19/10 4:49 AM

Hi. I have a factory made one and it has a hard bottom to rest against the wrist. Anythng hard would do, I think. A piece of hard plastic, lightweight wood or maybe the lid from a jam jar. HTH
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Date: 1/19/10 8:53 AM

Cardboard, template plastic, old credit cards--lots of things! I'm getting ready to make one of these for the same reason...

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Date: 1/19/10 8:54 AM

I love mine! Seconding Vibek- anything hard. Generallly you won't be stabbing the pins too hard in the pincushion- unless of course you are like me and work out frustrations with your pins! A small piece of leather works well too.

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Date: 1/19/10 7:40 PM

After years of using the little commercial red ones with the plastic bottoms--and still managing to stab myself--I went over to the magnetic wrist pin cushion. Presto, no more self-stabbing, and when I lose a needle or a pin on the floor, I just dangle the pincushion by its strap, and it 'finds' the missing thing and actually picks it up for me. A two-fer.

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Date: 3/31/12 0:25 AM

I'm making several in-the-hoop pin cushions to use on the wrist. Finding these suggestions is very helpful since I have the same question about not getting poked! Because they are in-the-hoop, I'm thinking the hard surface needs to be added after the cushion is finished but before I attach the elastic band. Right now I'm playing with lightweight plastic container lids. The diameter of my pin cushions is between 2.5 and 3 inches. This thread is a little dated...has anyone found a suitable way to do this lately?

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Date: 3/31/12 2:33 AM

Why not poke a couple holes in the container lids and thread the elastic through them and tie a knot? Then glue the rest of the pin cushion over the knotted elastic.

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Date: 3/31/12 8:53 AM

I will caution you about fiber fill: they can dull the needles. Using something like steel wool will pack as tight and not dull them out on you.

I use a magnet to my wrist, but I have an old as dirt machine and I am too lazy to pick them up off the bed.

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Date: 3/31/12 10:06 AM

ooooh...I like that! Giving it a try today! Thanks a bunch. :)

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Date: 3/31/12 10:47 AM

I made one using a lump of felted wool, fleece for the wristlet, and a circle of "fun foam" as the barrier:



The foam wouldn't actually stop a pin entirely (I sewed through it), but it feels different enough from the wool that I'm in no danger of stabbing myself. I like the idea of a carton lid or a scrap of leather--next time.

Funny to notice this thread had been "bumped" today, having decided just yesterday to make this thing--there must be something in the air (or I'm getting subliminal messages from PR).

Felted wool has a nice feel to it, a little thicker than fiberfill (so that slows the pins down a little before they actually get to the foam barrier).

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