Pins, although small and cheap, are a vital part of sewing. There are over a dozen different types of pins; dressmaker pins, safety pins, or the most common, basic craft pins. Because they are inexpensive, it is always good to have a lot on hand. Dull pins tend to snag fabric, so keeping them sharp is important. Pin cushions, especially the common tomato-shaped ones, help sharpen the pins as well as store them.
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Things you need
- Pin cushion
Push your pin into the little strawberry attachment on the tomato pin cushion. This is called the emery. Most pin cushions have an emery, even if it is not a strawberry; it is typically a smaller section or piece attached to the larger pin cushion.
Pull the pin out and push it back in several times. The back-and-forth motion against the gritty silica inside sharpens the pins.
Repeat the motion with your other dull pins.
Tips and warnings
- If your pins are sticky, the emery will also clean them.
- The emery works on needles as well.
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