If you have ever taken a home-economics class, or simply dabbled in a sewing kit, you are familiar with the tool known as the pin cushion. Most people think of the traditional tomato-strawberry combo that generally come standard in basic sewing kits, but there are other options available that use a more technological approach to pin collecting and preserving. Continue reading to learn more about some popular types of sewing pin cushions, including their composition and their purpose.
Magnetic Sewing Pin Cushions
For those who prefer a more innovation method for saving and preserving sewing pins, magnetic cushions might be a good fit. There are both pros and cons to using a magnetic pin cushion, so preference simply depends on personal sewing style. For example, magnetic pin cushions work very accurately to collect and hold onto metal sewing pins. This makes it easy to clean up spills, as well as, manage isolated needles on desktop surfaces and tables. But overtime, the needles will begin to pick up magnetic abilities as well, and start sticking to other objects inside a sewing kit, other than the cushion itself. They can also damage other electronic devices and equipment if left in close proximity to them.
Tomato Pin Cushions
The traditional red and green tomato pin cushions have been around for decades. These are the most common pin cushions used today, by both novice sewers and professional tailors. Inside these tomato pin cushions is where the advantage takes place. Good quality tomato cushions are filled with sawdust and wool roving; all others are cheaper knock-off brands. The wool roving has something in it called lanolin. This prevents metal needles from forming rust and corroding.
But a tomato pin cushion is not complete without its usual companion, the strawberry. Although mostly sold together as one product, some pin cushions do not come with a strawberry, but they can be purchased separately. The strawberry is special because it contains abrasives, like sand, emery, and grit, which sharpens, cleans, and preserves the integrity of sewing pins and needles.