Pin cushions seem like they are so basic they need not be mentioned, but they come in such a variety of sizes and shapes I thought I would mention them. After nearly three quarters of a century of sewing, I found the best, most efficient and least expensive to be the large “tomato” pin cushion. By large I mean the biggest– about 5″ across and 4.5″ tall. This pin cushion not only handles a bunch of pins, it is heavy enough so when you pull one out the pin cushion doesn’t lift with the pin. It should also have the small bag of emery with it to hold any needles you may be using and keep them sharp.
I have one of these by each sewing machine, on the cutting table, and near the ironing board, with pins so if I need to pin something I don’t have to find where they are, they are withing easy reach!
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