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Sewing Tip: Use a magnet

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This quick tip is helpful when you're in a hurry to find misplaced or fallen needles and pins.

Sewing Tip: Use a Magnet


Use a magnet to pick up needles you may have dropped on the floor while sewing. This works especially well if you knock over or drop an entire pin jar.

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I used an old swiffer sweeper to make a pin finder. I stuck sticky magnet strips to the bottom where the pad would go. It's got a long handle and works great for pulling the pins from the carpet. Try it.

Great idea, but I bought a magnet that extends, so I don't have to bend down. I just sweep it across the floor. You can find them at the local hardware store. It's what roofers and other workers use to find nails, etc. that they've dropped. Make sure you get one that has a good magnet at the end. They come in different strengths. Mine is one that will pick up 5 lbs, so it will even locate pins and other metal objects like staples that are stuck in the carpet. (I didn't think this one up, I read it in a magazine somewhere.)

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