Sewing Tip: Use a magnet
This quick tip is helpful when you're in a hurry to find misplaced or fallen needles and pins.
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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Jul 07, 2018
I'm going to DIY my own magnet sweeper from what I already have. I have some round magnets I bought for making fridge magnets so I'll glue them to something I can use as a handle. This is such a creative idea for picking those pins off your floor. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 12, 2017
This is a great tip for beginners learning to sew. When sewing, pins are very helpful with pinning the pattern to the fabric and occasionally they fall on the floor, or sometimes accidently get stuck to fabrics. By using a magnet, this can help pick up the pens and keep them organized. I have several magnets in my sewing area. Good tip.
Aug 09, 2013
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.
The Thread Lady
Jun 27, 2011
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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