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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My favorite sewing tip/tool (besides my sewing machine) is the humble Safety Pin

  Sew Mama Sew is asking for posts to highlight sewists fav tools and techniques and will be featuring these on their blog at the end of May. I chose to accept this challenge, with my low tech, tool of choice.

My homage to the humble Safety Pin.

You can do so many things with them

Pin baste a quilt for sewing, so you don't get stabbed...
Gather stuff you don't want to lose...
Pin to create a tube, stitch then...
push pin through to turn to right side by scrunching the pin through to opening
Use it as a pin back for a pretty rose...
Take a cute couple's pic...
and make a simple way to create a wall hanging for the wall...

And not shown,  is a pic of me pinning my pants instead of sewing on the button that popped off because I won't lay off of baking and eating!!

A bit of history from Ideafinder.com about the Safety Pin
Walter Hunt had no trouble thinking up new ideas. First he invented a machine to spin flax. Then he invented a fire engine gong, a forest saw, a stove that burned hard coal. His inventions worked, but he just did not have the knack for making money from them. One day in 1849 Walter Hunt wanted to pay a fifteen-dollar debt to a friend. So he decided to invent something new.

From a piece of brass wire about eight inches long, coiled at the center and shielded at one end, he made the first safety pin. He took out a patent on his invention, sold the rights to it for four hundred dollars, paid his friend back and had three hundred eighty-five dollars to spare.

Then he watched his latest brainstorm go on to become a million dollar money earner for someone else.
There is a moral here I am sure...

As a Home Ec teacher, my classroom was the one room in the whole school that a student could find security in knowing we kept a large tin of safety pins.  Probably had someone stop almost every day, as there are mulitple reasons to need one. 
**Check back my regular readers, as I will be continuing my posts on my Quest, part 2 and Thrift Pile Recycles Tuts.  See you soon!**

So Sew Mama Sew, add me to your Fav's list of Fav Tools!


Happy Together said...

Interesting history on the safety pin. I never think about who came up with some things. Thanks for sharing :)

The4Rs said...

Thanks Jess, I tried to come up with a tool you might take for granted...it's lame, but anything for a contest!

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