Tomato pin cushion trick every beginner and advanced sewer needs to know (Video)

The tomato pin cushion is ubiquitous — you have one, your mom has one, everyone has one! We’re all very familiar with that famous red pin cushion. BUT did you know that the little dangling strawberry (or chilli pepper) on it actually has a pretty neat purpose?

Watch below for the best sewing trick related to the good ol’ tomato pin cushion or if you want more sewing tips, check out this compilation of sewing advice. And if you’re wondering why the tomato pin cushion is a tomato at all, Martha Stewart has the answer for you.


Now here’s a little sewing fun fact for you.

You know the little strawberry on the end of your pin cushion?

This is a standard pin cushion that you probably have in your sewing kit; there is – some people think it’s a strawberry, some people think it’s a chili pepper attached to the end; either way, it’s filled with emery.

So that same emery that you use to file your nails, you can use to sharpen your pins. So if you have a pin that’s dull, you can toss it or you can poke it through the emery and sharpen it back up again.

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2 responses to “Tomato pin cushion trick every beginner and advanced sewer needs to know (Video)”

  1. Brenda Norton says:

    I have just found your site and I’m already thrilled just watching your video About the use of the strawberry on the pincushion. Well they say we are never to old to learn. That sure holds true. At 72 I have sewed off and on for many years but did not know that! Sad hummm! Going to see what else I don’t know. I’m sure I’ll be here for quiet sometime. Thanks and God Bless.

  2. Dayna Boyer says:

    Hi Brenda! Thank you so much, let me know what else you learn from my site OR if you can even teach me a thing or two!

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