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From: Bama
Date: 02-10-2007, 07:59 PM (1 of 7)
I saw a sewing/quilting tip on a show recently (I think it was Fons and Porter, but maybe it was Sewing with Nancy. I watched both of them that day) A lady wrote in and said she had purchased a small magnetic bowl at a hardware store that is used to hold nuts and bolts. It was just a few dollars. She used it to hold pins.
I just found the exact thing for sale online calling it a magnetic pin bowl. It's $12.00!
Why are notions like that so over-priced?? I guess some people don't realize that things like that can be found at Lowe's or Home Depot.
User: Bama
Member since: 03-21-2000
Total posts: 2116
From: material_pakrat
Date: 02-11-2007, 09:21 AM (2 of 7)
It happens. I rarly just buy something as soon as I see it anymore. Hubby thinks I am waiting for his permission to buy it (as if!), but you can usually find things that are similar and much cheaper. Containers are one of the main things I can pick up at the shops a lot cheaper than my main material places.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
User: material_pakrat
Member since: 12-13-2006
Total posts: 220
From: HeyJudee
Date: 02-11-2007, 10:41 AM (3 of 7)
Hey Bama...I remember reading somewhere that you can make your own. Just take a large fridge magnet and glue it to the bottom of a container! :up:
TTFN from
User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: Patty22
Date: 02-11-2007, 11:08 AM (4 of 7)
Bama..... I'm with you on this! I hate to slam F&P, but if you ever check out their notions in JoAnns they are extremely overpriced. :sick: The 40% off coupon never covers them either.

Convience is one reason we tend to just buy what is out there rather than finding an alternative solution. I had never seen the little finger pincushions until I recently got one. They work great for applique and the little sequin pins and I love this gift......... and then, I saw a woman in the group I quilt with MAKING them out of old bottlecaps and elastic.

Funny, it reminds me of being pregnant. When I was pregnant, it seemed like everyone I knew was pregnant. Now, its I see a great notion and then someone is showing me an alternative solution.

I think at times we forget how ingenious we can get. I always thought lack of extra income for the conveniences was the mother of invention.
User: Patty22
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 1194
From: DorothyL
Date: 02-11-2007, 11:46 AM (5 of 7)
I had one of those plastic dishes with magnets inside for pins.
I used it and dropped it and snapped it back together for years.
Then it wouldn't go back together so I put one magnet in a mint tin and the other magnet in another mint tin and I got two for one.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: mommydionne
Date: 02-12-2007, 06:55 PM (6 of 7)
Mine is "paper clip holder" and it was a freebie at some show, the company name is hidden by pins :nah:
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: bridesmom
Date: 02-12-2007, 10:30 PM (7 of 7)
DH is really a smart boy. He comes up with some really good ideas when I am wanting something in the notion department. Course sometimes he goes a bit "tim the toolman taylor' on me like the pitchfork he made for me for the garden. It weighed so much I couldn't even pick it up!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
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