Apr 14, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know.... The top of the tomato pin cushion is there to sharpen your hand sewing needles by pushing in and out to get any burs off? I don't think it really works but that's what it's there for.
Do you know why it's in the shape of a tomato?
People used to believe that placing a ripe tomato on the mantel when first entering a new home guaranteed future prosperity. Since tomatoes were not available year-round until recently, families moving into new homes often substituted round balls of red fabric stuffed with sawdust or sand. These balls were also used as pincushions, which explains--if you ever wondered--why your grandmother's pincushion looked like a tomato.
Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy