Use a Magnet to Retrieve Pins and Needles

This one is for sewers, (or if you drop a nail when hanging a picture) whether you have a "bad" back or need to reach into a tight space, this works for me. Stick a magnet onto the end of a knitting needle or yardstick, etc. Then you can easily pick up those pins, etc. that always seem to fall where they cannot be reached.

By Barbara from B.C. Canada

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June 26, 20080 found this helpful

Although this is a very good idea there is a drawback if you have a computerized sewing machine. The pins will become magnetized and in turn ruin the computer parts to the machine. I know from experience.

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June 29, 20080 found this helpful

I bought a magnet pickup thing at an auto store. Mechanics use it to get screws and stuff from inside motors. It's a telescoping like screwdriver (with a magnet end) and cost .99

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I always keep a magnetic bar on hand to pick up pins, needles and other metal items. They are cheap and very easy to use. They take the hunt out of finding dropped pins or needles. You can make your own magnet by using a heavy strip of metal and hot gluing it to a block or rod. Works great and is inexpensive.

By Gem from VA

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