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The purpose of the Strawberry on the Tomato Pincushion

The purpose of the Strawberry on the Tomato Pincushion as we know strawberries don’t grow on tomatoes or vise Versa. What are the purposes for it and yes there are more than two! #pincushion #strawberrypuncushion #tomatopincushion #pepperpincushion

The purpose of the Strawberry on the Tomato Pincushion

The purpose of the Strawberry on the Tomato Pincushion as we know strawberries don’t grow on tomatoes or vise Versa.  What are the purposes for it and yes there are more than two! #pincushion #strawberrypuncushion #tomatopincushion #pepperpincushion

Why is there a strawberry on the tomato pincushion. I never knew this and I took Home Economics and interesting enough, I still have my tomato pin cushion from then, the early to mid 1990’s. I never knew it was strawberry until 2021.

I heard it had at least two functions … So is that true and/or there other uses? But I dug and found more!


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1. Sharpening your needles

Emery powder sharpens your needles and is what is inside that strawberry.

2. Use it to hold the current needle you are working on

The small strawberry can be used to hold your current needle if you wanted too.

3. Cleaning your needles

The emery powder inside the strawberry also helped to clean your needles too. So a multiple purpose.

4. Decoration and looks

But that handy strawberry pairing wasn’t in the original design. It is more of a newer addition. Tomatoes were kept on the mantle to ward off evil spirits. Thus the main reason for the tomato design. (They date back to 15th Century)

Side note, some people think that piece attached to the tomato pincushion is a pepper. We could say this blog post can also serve as the purpose of the Pepper on the Tomato Pincushion for those folks.

Another note pins used to be more rare and expensive, but now they are readily available and cheap. But, sewing clips are replacing pins.

So I found four uses of the strawberry on the tomato pincushion. Do you know of any other uses? Feel free to share in the comments below. I just might add it to this list.

Some say that strawberry is useless with todays pins and the way they are made and how cheap they are to buy.

Pin Cushion Costume this person dressed up as a pin cushion for Halloween.

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