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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lighted Pin Picker Upper

Have you, or anyone in your family ever found a pin on the floor in a way you really don't want them to find them (e.g. their foot finds them first)? 

If you are like me, you probably wait to the last minute to pick up pins that have fallen on the floor.  It isn't that I want someone to get hurt.  For me, it just seems to be part of sewing.  Pins fall on the floor.  I tend to wait till there are enough of them, to justify me getting down on my hands and knees to pick them up. Ok, I'll admit I need to work on my cleaning & organizational skills, but I do think I'm pretty good about finding useful tools.


To my delight, I was recently shopping at Cozy Quilt Shop, when I decided to purchase a "Lighted Pin Picker Upper".  It wasn't an expensive item and it looked like a great stocking stuffer, so I decided to buy one for myself and one for my husband. I've now had a chance to fall in love with this tool, and so has my husband, so I wanted to share insights with you.

The Lighted Pin Picker Upper works great to pick up lightweight metallic object like pins, snaps, grommets, eyelets, etc. in my sewing room. And, for my husband, various metallic parts that he may drop while working in his garage, on the car, boat, etc..

This handy tool, that is lightweight, portable, and easy to store, is also an extendable device that has a ma the end.  Plus, it has an LED light, in the center of that magnet, making it easy to see what you are trying to pick up on the floor, or in a dark space.


It can extend up to 28" to pick something up. 



Marketing info on this product shows that it can pick up items weighing up to 8 pounds, but I'll admit I've only used it to pick up pins. Still, I've been amazed how many pins that it can pick up at one time.....every pin I had dropped on the floor and I suspect it could pick up many more in one swoop!


I love this gadget.  And, I'm very happy that I also bought one for my hubby as I know "mine" would have ended up in his toolbox. 


Check out Cozy Quilt Shop's online store to see this product, as well as all the other great items you can find in their store too!  I truly do think you'll enjoy putting this Pin Picker Upper to good use in your sewing room, when you go to classes, workshops, or retreats, etc..  Definitely a handy tool and at a reasonable price.



16 comments:

tizart said...

That sure does look like a must gadget, our carpet (which pretty old)has a very floral pattern you just can't see anything you lose. I have often been on my hands and knees looking for a needle. New carpet would be a good idea I think!!!!!!
Happy quilting Liz

Joan said...

Wow! What a handy little gadget. I definitely need to get one.

Tanya said...

I think that is a wonderful gadget...why is it that it is always men that stand on pins

Josie McRazie said...

You made me smile an think of my Mother this morning! She had a sewing room and one of the two rules were WEAR SHOES WHEN ENTERING!!!! (the other was if the door was closed you cannot go in unless invited!) Great gadget!!

Barb said...

That is awesome......

paulette said...

Wow!! This gizmo looks fantastic!! I love the way the handle extends so that you can reach into those hard to reach areas! Thanks for the heads up!
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suemac said...

Wow. Who would have thought. I have a cat that likes to chew on the pin heads. This could come in handy.

Regina said...

My hubby got one for Christmas - he likes to do his "Dr. Who" imitation with it but says it is very handy in his tool shop. Might have to go down and "borrow" it!!!

wackywoman said...

What a great tool.

Cornwoman said...

This looks like a fantastic tool! Not only do I drop pins, but if I'm not watching my cat closely while I sew, she pulls my pins from the pincushion and likes to watch them fall on the floor as she drops them from her mouth. Since I have carpeting in my studio and am hard of hearing, I've run into a few of them that she's dropped before I caught her!

The Village Queen said...

I bought these for all my bee members last year, they are great!

Snoodles said...

Wow! This really looks like a cool tool! I love the fact that it has a light along with the magnet! I'm sure Moses (my kitty) would appreciate it if I got the pins up out of the floor! :)

Shirley in Canada said...

OH yah! I would have to make sure to hide this from my son (mechanic) as I'm sure he would have this in his possession just like the one I had without a light!! :)

Beth said...

How funny you should share this--last week I was at Fabric Depot in Portland, OR and one of the helpful senior citizens who works there was extremely excited to demonstrate this for me. I found her very convincing but didn't buy one, as I was surrounded by so much beautiful fabric I imagine spending money on anything else.

Talin's Corner said...

What a great tool.

Ivory Spring said...

Looks like a tool I need to have.