Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 21, 2015

A fantastic gift from my Son.

I am forever searching, on hands and knees for sewing needles that flip, drop or just go missing.  I do not like this habit and obviously my son worried enough to make me a sweeper.  The first photo shows the underside of a Home-Trolley –  (furniture mover) bought from a hardware store.   Going by the small size I’m guessing it comes from a set of 4 pieces.

The home trolley had a little pad that DS took off and replaced with a glued and screwed a block of wood,  slanted a hole for the long dowel handle, to hold the handle in its place.
He added the wooden piece to the front too after drilling partially through with a spade bit to house the magnets flush and all the way through with a smaller drill for the two screws to hold the magnets. The magnets he added himself.   They are very strong.

I couldn’t wait to test it out and watching where they landed, dropped a few needles and hair pins on the carpet.  Voila!  In an instant I had all adhered to the magnets.  Way to go!

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  1. Great to have brilliant offspring! Good for him making you something to keep you safe.
    Diane

    • Things change as we age. The offspring look after the oldies LOL

  2. Quick, get a patent! Do you know how many quilters would want one of these??? How clever he is.

    • I’m sure he’d just say ‘go for it’ if you wanted to make one.

  3. What a great idea and what a wonderful ingenious son you have Maureen…perhaps he should patent it 🙂 xx

    • I’m sure he’d be happy to share.

  4. What a fantastic gifted son – give him my compliments.

    • Thanks Anneliese, I will do that.

  5. I love his idea Maureen. It beats the hell out of my little magnetic wand. And he definitely should patent the ‘sweeper’. It would be snapped up. Perhaps a competition to find a name, prize being a ‘sweeper’. Just a thought.

    • I didn’t know magnetic wand’s were available, Claire.

  6. Great idea, what a clever son you have

    • I have to agree Linda. It’s not something I’d have thought of, being too busy seeking the dratted things in the carpet.

  7. I want one! I NEED one!!! My sewing space is carpeted (and nothing we can do about it because we’re in an apartment) and dropping a needle or pin is a lesson in frustration. You son is brilliant!!!!!

    • Go for it MA. I noted it picks up tiny bits of metallic, dust? so I brush the magnets after using it.

  8. What a fabulous idea! You’ve got a clever and wonderful son Maureen…I agree with Barbara,he should patent it… Many compliments to him!! Wish we’d lived closer, then I would have taken lessons from your son to make one for my mother 🙂


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