A “bear” necessity of sewing

I love my teddy bear magnetic pincushions. They had come all the way from Great Britain to sit proudly on one of the occasional tables in my living room, by the chair I love to sit in for needlework. One of them is a gift I received from my brother-in-law for Christmas years ago. I consider these bears major contributors in my needlework as they keep my scissors and all sorts of needles safe and tidy so that my occasional table doesn’t look like a work table.

Close-up shot:

Here you can see the bears doing their job with perfection:

After being impressed by these bears’ job performance, a travel-sized magnetic pincushion is now a bare necessity when I travel. Thus, I present to you my little one-and-a-half-inch hedgehog that minds the needles just as impressively!

What nifty sewing gadgets do you absolutely have to have while sewing or doing needlework?

p.s. In case you are wondering where one finds such a thoughtful brother-in-law who would buy a fancy pincushion for a gift, it’s easy — you just have to lay on the hinting a little thick! :) I do have a very nice brother-in-law!