I've had the same pink tomato pin cushion for years. The same traditional, multi-colored, round headed pins....I decided it was time for something different : ) I thought these flower headed pins looked fun. It turns out that these pins are longer and thinner then my old traditional pins - they go through the fabric so smooth - and they are nice sturdy steel. They're certainly not more expensive then the other pins, so I was delightedly surprised to find how nice they work! I like them so much that I made them their own little pin cushion out of a scrap of my Grandmother's old fabric : ) I bought a box of 75 pins, so I should have plenty, and I already gave away my old pins and their cushion... the old ones are still good to use, but I don't need both sets.