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Date: 7/9/12 12:28 PM

During the sales at JoAnn's I tend to pick up a few packs of machine needles. This way I never have an excuse not to change my needles often. But I need some storage ideas cause where they are not isn't the best place (my son can easily get to them if he were allowed in the room).

So how do you store them?

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Date: 7/9/12 12:32 PM

I buy the Clear business card pages at any office supply store. Also baseball card pages would work too....then, I pin up on bulletin board.

I toss needles after each project....too easy to mix dull needles with new o Es if I try to save.
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Date: 7/9/12 12:41 PM

I have a small, clear tackle box. I organize needles by function, ie, twin needles, jean/leather, serger, etc. My Organ needles came in their own case, so that's where I keep them.

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Date: 7/9/12 1:11 PM

I use a plastic ice cube tray in a drawer, with different needles in each cube.

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Date: 7/9/12 1:26 PM

I buy them 100 at a time from CTSUSA, and keep them in the paper pack and rubber band they put around them. Then I keep them in my middle treadle drawer.

It locks and I have a key, so little nosy, hands can stay out of sharp, pointy objects.

Not practical for 99% of the people here, however. When my son was little, I kept them in a spare sewing basket that was in my closet on a high shelf.
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Date: 7/9/12 1:27 PM

I keep my needles in a small tackle box. Feet (and attachments) go in there too.
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Date: 7/9/12 1:46 PM

First I kept the packages loose in a tin. Until I got too many Schmetz packs to sort through easily. The few Singer needle packages still reside there.

Then I kept the Schmetz needles in baseball card holders in a 3-ring binder, but got tired of them falling out if I held the binder too flat.

Now I use an old wooden Wilson & Wheeler attachment box. The Schmetz needle cases just fit on end and a piece of cardboard cut to fit between rows keeps them in line.

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Date: 7/9/12 4:14 PM

Four zip-lock sandwich bags: one for sharp needles (like Microtex), one for ballpoint & stretch, third for universals, and last one for specialty needles like leather & twin.

The bags live at the top of my sewing supply box.
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Date: 7/9/12 4:30 PM

Good suggestions! I lose mine a lot around my apartment so I'll have to try some of your tactics. Not to thread hijack, but what do you do with old/dull needles? Recycle them?

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Date: 7/9/12 4:31 PM

I got one of the pink Singer pincushions on sale at WM for $1.50 when they re-organized their dept.
It has 6 sections from 11 Knit to 16 woven where you stick the needles--a real lifesaver as I can't read those fine needle numbers even with strong specs. Why can't they all come up with a Standard Color Code? You could make your own by marking off one of the red strawberry ones too.
I also mark BP's with magic marker or nail polish, but it wears off.
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