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Date: 12/7/13 9:15 AM

I've reached the point where I need more than just a box to store machine needles. My ideas so far are (1) plastic box with dividers or (2) hanging pocket organizer.

Thanks to KathySews, I discovered and ordered this for keeping track of used but still useful needles.

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Date: 12/7/13 10:12 AM

I used to just keep them in a little plastic box. Then the collection outgrew the box. Then I read about keeping them in plastic binder sheets for baseball cards. It worked fine for locating the size I was looking for, but I got tired of the packages sliding out.

Now I keep the Schmetz needles in an old wooden Wilson & Wheeler attachment case. Those little plastic packs just fit, they're sorted, they don't fall out.

The Singer needles for the vintage machines, I don't have so many of, and I just keep them in the original packs in a tin. There's also not so many types of those needles to buy in the first place.

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Date: 12/7/13 10:28 AM

So far I keep my new needles in prescription bottles. Some of them are loose, some are in their original plastic cases. These are then kept in a shallow drawer with organizers to keep them from rolling around.

I look forward to seeing what other people are doing.

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Date: 12/7/13 11:14 AM

When I bought bulk assorted needles I used coin protectors in a binder, not baseball card ones. They did not slip out of the coin pages.

I lost the binder when our basement flooded and have not done a bulk order since.

The packets I have are in a little plastic two drawer container that sits by the machine. I do not keep loose needles. I figure if I used it and need to replace it, out it goes.

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Date: 12/7/13 1:59 PM

I buy Organ needles and when my ELx705 came in a plastic box, I tried to buy those. I found them on a wedding planning site and keep them in those, then put them in my treadle drawer.

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Date: 12/7/13 2:08 PM

I just leave them in their original containers, in a two tier organizer

I got this a long time ago, but the one above by Made Smart looks pretty much the same. It stores a lot of small items as well as sewing machine and hand sewing needles.

If you leave the needles in their case, you won't need a magnifying glass (stored in another drawer) for reading the type/size info on the sewing machine needle shaft.




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Date: 12/7/13 3:36 PM

[QUOTE] I discovered and ordered this for keeping track of used but still useful needles.

Seems a useful item to have, so I am wondering what size this item for storing slightly used needles is? Couldn't find any info on the site. Thanks in advance.

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Date: 12/7/13 5:50 PM

I don't have anywhere near enough needle packets for them to need their own container. They live in the top drawer of a small pressboard drawer unit I got at JA. (I seem to have collected an absurd number of leather needles, however... which I can't explain.)

My used-but-still-good needles go one of two places: Either back in their original package, flat/reverse side out, so I can tell them from new... Or stuck into a scrap of the type of fabric they're good for, tucked into my general supply box (I usually do this when I know I'm going to need that needle again right away).

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Date: 12/7/13 5:57 PM

According to item description on Amazon:
"Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9.5 inches ; 2.1 ounces"

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Date: 12/7/13 6:15 PM

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I've reached the point where I need more than just a box to store machine needles. My ideas so far are (1) plastic box with dividers or (2) hanging pocket organizer.



Thanks to KathySews, I discovered and ordered this for keeping track of used but still useful needles.

I use a different plano box, a 3700 something, which are (roughly!) 14" x 9" X 2" deep. The particular model I have has two fixed dividers the long way, which make three sections. The big one in front is about half the total size, the two smaller ones are both equal in size. There are all sorts of ways to dvide them up; I've split them into six equal sized compatments. Each one is the right size to hold about 100 needles the way organ and Groz-Beckert needles are packaged (it's be less with schmetz household machine needles.). I have a compartment for each size I use regularly. Styles I don't use a lot share a compartment for sizes. the extra compartments hold bobbin cases, spare unused bobbins, feet, and machine screws. The space in front has needle plates, feed dogs, a couple folder attachments, needle threaders, and some random other supplies. It's in the drawer of the cabinet next to my machine, and I open the drawer and open it without taking it out, or take it out, if I need or want to.

I have another one that holds zipper tools and parts, and some other plano boxes with buttons and such in them.

(Edit: I just counted, and have about 50 packages of needles in the box. Room for more, if I used other kinds.)
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