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Posted on: 4/25/03 10:11 PM
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I stick my sewingmachine needles on a pin cushion which clamps on my sewingmachine instead of putting them back in the boxwhere they belong.I mark my stretch needles with a tip of red nailepolish so I can easy see which needles are for knits.

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Mandolin82 said... (5/8/03 1:39 PM) Reply
I tried something like this before I read your tip. I marked different areas of a pincushion with different needle types, and had all my used ones organized (I've been doing lots of SMALL projects). Then my 13 year daughter, who fiddles with everything, picked it up and moved all the needles around while she was talking to me. AAAAAARGH!!!
els said... (4/27/03 3:44 PM) Reply
Mel.J. I mostly use one size 75 of stretch needles and ballpoint size 70.But for normal sewing I use mostly size 60 and 70 .But I have the whole range from 60 to 110,and ofcourse the microtex sharps.When I finished a projekt I remove the needle and start the next projekt with a new one,except for the stretch and balpoints needles. Because this kind of projekts does not take so much time that the needle has to be thrown out.I always check the needle by feeling with my fingertips if the needle still feels smooth and is in a good condition for the next project I save it for the next time.To indentify what size needle to pick because of the small writing I use a magnifier glass,but if you put them in a box it is much easier . I use Schmetz needles and the top part of the box acts as a kind of magnifier.I have written on the side of my pincushion the size needles which I frequently use so "if" I put them in the right spot it must be easy to pick the right one,but for security I always check.
Mel.J said... (4/27/03 0:55 AM) Reply
Interesting idea Els - do you use a variety of needle sizes or mostly stick to a couple? I find it hard to read the size on the needles so I keep them in the boxes. I use nailpolish too - I put my discarded needles back in the boxes & I mark them to be able to tell the used from new ones.
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