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Posted on: 9/6/10 2:58 PM
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If you have a box of machine needles you can't identify, pick up a jewler's loop or loupe. Make sure it is at least 10x magnification, some models also have lighting included in the loop. They run between $5.00 to $10.00 unless you want the 14K gold one for $200.00

It makes reading the sides of the needles easy, even with reading glasses. You can also zoom into the tip of the needle to identify the tip type.

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Lauren Michelin said... (5/18/12 10:23 AM) Reply
Fantastic tip, I have just rushed to route out my bernina magnifying glass set, using the strongest lense to see the top of the needles. Thanks for this, regards
loti said... (10/27/10 3:37 PM) Reply
SandiMacD - I've seen them on Amazon.com, ebay or a jeweler's supply.
SandiMacD said... (9/9/10 1:28 AM) Reply
This is great! Where do you buy a jeweler loop?
vasallese said... (9/7/10 10:47 AM) Reply
Thanks, I have to admit my vision has definately gotten worse over the years. Didn't think I would ever be able to read the needles again.
 
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