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Posted on: 9/15/10 10:44 AM
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I have a smooth piece of polystyrene on my desk for excess pins but on the one side i have written the different needle names ie. stretch, 70, 80, 90, denim, leather etc. when i am stitching & need to swop out a needle quickly, i locate it on the spot where i have 'leather' written for instance & then i know which needle is which. works every time.

needles dont go missing so they always easy to find. nor do i have to squint trying desperately to read the unreadable marking on the head of the needle!

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Dinkalley said... (12/28/10 5:36 PM) Reply
I do the same thing with a large tomato pincushion -- where I label the sections by size -- I drew a line around the equator and also have types (stretch, metallic, leather, top stitch, etc.) I use 2 pins to show what kind and size of needle is in the machine. When I change the needle, I change the 2 pins.
MNBarb said... (10/11/10 1:03 PM) Reply
This is so simple. Why didn't I think of it! Thanks, I'm going to do this today.
Sharran said... (9/26/10 5:47 PM) Reply
great idea...
Bernie R. said... (9/16/10 10:56 AM) Reply
I've tried so many products for keeping my needles organized, but yours seems like the best (and cheapest) idea. Thanks for sharing!
granny geek said... (9/16/10 0:09 AM) Reply
I have often wondered why needles aren't color coded. For instance, some of my denim needles have a blue mark near the top while embroidery needles have a red mark. There is no real reason that the id number need to be so small either. Imagine how profitable it would be for a needle company to come out with such a would leave all the others in the dust! LOL.
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