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Posted on: 3/31/04 9:18 PM
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I would forget if my needle was due for a change after I put it away (telling myself I would remember - HA! - whether it was due or new next time I took it out). Simple solution? If due for a change, take out the needle before you put it away AND DON'T REPLACE IT! That way you know the needle is new when you start your next project, and don't have to worry - is it or isn't it?

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babydollz said...
I don't get it...
4/3/04 9:39 PM
Diane Yaghoobian said...
Maybe this isn't a problem for you. I do a lot of embroidery and sew a lot as well. You have to change your needle pretty often, sometimes after each embroidered design, and sometimes you can stretch it out to several designs. Unless you have some very organized way of keeping track how long your needle has been in use, next time you take out your machine you may not know if it's time for a change. I tried to deal with this by putting in a new needle before I put it away, but sometimes I would do a small project (or three!), or just time would elapse and I couldn't recall if the needle in there was new or not. Now I will always know. I will have to put in a new one, OR the one in there is still good.
4/8/04 3:19 AM
Diana M said...
Great idea!! Replacing a used needle, even if it's not for embroidery, solves a LOT of glitches!
4/20/04 6:41 PM
GreekGirl said...
I take a "tomato" pincushion and mark it into slices and label slices with needle type and size. A partially-used needle can be saved in its labelled area, separat from new needles. (I'll only reuse once)
4/22/04 4:40 AM
Miss Fairchild said...
Gutermann thread spools can be opened on one end. I mark the spool with the needle size and how many times a needle has been used (only used needles go into the spools) and place my needles in there (the spools hold up to six needles). The spools can be used on a wall mounted thread holder, next to any thread I might use.
11/4/04 7:11 AM
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