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Date: 8/22/13 9:18 AM

What a clever idea!
Reading a needle with your phone.

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Date: 8/22/13 9:57 AM

I am definitely going to give this a try, great tip.

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Date: 8/22/13 10:44 AM

Maybe you can post this fabulous tip in the Sewing Tips & Techniques section so it doesn't get lost?

Thank you!

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Date: 8/22/13 11:38 AM

That is hysterical. You can also use a good magnifying glass, and by good - I mean go buy yourself a Bausch & Lomb one and you'll have it handy in your desk for whatever you need to see larger.

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Date: 8/22/13 12:14 PM

What does reading a needle mean?

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Date: 8/22/13 12:24 PM

Fantastic and I'm sad I hadn't thought of this myself!!

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Date: 8/22/13 12:42 PM

LOL - well some of us use our iphones for everything. Mirrors, rulers of every kind (there are apps that allow you to roll long a length with your phone, flashlight and others... Debit card swiping on and on. I wish it was also a swiss army knife somehow...

I don't have a magnifying glass, but I should buy one and put it with all my other notions. It's good to have backup either way. I wouldn't buy an iphone just for this, but I have one, it is all in one place and I don't have to hunt for it.

The high tech sewing machines have so many features built in that I laugh... Needle threaders, thread cutters, air threading, magnifying built in... It makes me want to get a replacement belt for my treadle just in case the power goes off for a long time somedayHow will I charge my mirror/flashlight/ruler/magnifying glass?

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Date: 8/22/13 1:27 PM

It would be faster to just color the top of the shanks with nail polish and put a dot of the same color on the package.

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Date: 8/22/13 3:05 PM

I just tried it on iPhone (albeit 3GS) and it could not focus enough to be able to read the size. Perhaps a newer model phone has better focal range?

I keep a magnifying glass in my sewing caddy for just this purpose.

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Date: 8/22/13 3:29 PM

Shank of a needle is imprinted with its size and maker: such as...Organ 16/100. It's very small and hard to read without a magnifier.
-- Edited on 8/22/13 3:37 PM --

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