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Thread: how to see the numbers on sewing machine needles

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    When I get them I put them in a labeled drawer in a tiny fishing lure box. Since the container they come in is labeled it's an easy and convenient way to store them.
    It has a lot of drawers so a lot of small sewing "thingeys" stay hidden in plain sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    my husband just told me i should share this discovery......
    i don't know what it's called but you look into someone's ear with it, it's lighted and magnified, it's the only thing i have found to work for me.
    Lol...I'm a ninny...couldn't work out how you look into someone's ear with a needle and how that would help...lol. Then I read it again and went....ooohhhhhhh...lol. Maybe I need my glasses checked...lol

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    Buy a cheap pin cushion. With a pen mark off sections and write needle sizes in each section. When you take an 80/12 out of your machine, put it in the 80/12 section on the pin cushion. That way you can easily keep track of our "loose" needles.

    I have a dickens of a time reading those darn numbers too, luckily I inherited a really small very strong magnifier from my grandfather that does the trick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2
    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    my husband just told me i should share this discovery......
    i don't know what it's called but you look into someone's ear with it, it's lighted and magnified, it's the only thing i have found to work for me.
    Lol...I'm a ninny...couldn't work out how you look into someone's ear with a needle and how that would help...lol. Then I read it again and went....ooohhhhhhh...lol. Maybe I need my glasses checked...lol
    Thanks for my morning laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLWinston44
    I use a jewelers eyeglass
    This is what I use too. I got mine from ebay for a few dollars and it's brilliant.

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    It took me a while to realize that the needles actually had numbers on them. I use a magnifying glass that has a super-close-up area. And I also use the tomato pincushion to store any good needles that I take out of the machine. I just marked the sizes in the divisions of the pincushion with a sharpie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    my husband just told me i should share this discovery......
    i don't know what it's called but you look into someone's ear with it, it's lighted and magnified, it's the only thing i have found to work for me.
    i don't know why needles are soooo hard to read! i can thread one with no problem but i sure can't read them!
    anyway i paid about $13.00 for this thing at the drugstore because we are having ear trouble in this house, now i have another use for it.
    cool idea!

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    I use a little thingy to look at negatives with. I got it when I took a photography course. It's called a lupe. It's 8x and I have no idea what I paid for it.

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    I was just trying to figure out how to do this myself this morning!

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    That is really funny :D

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