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Old 09-23-2010, 07:27 PM
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I have been experimenting with machine quilting - different threads and needles. I am keeping a written journal of what works best with what, but tonight I found myself confused. I'm not sure what needle I have in the machine. The system I had going of leaving the needle pack open from which the current one came has failed me, since I have two open packs next to my machine, each with one needle out of it.

I do know that the size is engraved in teeny print on the shaft, but I cannot begin to see that. There must be a magnifying glass around here someplace, but this is way too labor intensive.

I need a better plan and I'll bet you people already have one to share with me. *S*
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:33 PM
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Do you write in your journal what needle you have in the machine? Would that work?
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:36 PM
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What works well for me is, as soon as I get them, I put a dab of wild Halloween fingernail polish on each needle. One dab for one size with the identical number written down on a piece of paper that I tape on the package, with the right size, two dabs with number written down. I can see right away what size it is, even without being able to find my magnifying glass. Of course I have to use something to see the numbers in the first place, but then the glass can stay lost for a while.

The dabs of fingernail polish goes under the gripper so it does not affect the sewing.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:37 PM
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yes, I do record which needle I am using for which test piece, but today I changed test pieces. Did I change that needle? I don't think so, but did I yesterday?

Old People and Memory....LOL
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Ramona, I like your fingernail polish idea! Now I'll have to go buy a bottle of it. But please, what do you mean by the "gripper"?
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:45 PM
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I have my machine needles in a large pill box type thing. I put a button in the section that I took the needle from.
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Old 09-23-2010, 07:48 PM
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I put a post-it note on my machine when I change needles.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:32 PM
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After tossing many good machine needles because I had no idea what size they were I made myself know what needle I am using in my machine. I write down the size and type of needle when I change it and write the date and time too. I have started using Organ Titanium coated topstitch needles so when the other brands I have are used up, keeping track won't be hard, the needles are colored coated so I can see at a glance what they are.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:42 PM
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I keep an index card in my drawer and write the date, type and size of
needle. That way I know for how long I've been using the same needle
too.
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I use a tomato pincushion and write the sizes on the sections. I put a regular ball-tip pin in the section with the needle size that's in my machine.
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