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Old 08-07-2011, 02:09 PM
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Have the same issue as we refurbish machines. I write a bio on te machines and add the needle type and size I am using because my husband and I handle machines in differnet ways our choice of needles are different and it's hard to keep them straight if not. I also keep the pack close by and put a small permanent marker stripe on the used needle before puting it back in the pack.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:24 PM
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I use a little piece of blue painters tape which will not leave a residue when removed. Just use any pen and write the type of needle being used. Just be sure to change it when you change the next needle.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jitkaau
The needles that I buy are colour - coded.They have little bands at the top of the shaft -blue,green maroon,gold etc.Perhaps you could buy those to make it easier for your memory?
Wouldn't it be a good idea if all needles were standardised colour coded. Manufacturers take note.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:46 PM
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A bit off track, but the old needles are great to pound into the wall and hold fairly light pictures, etc..
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Gramie bj
When I stop a project(not finished) I remove the needle, thread through a small piece of fabric from that project (usualy focas piece) then store it in a Large pill bottle, When the bottle gets full I know I have too many UFO'S Makes it easy to find. Must add straws to shoping list.
What a fantastic idea, I will start with that , also any one got clear idea when I need to REPLACE the needle? I only use mine for piecing not for quilting? I can't feel any difference in the way they go thru the fabric.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:52 PM
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Never heard of the straw idea. Gonna have to try it.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:20 PM
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This has been a most helpful issue. I have lots of ideas now to work with to keep up with needles. It has been a "needling" issue for me.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:37 PM
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I often use multiple types and sizes of needles in a single project -- often in a single day, so this is a big issue for me.

Even if I know the needle type, I have difficulties reading the size stamped on the needle. I cannot even read those with a magnifying glass. Maybe it would make it easier to see if I marked the number with a black sharpie, and then wiped off it off the surface. That's something I'll have to try.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Cindy2sew
Ok, I admit I am getting older (52) and I have difficulty remembering which needle is in my machine! I switch projects a lot and change my needle (when I remember) to the project I am working on so I could end up with an denim needle on a embroidery project. (Its happened)
I need some ideas how to remember which needle I have loaded in my machine. I have tried post-it notes on the front of the machine but I find they fall off too easily. Any suggestions?

Cindy
Check in the search area. there was an idea about a needle case to help you with that problem. It was labeled and divided and the one missing is what is in your machine.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Gramie bj
When I stop a project(not finished) I remove the needle, thread through a small piece of fabric from that project (usualy focas piece) then store it in a Large pill bottle, When the bottle gets full I know I have too many UFO'S Makes it easy to find. Must add straws to shoping list.
What a neat idea.
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