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Old 08-06-2011, 04:56 AM
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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?

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Old 08-06-2011, 04:59 AM
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When you finish a project, remove the needle at that time. Then with each project you will have to put a needle in and that is when you would chose the correct needle for the project.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:03 AM
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I am going to watch this thread... I am 51... do the same thing... yes.. I have had a denim needle in when doing embroidery..... I wish I could figure out a way when I take them out of the package to then identify what they are.. Have bifocals and find it too difficult to read what is on the needle.. I have 2 machines so have to be sure and keep them all straight.. UGH...
I do find the trick using a common drinking straw to help remove and put in new needles... you just hold the drinking straw horizontal and push the needle into one side of the straw. Then it has a handle... it is much easier to put it in and I use that to take it out also, just lay drinking straw on the top of the foot and move needle down by hand and pierce thru one side of straw, loosen the screw.. and it comes out with out dropping into the feed dogs.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by janell2009
I am going to watch this thread... I am 51... do the same thing... yes.. I have had a denim needle in when doing embroidery..... I wish I could figure out a way when I take them out of the package to then identify what they are.. Have bifocals and find it too difficult to read what is on the needle.. I have 2 machines so have to be sure and keep them all straight.. UGH...
I do find the trick using a common drinking straw to help remove and put in new needles... you just hold the drinking straw horizontal and push the needle into one side of the straw. Then it has a handle... it is much easier to put it in and I use that to take it out also, just lay drinking straw on the top of the foot and move needle down by hand and pierce thru one side of straw, loosen the screw.. and it comes out with out dropping into the feed dogs.
That is one of the problems I have also. I cant read size on the needle even with my glasses on and have resorted to using a magnifying glass on occasion. I love the straw idea! I will have o start using that!! Thank you!

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Old 08-06-2011, 05:12 AM
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Color code them with a perminent marker, I do it.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:15 AM
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The straw idea is great!
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:19 AM
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Straw idea is great!
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:26 AM
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What about using different color nail polish, you can get almost any color. Go to a dollar store or any place that sells cheap polish.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:41 AM
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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.
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I cannot read the stuff on needles either. I have a tomato pin cushin just for machine needles and have used a fine tip pen to put the needle # in each section. I put them in the section when I open the package so I always know what it is.
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