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    Needle-Sense

    I went from someone who never changed a needle to someone who now has a collection of a gillion types of needles and I change them frequently, depending on my project. My problem is that I cannot read the needle head anymore to see what size I've put in the machine. I started noting the current needle on a sticky note next to my machine and then I thought...I know just who to ask about this!! Anybody have some good ideas on how to keep up with just what needle you've got in your machine so you can re-file it back in it's package when you've finished your project?

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    When I have a project with a certain needle, I usually put a sticky note or staple a sticky note to the piece of fabric used in the project and just stick the needle in it. Attach it to the pattern? whatever. Just like any other projects. Stick in a Ziploc.

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    I have a craft box from JoAnn's, I think they're for beads. Each slot is just big enough to hold needle packages. I have two machines and I use two different buttons and drop one in the slot for the needle that's in the machines.

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    I use a pin cushion tomato. It has sections around it and I mark the needle size in the sections with a Sharpie. I keep my used-but-still-sharp needles in the proper section and can easily find the size I want.
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    In sept there will be a quilt show in Meritta They have a really neat needle holder. You put a flower pin in a section indicating the needle you have in the machine. They sell it at the registration desk. It is a really neat way to identify the needles. You might search on the site for The Origional Sewing And QUILTINg Expo and see if they sell it on line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB View Post
    I use a pin cushion tomato. It has sections around it and I mark the needle size in the sections with a Sharpie. I keep my used-but-still-sharp needles in the proper section and can easily find the size I want.

    So how do you tell what's in the machine a week later?

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    Magnifying glass............

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    Take the packet it came from and using a piece of double sided sticky put the packet on the side of your machine . Will stay in place while you use it and then you can replace and put new pa let there for a new size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I have a craft box from JoAnn's, I think they're for beads. Each slot is just big enough to hold needle packages. I have two machines and I use two different buttons and drop one in the slot for the needle that's in the machines.
    Now THAT is ingenious. And simple as can be. Thank you for a great tip!

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    This was made for me by sewdamncute in the Secret Pal swap. One of the best presents I've ever received! I use a coloured pin to indicate which needle is in my machine - one for my Janome and one for my Pfaff.

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    Also, to read the needle size, buy a jewellers loupe from the likes of eBay for a few dollars. I don't really use mine much now I've got them organised, but occasionally I forget to move the pin, lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB View Post
    I use a pin cushion tomato. It has sections around it and I mark the needle size in the sections with a Sharpie. I keep my used-but-still-sharp needles in the proper section and can easily find the size I want.
    I do this also but then I found that I forgot which one I put in the machine. So now I put a flower head pin in the section from which I removed the needle.

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    You can get the jewellers loupe at Harbor Fright. that "Knitette" talks about.
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    I have a pretty little bowl that I found at Goodwill next to my machine. It holds a couple different things that I don't want running around. All my needle packs are in the silverware try that holds all the other stuff. I take the needle out of the machine put it in the pack thats in the bowl and return it to the silverware tray. Then choose my next victim, um needle. That pack then goes in the bowl. Whatever is in the bowl is what's in the machine. Been doing this for years. The only time it doesn't work is when I take the last needle out and throw away the pack. Oh well, I didn't want to use the needle again anyway.lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB View Post
    I use a pin cushion tomato. It has sections around it and I mark the needle size in the sections with a Sharpie. I keep my used-but-still-sharp needles in the proper section and can easily find the size I want.
    I do this as well - works for me.
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    After using a needle for quilting, I use it for piecing until a problem with it comes up. Then I discard it. I have tons of these needles and will probably never use them up. I mostly use a size 14, so that is usually what needle size I have.
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    All such wondeful ideas!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AudreyB View Post
    I use a pin cushion tomato. It has sections around it and I mark the needle size in the sections with a Sharpie. I keep my used-but-still-sharp needles in the proper section and can easily find the size I want.
    Then I mark the section where the present needle belongs when finished, if still in good condition. A flower head pin works just fine for me.
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    Great ideas - thanks for sharing!

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    Soon as I put a new/different size/style of needle in my machine I take
    a piece of painters tape and write the following info on it.

    Brand of needle
    style of needle (large eye sharp, ball point, leather, etc)
    size of needle
    date needle put in machine

    Then IF (when) I take that needle out I have the info and can
    than use that piece of painters tape to "old" the needle on a
    piece of paper or where ever I put "used needles".
    After removing the needle I write the date it was removed and
    TRY to list approx. how many projects I have sewn with it. If
    more than 10 projects than that needle goes to my box of usable
    needles except for sewing quilting items (for sewing items that might
    have stiff peltex and such in it).

    Of course this is what I found that works best for ME, everyone has
    their own methods of keeping track of needles and such.
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    I'm not as organized as some of you ladies. When I put a needle in a machine, I place the case it came from on the pad next to pin cushion-thread catcher by machine.

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    I just bought a neat needle pad from CONNECTING THREADS. It is called "MY PAD FOR NEEDLES" It is a Machine needle pad organizer. It has a space for the most common needles. You just pin the needle to the proper space and You always know what size it is.
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    Did this come from Sew Darn Cute book? i love it and want to make it. What are the dimensions, thanks

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    I love the picture of the needle holder from "sewdamncute"....I have something on the same order, but it doesn't hold the needle cases so this is even more useful.
    What I have is a square of muslin fabric 6" quilted, and bound. The muslin square is marked in half each way across, up and down, and diagonally, which gives 8 divisions. With pigma pen, I wrote the type/size of needle and keep needles in the matching area. When using a needle, I put a .pin in the corresponding spot. It works, as long as you remember to use the pin! I actually made 2 of these, one for the more regular needles, and another one for the specialty needles that I use (like embroidery, quilting, denim, etc)

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    I put a small piece of scotch tape on the top corner of my machine leaving just a small piece sticking out over the edge. I write the needle size on it. When I change the needle it's very easy to pull the tape off and put a new piece in it's place.
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    Like your idea!

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