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    store my sewing needles in

    Need some ideas in what to put/store my sewing needle in.

    Sharon

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    Hi Sharon. Can you give us some more info? Hand sewing needles or machine needles? New ones or used ones? Your grammer seems to point to storing a single needle... is that what you meant?

    Here's what I do.
    I store my hand needles in one of my sewing machine cabinet drawers, inside a re-purposed box. I lined the box with felt, just 'cause I like it that way. Then the little packets of hand needles go in the box. The exception is the Cross stitch needles are in their OWN box, in a different drawer (they are in with the Cross Stitch supplies).

    I keep an old round plastic prescription medicine bottle (label peeled off), the kind that has the child safety locking cap. That's what I put all my used needles to be eventually thrown away. Any type of needle that's 'dead' goes into that little bottle. I keep the bottle in a drawer next to my most used machine.

    New Machine needles I keep in a clutch style, hand made holder. Someone here on the QB made these (grannyquilter, I think). There are clear vinyl pockets made to fit the packets/packages of Schmedt or Organ machine needles that I use. I have different sizes and types, this fabric holder holds them all! I love it! There's also a handy section where I can 'park' a needle that I take off the machine, but am not ready to throw away yet. I simply 'park' it in the section that's labeled for that style of needle. No more guessing what needles are new, or half-used or dead. No more guessing what size or type they are either.

    Anyway, that's what I do.
    Kim
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    wow such great information
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    That is really great information - Thank you

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    They are both new and used needles- hand needles, I always try and keep the needles in the little package they come in.

    Thank you for the info

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    I keep my hand sewing needles in drawers in a small plastic cabinet. The drawers are labeled "embroidery", "quilting", "beading", "long smocking", etc. I also keep a few in a pincushion with each segment labeled. My machine needles are kept in divided compartments in a large drawer labeled "Needles". I have a compartment for each type and size of needle, e.g., universal, quilting, embriodery, ball point, double needles, sharps, etc.). I keep a film roll canister for used needles and bent straight pins. Since I change needles often, that canister gets filled up fairly often.

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    Wow. You guys are so organized. Thanks for the tips. I need them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon59 View Post
    Need some ideas in what to put/store my sewing needle in.

    Sharon
    Hi Sharon: I store my hand needles in an Altoids (empty) box. I use the small size for hand needles and the larger for machine needles. I also know that Joann's sell a small wood case for needles that I have used also. lbmyway

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    I guess I'm the odd one. I don't keep used needles, even the gently used ones. I have so many handsewing and quilting needles I bought on clearance and sales, I don't have the want to keep used ones. I keep the packages in a pretty basket.
    Got fabric?

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    Empty altoid box lined with felt makes a nice resting place for needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfstamper View Post
    Empty altoid box lined with felt makes a nice resting place for needles.
    I also use a empty Altoid box . . . but mine is for the 'used' needles and rotary blades. I take the box to retreat, so all the ladies are not throwing away their needles and blades where someone else could be injured.
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    I store new packages of machine needles in one of those giant-sized pill organizers. Mine is white and I got it at Walgreens. I printed sticky labels for the type/size of needles and stuck them on the lids over the day of the week indicators. The little plastic needle packages fit perfectly in the little cubbies.

    I don't have a good system yet for hand needles....and I live on the Gulf Coast so things rust easily. I need to solve that storage problem soon.

    Anita

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    Great ideas!

    Kwendt - Do you happen to know the link for the Needle Holder?

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