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    Machine needle organization

    Like all of us, I have all sizes of machine needles for woven and knit fabric. I keep them in original packages for best identification but Id sure be interested in hearing or seeing your ideas.

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    I leave them in the original pkg. and stand them up in a little clear plastic candy container. On used needles, I stick the needle through a piece of paper that has the information written on it and into my pin cushion.

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    I use this box for storage. There are 18 compartments so plenty of room for different types and sizes. I put a green label on the serger needles so they aren't accidentally mixed in with other machines. Each section can hold 8 packs of needles.

    https://www.joann.com/artbin-tarnish...prefv1=Product

    I use the same size box for storing machine feet. Each machine has a separate box that is labeled for the machine.

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    I keep them in thier original packages and label the drawers with the size and type. I use one of these:

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    My "new" needle stash is in a plastic box similar to what RhondaK has shown.
    Plastic "spools" for embroidery floss, are labelled as to type of needle, and size,
    with the corresponding needle packages (original) behind. Like a little filing cabinet!

    Used needles are kept separate from this box in a piece of quilted fabric,
    labelled with a Sharpie as to what they are.

    Garbage needles ... go into an old piggy bank, along with old rotary blades and pins.
    It'll be a long time til I have to figure out how to truly dispose of them,
    but it's a handy and safe storage system for now!
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    I keep in original container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcyshannon View Post
    I keep in original container.

    Yes, I forgot to mention, all needles are in the original containers too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tranum View Post
    Like all of us, I have all sizes of machine needles for woven and knit fabric. I keep them in original packages for best identification but Id sure be interested in hearing or seeing your ideas.
    I have used an index card file box (3x5 size) for my Schmetz needles for years with the cardboard attached. If the package came off the cardboard, I found that the snack size ziplock bags would hold the cardboard with the package.

    I also found https://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com/20...quick-project/ and https://www.quiltingboard.com/missio...e-t210927.html

    As I started finding old blister packs for Singer sewing machine needles, I found they were longer and didn't fit nicely in the file box. Those I started putting in plastic pencil boxes.

    If you don't keep the cardboard another option would be those hanging jewelry organizers.

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    I have a similar box to Rhonda only mine came from Home Depot or Sears hardware. I can't remember.
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    I leave mine in the original containers until I'm ready to use them.

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    I have used tomato pincushions and marked each section with needle size
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    I store them in the original containers. Any used (but still usable) needles go into the little holes in storage container of the sewing machine. Once they are no longer usable, I have a pill bottle with a small hole I made on top and put them in there along with any dull or bent pins. Once it's full, the pharmacy will take them and dispose of them with their sharps.

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    Good ideas.
    I keep them in the origional box, not the cardboard. A put 2 boxes of my favorites in the notions box for each machine. The rest are in an old Tupperware small storage box. Hand needles are in the box from hand work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    I use this box for storage. There are 18 compartments so plenty of room for different types and sizes. I put a green label on the serger needles so they aren't accidentally mixed in with other machines. Each section can hold 8 packs of needles.

    https://www.joann.com/artbin-tarnish...prefv1=Product

    I use the same size box for storing machine feet. Each machine has a separate box that is labeled for the machine.
    I'll try to pick one of these up next time I'm shopping. I use a lot of the clear containers with good closing snaps.
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Size:  1.90 MB (This is my first photo upload here. I hope I did it correctly, not too big.). This is what I use. I get them from Michaels. They are supposed to hold the DMC embroidery floss cards. The sections fit my needles perfectly.

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    The only needles I keep separated are the needles for the 1500se. They are kept in a box with the machine parts and attachments. Other needles are kept in the little plastic containers that they came in when those needles are used up I will mark that container and fill it with needles of a single size to reuse them. I am not that organized with my needles.

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    I also keep them in their original packages. I sort them out by size using one of those plastic containers with dividers that can be rearranged to fit the size needed. I picked up a couple of these when I was into the hot fixed jewels.
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    mine is pretty simple... thin drawer probably from some mechanics garage sale, have used it forever.
    I need to top up my filled bobbin supply!
    I use the mirror compact to see where the needle goes.
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    I keep mine in the original containers in a binder that has plastic sheets for business cards. I then put them in order by size or type. I use a binder for both machine and hand stitching needles. It takes up very little space and I can easily find what I am looking for
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan View Post
    I keep mine in the original containers in a binder that has plastic sheets for business cards. I then put them in order by size or type. I use a binder for both machine and hand stitching needles. It takes up very little space and I can easily find what I am looking for
    good plan ! I’m going to copy this ! Mine are in a small drawer that’s “too small” !

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    I keep my needles in the original package 99% of the time. Some are in the detachable case on the arm of my machine and the rest are in the case with my extra feet. I hadn't thought too much about it other that I'd like to get some more needles in sized and types I don't have - 100 topstitch, 60 microtex - or some I run low on. Your ideas are really inspiring me to come up with something fun and creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariaM View Post
    I store them in the original containers. Any used (but still usable) needles go into the little holes in storage container of the sewing machine. Once they are no longer usable, I have a pill bottle with a small hole I made on top and put them in there along with any dull or bent pins. Once it's full, the pharmacy will take them and dispose of them with their sharps.
    Ii. Do. This. Too. Thanks for The great tip for disposal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie~ View Post
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Size:  1.90 MB (This is my first photo upload here. I hope I did it correctly, not too big.). This is what I use. I get them from Michaels. They are supposed to hold the DMC embroidery floss cards. The sections fit my needles perfectly.

    Perfect!!!
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    The picture above this post shows exactly what I have been doing for years. This makes life so much easier. Having the same size in the individual sleeves make getting the right needle, the one you need, easy every time.

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    To me needles are one of the cheapest things I buy for quilting. I stopped spending time trying to get them organized and put back in the right package. I use the needle size I need at the time and when I change needles to another size or type I toss the one I took out. So much simpler. No needle laying around for me to wonder which one is it. And every needle used is a new needle. I use one brand of needles, Organ, and buy them in bulk.
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