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how to organise needles?

sewingj

how to organise needles?
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:43:29 AM »
I`ve just finished sewing 2 things at the same time which required different needles and have ended up with them muddled up! I need to be more organised. 
 If I put them back in the original container I can`t remember if they are part used or brand new - if I put them elsewhere I struggle to identify them again - eyesight is not brilliant so I can`t read the needle without a magnifying glass

Any ideas?

Efemera

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 12:21:23 PM »
As I say I'm a sewing slut.... whatever is in the machine! Though if I do take one out of the overlocker or coverstitch I have a piece of tape stuck to the machine and I stick it in that.

Vegegrow

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 12:40:33 PM »
I was thinking about this the other day as I usually use a new needle for most customer projects but use them up on curtains and cushions  I was thinking a hanging quilted pad and label each area new used and size then I could put each needle in the right section... would that work do you think?
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 12:41:00 PM »
I always take my needles out of the machine when I finish and put them back in the pack   8)
This means I can always pick the right needle out,  :) but I have no idea how old/used it is  :S

Stitchalot

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 13:16:30 PM »
I have a separate tomato pincushion marked in segments with a pen, each area labelled with a different type. Once a needle has been used it goes in there, not back in the packet.  Not foolproof but it helps.


Lowena

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2017, 13:22:39 PM »
As I only ever use one type / size of needle, it doesn't arise. However, I do change the needle for each project and throw the used one away  :ninja:
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Jo

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 13:28:19 PM »
As I say I'm a sewing slut.... whatever is in the machine! Though if I do take one out of the overlocker or coverstitch I have a piece of tape stuck to the machine and I stick it in that.
Phew! I was starting to feel ashamed with everybody being so organized  :D Glad I'm not alone. I usually change the needle when I notice something is wrong (skipping stitches, machine struggling etc.).
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Hachi

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 13:36:07 PM »
I've seen people using the tomato pincushion like Stitchalot mentioned.
Maybe you can whip up something like this using the soft side of the velcro?
(Supposedly, the flower head pin indicates the needle in use)
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BrendaP

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 14:42:01 PM »
I don't do it myself  :ninja: but I've read that if you keep a post it note somewhere on back of the machine and write the size/type of needle in the machine on that and then if you put a used needle back into the packet leave it threaded you will always know what's in the machine and what is pristine new and what has been used.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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sewingj

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2017, 15:06:38 PM »
Thanks - I  quite like the velcro idea - though in my case I wouldn`t need so many categories.  I don`t have a sewing room so everything has to be stored in a chest of drawers and that would be nice and compact.

I just need to get my act together and make it - it`s too hot for anything this afternoon!

Ellabella

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2017, 17:57:05 PM »
I have a cheap plastic box the has several sections, it originally held loom bands somebody's child had.

I put different types of needles in their packs in the different sections.  Used but not shot needles are returned to appropriate section but not back into the packet.

I put a pretty glass bead into the section that held the needle when I put it into the machine so I know what is in the machine.

All in all, quite organised for me!
Desperately trying to alliterate in North Yorkshire

Bodgeitandscarper


Lyn-J

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2017, 18:57:35 PM »
I have a multi sized needle pack, topped up from non multi sized pack. I keep that in front of the machine. Whatever needle is missing is the one in the machine. I also have a needle reminder built into my machine's software but don't always remember to use it  :S
Some of my needles are coloured coded, but I don't know what the code are  :[
How can you tell the difference between a ball-point and a universal by looking at the markings?
Lynne

elephun

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2017, 19:32:06 PM »
I have this Colonial Machine Needle Pack and it works great for me:
http://colonialneedle.com/Machine-Needle-Pack-TM-.html
The same premise as some of the others.

It looks like there is a newer version that isn't plastic and instead is quilted fabric, which is nice. Colonial Machine Needle Pack II: https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/56558/colonial-needle-company/-/machine-needle-pack-ii

I think I've seen patterns for sewing your own similar to the Colonial one on Craftsy before.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2017, 19:35:13 PM by elephun »

elephun

Re: how to organise needles?
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2017, 19:45:27 PM »
Some of my needles are coloured coded, but I don't know what the code are  :[
How can you tell the difference between a ball-point and a universal by looking at the markings?

This chart will probably help if you use Schmetz needles.
The colors on the actual needle are hard for me to see for some reason.

http://www.schmetzneedles.com/schmetz-color-code-chart/