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Sharon posted on Sun, Jul 1 2012 11:27 AM

Frequently I sew small projects that does not use up a new needle. I use specific needles for different projects so many of them still have life left. I always get confused about which needle I have used since I cannot see the writing on the needles. I've have tried making notes and using blue painters tape on the needles but that did not work well for me. Does anyone have an easier way to track the type of needle used and how much it has been used? 

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Answered (Verified) Pat M. replied on Sun, Jul 1 2012 11:53 AM
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I use one of those "tomato" pin cushions that Marie described.  In each section, I have marked a needle size and type (such as Topstitch 14).  I also write the numbers 1-7.  If I use that needle for only about an hour, it goes in the pin cushion where the number 1 is, 2 hours where the number 2 is, etc.  That way I know how much I have used the needle and will know when to throw it away.

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Marie replied on Sun, Jul 1 2012 11:39 AM

Sharon, it has been suggested that you use one of those pin cushions that are separated by floss?  and mark each section with a permanent marker with whatever your needle is and store them there.  Other ideas might be to mark empty pill bottles and store them that way or Tick Tack containers, anything small.  Hope this helps.

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Answered (Verified) Pat M. replied on Sun, Jul 1 2012 11:53 AM
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I use one of those "tomato" pin cushions that Marie described.  In each section, I have marked a needle size and type (such as Topstitch 14).  I also write the numbers 1-7.  If I use that needle for only about an hour, it goes in the pin cushion where the number 1 is, 2 hours where the number 2 is, etc.  That way I know how much I have used the needle and will know when to throw it away.

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Marie replied on Sun, Jul 1 2012 12:06 PM

Just sitting here thinking that a simple needle holder made of felt like the one MNancy gifted at the VB retreat would be another excellent idea.  Or the one Barbara gifted me with my birthday block.  Pics to follow.

Top ones MNancy's Bottom ones Barbara's

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strong eyeglass + light with magnifier + magnifying glass. works for me.

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Marie, you are so smart!  I would never have thought to do that myself.  I was only putting hand-sewing needles in my book.  It's easy enough to label the "pages" with a fine point marker indicating needle size and hours of use.


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Marie replied on Sun, Jul 1 2012 2:25 PM

MNnancy:
Marie, you are so smart!

Well Nancy, I'm entitled to at least one day a year!

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Kris replied on Sun, Jul 1 2012 3:44 PM

MNnancy:

Marie, you are so smart!  I would never have thought to do that myself.  I was only putting hand sewing needles in my book.  It's easy enough to label the "pages" with a fine point marker.

That's what I did with mine Nancy. That little needle book is one of my favourite things. I think of you every time I use it.

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Kris:
I think of you every time I use it.

Thanks, that makes me smile!


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I've tried the magnfier and light and glasses trick with no luck, these eyes of my don't cooroperate!

Thanks SvelteCelt

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What great ideas all of you have! I'll probably try all of them!

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