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  • Lost pins and needles

    I am for ever dropping my hand embroidery needles on the carpet...that goes for machine needles and pins. too!. I have found that the best help for this is a magnet, and the bigger, the better. After a sewing session or when I know that I have just dropped something, I take the magnet and lightly run...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Mary Quite Contrary on Wed, Oct 30 2013
  • Know how old your needle is

    I stick a piece of masking tape on my sewing machine. When I change my needle, I write the date on the tape so I can be reminded when it was last changed. All too often I have sewn with a dull needle and this subtle reminder works for me.
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by quiltswalia on Fri, Sep 20 2013
  • Storage container for old needles

    I use an empty prescription bottle to put my broken and worn needles in when I change them out. The container is brightly colored so it's easy to find plus it has the locking cap.
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Rita on Fri, Feb 1 2013
  • Needles

    Good Morning -- I am wondering a few things about needles in general. What size needles do you prefer for Machine piecing Paper piecing Hand sewing the binding Also, does anybody have a good source for buying needles in bulk? I am looking to buy them in bulk instead of the 5-packs that are sold at JoAnn's...
    Posted to Ask Quilting Questions Here (Forum) by Kristin (KAlbrecht) on Tue, Dec 25 2012
  • Storing slightly used needles

    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...
    Posted to Ask Quilting Questions Here (Forum) by Sharon on Sun, Jul 1 2012
  • Staying green and ready to go.

    I am sure we all have someone in the house taking some sort of prescription med. Have you ever thought of how many of these pill bottles go into landfills. Most only need to be wiped out with a dry paper towel to be made safe. The come in a variety of sizes and the labels remove quite easily allowing...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by jgipson on Thu, Feb 2 2012
  • Re: It's Time for MQ V!

    I've been looking through my magazines at the Christmas wall hangings. I made one last year for our motorhome. It was one of those last minute panels and I added some borders and then quilted around it. It really did turn out cute and the kids did like it, so that is important. I started to cut some...
    Posted to Quiltmaking (Forum) by Beth Reese on Wed, Oct 12 2011
  • Re: Used needles

    A tip from my quilting class many years ago was to start each and every project with a new needle. Since I sew, make quilt tops and embroidery I end up with a bunch of full "old" packages. When I break a needle I was using a needle box and when it was full I'd dispose of that box in my...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Caryl Anne on Fri, Sep 30 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    Sharps trash: To dispose of your used rotary blades and dull, bent pins and needles, use a chewing gum cannister. Gum now comes in a "big pak" or cannister that holds 50-60 pieces of gum. The cannister has a flip top that can be used to pop in the pins and needles, or the top screws off which...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by darby222 on Thu, Feb 3 2011
  • "Airline Friendly" Hand Work Project

    My Husband and I are getting ready to take off on vacation and I wanted to take a wool project to work on while we have lay overs and during our time in the air. My question is will they let me take a sewing needle on the aircraft for hand sewing projects? I have a thread cutter I can take so eliminate...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by The Gaertegang on Mon, Nov 15 2010
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