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« on: January 02, 2009 06:05:12 PM »

I just wanted to know, how do you organize your machine needles?  Do you keep them in a drawer somewhere or do you have an organizer for them?  

I want to collect everyone's ideas before I make something for my mom and myself.  We both take our machines to different places, so keeping our needles in a drawer isn't an option.  We have those rolling sewing machine totes, but I'd like to have something else for the needles that I can put into the tote.

Any links or pictures much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 08:34:18 AM »

I would suggest either buying or making something like a small pencil case to keep your machine needles in (as well as a few other small accessories for your machine while you are on the go)  That way everything would be in one area and it would be easier to find in your tote Smiley  Mine are kept in a small plastic organizer that has little sections for different things.. something like that would work too...
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009 06:48:11 AM »

I keep mine in my sewing machine! The little bit I have to take off to access my bobbin has a drawer, so I keep my needles in there.  They're very unorganized in there though!  If they're not in the original packaging, they're just floating around the bottom.  Lips sealed

« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 12:13:44 PM »

I keep mine in a Jammers plastic storage case for Hotwheels and Matchbox cars. The case is made by Plano, and I found mine at Wal-Mart several years ago, but they must be readily available somewhere. There is a picture at http://www.storables.com/Shop/Kids/Hobby-and-Craft/?launch_pg=itemPage&launch_sel=1000951&launch_pg_sp=true&title=Jammers+Kids+Car+Garage+Case  The case holds 48 cars (24 on each side) in gridded boxes.

The Schmetz cases fit inside the boxes perfectly. I have the columns marked with the types of needles across the top boxes (Universal, Sharp, Embroidery, Metallic, etc), and I store them by size under each category (70s, 80s, 90s, etc). This way I can see immediate whether I'm running low on a particular type and size of needle.

Since the cases is two-sided, I can also keep spools of thread on the other side.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009 07:31:16 PM »

You know I just read about needle books yesterday. I came across the pattern in two different sewing books! Apparently it's a little book (easy to make yourself) with "pages" made of felt that you can attach your needles to like pins. It's handy if you label each page like with tags or embroidery or stamps that say "denim" or "size 14 universal" to keep them organized. Obviously not as professional as a case but it's an easy handmade project, and I bet it would make a good gift for a fellow sewer.

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2009 06:22:04 PM »

go to your local sporting goods store & get a small tackle box..thats what i did..i went to where i work @..& i love it!..

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2009 07:49:28 AM »

I know this is an older thread but I was looking for a place to put needles too and found a tute on a felt needle book. Thought I'd share..

« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009 11:27:33 AM »

I have tons of needles of all sorts, so I ended making a felt needle book and keep them all there.  I have some sections for machine needles, some for tapestry needles, some for sewing needles and on the inside of the covers I stuck my very fine crochet hook that I use to repair snags in knits and the elastic guiding tool.  Specialty needles are together in one page, named, and on the tapestry needles pages I wrote the number of each group next to it.  It's one of my favourite notions.  If I could keep the spools the same way, I would!

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2009 07:24:27 PM »

I'm pretty excited about making it actually. I already have it figured out how I'm going to do it. I got so many projects I want to do... Smiley
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2009 12:52:04 PM »

I just bought one of these:

I didn't pay full price for it; it was 75% off.

I used to keep my machine needles in a pencil case, but whenever there was a sale on them, I could never remember what needles I needed to buy.  This case folds in thirds and the first two thirds have clear sleeves where the plastic needle cases fit exactly in.  The bottom third has holes for needles that have been used, and it's labeled so you know exactly what needle is in each hole.
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2009 02:34:24 PM »

You could create a needle wallet similar to the foot wallet I created shown here:


i would make the pockets two third the measurement of the needle case- if you don't have an embroidery machine or do hand embroidery you could label the pocket with fabric paint-

« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2010 09:07:40 AM »

they have these things to store beads in that are like stackable litle tubs that the bottom of one would screw on to the one below to create a lid.  I know it's probably sily the way i am describing it but you can get a stack of like 6 or something of them at walmart for around $2 or so.  I use that for all the itty bitty sewing machine notions and just keep the stack behind my machines.  they're clear so it makes it easy to see

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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2010 03:44:27 PM »

I just bought one of these:

I didn't pay full price for it; it was 75% off.

I used to keep my machine needles in a pencil case, but whenever there was a sale on them, I could never remember what needles I needed to buy.  This case folds in thirds and the first two thirds have clear sleeves where the plastic needle cases fit exactly in.  The bottom third has holes for needles that have been used, and it's labeled so you know exactly what needle is in each hole.

Something I've been wondering and I'm quoting you myrLegacy since your handy NeedlePack has a place for used needles...

What do you do with used sewing machne needles?  Is it safe to resharpen and reuse them?  If so, how do you resharpen them?


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« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2010 05:20:12 PM »

I discard them the way I do any medical "sharps" by putting them in a plastic container like an old cottage cheese container or something, and then tossing. I don't want my preschoolers rummaging through the trash and running around the house with them. The way they did that half-eaten chicken leg. Children can be gross.

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