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« on: March 11, 2012 03:17:00 PM »

I sew lots of different types of things from clothes to crafts to home dec.  So I need lots of different needles for my machine.  When I change projects I end up having to rummage around in my supplies trying to find the right type and size of needle.

I also like to try and change out the needle often (sharp needles are so much nicer to sew with).  So I switch out the needle on my machine often but then I'm left with what to do with a needle that was used once or twice.  I don't want to put it back in with the new and it still has some life so I don't just want to toss it.  If I put it in a pin cushion then I can never remember later if it was a sharps needle or maybe a ball point and did I use it just for a few seams or is it mostly worn out.  Different manufactures have different colors to code the needle type and so don't have any color...who can remember them all. As for seeing those tiny little numbers to figure out what size it is...almost impossible. 

So my solution...a needle case labeled with common type and size machine needles.  I can flip to the right needle type and find the right size needle for a project instantly.  As I use the needle I'll move them across the strip so needles at the center of the book have more use than those on the edges.  I special marker pin is placed in the spot of the needle in the machine so when I remove it later I'll remember where to return it.  Front and back have a few pockets to keep the unusual needles the don't fit in the labeled spots.  The whole case was made from one Moda charm pack plus some felt for the strips, a bit of printable fabric for the labels, and batting.







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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012 03:28:52 PM »

HOLY Batman that is awesome!  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012 04:44:18 PM »

GREAT idea!
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012 05:23:00 PM »

Love love love love love this!! It's such a great idea and so wonderfully executed. The fabrics you chose are delightful! My sewing machine needles are all over the place in my craft room.

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012 05:33:02 PM »

I agree, very rockin'!
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012 09:53:09 PM »

OMG LOVE!!!!!!!!!!

I never understood people making needlebooks for hand-sewing needles, but this is ingenious!

I just got a new sewing/embroidery machine (my first fancy schmancy machine   Cheesy ) and I really wanna get in the habit of using the right needles for what i'm doing and using new needles when i'm working on nicer stuff. I think this may just be the thing to get me organized and in the habit of using needles properly. Totally pinning this so I can make one.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012 01:21:35 AM »

This is brilliant! It would also be a great idea for separating your embroidery/tapestry/cross-stitch/regular hand-sewing needles by size. Awesome work!
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012 04:20:28 AM »

Absolutely love this. Love the organization, love the little tags and I love the fabrics you used. Super Rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2012 08:22:37 AM »

I never understood people making needlebooks for hand-sewing needles, but this is ingenious!

Really? What do you do with your needles when you're hand stitching? I remember years ago I used to stick the needle I was using into the knee of my pants, that ended when I had an "accident" *never again*.

I was thinking this would be a neat project to do for hand sewing needes too. I love the owl needle book I got in a swap but all the different sizes and purposes get mixed up and hard to fine. It would be great to have little labelled pages for them too...
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2012 11:13:51 AM »

Thanks everyone.  I had fun making this.

I was thinking this would be a neat project to do for hand sewing needes too. I love the owl needle book I got in a swap but all the different sizes and purposes get mixed up and hard to fine. It would be great to have little labelled pages for them too...

I never thought about a labeled hand sewing needle book.  I have a couple of simple ones and the needles are just sort of randomly placed in there or a pin cushion.  I guess I'm less careful about what type of needle I'm using and how much use it's had when it comes to hand needles.  Maybe if they were organized I'd get better with that.
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2012 11:15:54 AM »

I almost used a glove needle for embroidery the other day, that would have been a disaster! Can you imagine ruining a project like that? I would have cried.
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012 06:16:49 PM »



Really? What do you do with your needles when you're hand stitching? I remember years ago I used to stick the needle I was using into the knee of my pants, that ended when I had an "accident" *never again*.


I keep my hand-sewing needles in the pack they came in and if I'm sewing and need to put down the project I just stick the needle in the extra fabric of what I'm working on or sometimes in the side of the spool of thread or embroidery floss. And then I've got these 2 random needles that are stuck in my junk-basket by my bed, I don't know how they got there, but I figure I better keep them there in case I need a needle and can't find my pack.
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012 08:16:29 PM »

I almost used a glove needle for embroidery the other day, that would have been a disaster! Can you imagine ruining a project like that? I would have cried.

That would have been a disaster.  Most of the time the wrong needle won't do more than cause thread tangles, puckering, and lots of seam ripping.  But those cutting edges on a glove/leather needle could cause some serious damage!

And then I've got these 2 random needles that are stuck in my junk-basket by my bed, I don't know how they got there, but I figure I better keep them there in case I need a needle and can't find my pack.

I often find needles stuck in random places.  Right now I have a couple sticking out of the wrist cushion on my mouse pad.  I was sewing with watching netflix on the computer and that seemed an easy place to stick them.  Usually I remember to put them back but occasionally I find them much later and wonder what I was thinking when I stuck them there.
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012 09:27:51 PM »

That's really a wonderful idea and so beautifully executed.  Is there anything you can't do?  Smiley
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I often find needles stuck in random places.  Right now I have a couple sticking out of the wrist cushion on my mouse pad.  I was sewing with watching netflix on the computer and that seemed an easy place to stick them.  Usually I remember to put them back but occasionally I find them much later and wonder what I was thinking when I stuck them there.

Oh that totally reminds me, the weirdest place I've found a needle. A couple weeks ago the space bar on my keyboard was sticking and the little lint brush and can of air weren't fixing it so I popped the key off and underneath was a sewing needle. My computer geek friend totally chewed me out for that one, he didn't think it was nearly as funny as I did.
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2012 03:57:25 AM »

So. Awesome.  I lust.  I doubt I'll ever get one made myself, but oh, if I could barter or beg or buy or steal.

Or just... learn to quilt.  That too.
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2012 07:55:38 AM »

total love!!  I really need one, although I didn't know it until just now!  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2012 08:31:03 AM »

This is gorgeous! I love the fabrics and the way you put them together. Great work!

I will now embarrass myself by admitting I only have one needle for my sewing machine.  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2012 03:51:28 PM »

That's really a wonderful idea and so beautifully executed.  Is there anything you can't do?  Smiley

LOL...yep plenty of things I can't do.  I just have too many crafty hobbies!

I will now embarrass myself by admitting I only have one needle for my sewing machine.  Cheesy

You sound like my mom.  I mentioned changing needles to her and she replied that the only time she ever changed a needle is if she broke one and she used a universal needle for everything.  She use to sew a lot when we were kids but ended up having problems with her machine, getting frustrated with it, and gave up sewing.  I jokingly told her if only she knew to use the right needle type and change them out when they got dull that she might still be sewing!
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2012 04:37:05 PM »

Well, I don't know if that is true Chris.   But everything I've seen you do, you do well!  Smiley

Hehe, I'm guilty of only using the universal needle too.  Luckily I don't do any fancy sewing.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2012 06:54:45 PM »

Totally awesome!

I know, right?!  I put this on my profile page as one of my favorites made by others.  This is so brilliant and the fabrics are really really fun - my style!   Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2012 12:54:22 PM »

Wow Shocked great idea! I may have to try to make one for myself! Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2012 01:45:14 PM »

Brilliant! And something like this would make sure my beading needles stay sorted as well. Or in one place. Or at least I hope so. Pesky little things.
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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2012 01:57:04 PM »

Anna, those I try to keep in the paper package they come in so they don't get damaged. Even just sticking them into fabric is enough to bend them! No reason there can't be a small pocket sewn in to hold the whole pack though, that would keep them safe and easy to find. Easy to find is getting really important to me, I spent more time locating supplies the other day than I did making a project! Grrr...
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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2012 02:31:51 PM »

This is super fab, it's like a little needle book!  This rocks!  I love it. (I wish I were so organized with my needles!)  PS - gorgeous colors!
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2012 11:02:34 AM »

What a brilliant idea, I always loose the packaging for my needles and then have no idea what I'm putting in my machine
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« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2012 01:18:01 AM »

That's a great idea! I'm going to make one to separate the sharps from the ball points, then by sizes.Some of those needles can be sharpened a little. Id leave room for some of the packages too.Wish I could come up with a system for all the bobbins. It would have to have clear vinyl windows.
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That's a great idea! I'm going to make one to separate the sharps from the ball points, then by sizes.Some of those needles can be sharpened a little. Id leave room for some of the packages too.Wish I could come up with a system for all the bobbins. It would have to have clear vinyl windows.

You can get a clear plastic bobin case for a couple bucks at walmart. My sister got me one for xmas, super handy, I don't know why I didn't get one years ago.
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« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2012 11:21:21 AM »

I seriously need to make one of these for myself...  *chuckle* This is totally rockin'.
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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2012 11:25:33 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2012 04:00:33 AM »

Wow...what a great idea! I have a needle/pin case for hand sewing, but it's unorganized.

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Is there any chance you can give us a tute for this project?

How did you make the size markers?
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Is there any chance you can give us a tute for this project?



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« Reply #33 on: April 08, 2012 10:47:18 AM »

This is so Awesome!! Shocked  I'm always loosing my hand needles & sometimes machine ones, but like some above said I don't change them unless they break or maybe feel dull. Also my hand needles I'll put them in the thing i'm working on or in my pants or shirt & then can't fine it & there it's in the rug around where I sew.  So I think if had a needle book like yours that would be great! Love a Tute also.
Thanks for showing it!! Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2012 05:17:44 PM »

Is there any chance you can give us a tute for this project?

How did you make the size markers?

The size markers are printed out on printable fabric sheets like these.  http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Printable-Printers-11-Inches-53207/dp/B0018N9Y3C/ref=pd_sim_ac_3  I used the iron on ones, made a word file with common sizes and needle types, printed, cut them apart, and then ironed them onto wool felt squares. 

I suppose I could make another one and take pics for a tut as I go along.  I don't really need a second one though.  Anyone want me to make them one...maybe do a personal swap for something?
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What would you want to swap for?
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« Reply #36 on: April 11, 2012 09:24:31 PM »

I don't have anything specific in mind.  Maybe something off my Pinterest Swap Wish List, or inspired by something I've pinned.  Or I'm open to offers if you have something in mind that you make.
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« Reply #37 on: April 11, 2012 11:08:10 PM »

Lemme take a look around your pinterest and I'll PM you, don't wanna get yelled at by the mods for getting too off topic here  Wink
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« Reply #38 on: April 12, 2012 04:47:38 PM »

I really need one, although I didn't know it until just now!

Hahaha - ME TOO!  And a second one for hand needles!
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« Reply #39 on: April 12, 2012 05:32:18 PM »

That is truly beautiful and well organized!
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« Reply #41 on: May 03, 2012 06:27:56 AM »

This kicks a**! It is the epitome of needle organization, IMO! I just love the fabrics and the labelling. I also enjoyed your explanation of how you rotate your needles. Very interesting. What a great share. Thank you!
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« Reply #42 on: September 23, 2012 08:30:55 AM »

I really like your idea and how it turned out.
I think this will be the answer for my sewing machine needle chaos within the big sewing supplies box.
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« Reply #43 on: October 01, 2012 03:08:51 PM »

I love it!  Not only is it quite handy, it's REALLY CUTE!
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« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2014 10:02:21 AM »

I was really inspired by your needle case, so last week I made my own.

Yours is so much cleaner and neater, but I thought you might want to see it: http://www.angela.is/erdbeerblau/2014/10/needles

Thank you so much for the idea Smiley
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