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ChrisSews
« 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 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 #5 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 #6 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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ChrisSews
« Reply #7 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 #8 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 #9 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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