What do you do with sewing machine needles that have been used, but aren’t ready to be thrown away? If you have to change the needle for one of a different size, where do you put the one you take out of the machine? It’s best not to put it back in the package with the new needles, because then when you need a really “new new” one, you won’t know which ones are new and which ones have been used already.
Here’s the quick, easy and cheap fix:
Stick your slightly used needles into a tomato pincushion, which can be found almost anywhere for about $1.00, or you can get the extra large model for a bit more. You can make it even easier to re-use these needles at a later date if you mark the pincushion on the top with numbers using a pigma pen, so that you can organize the needles by size.
As I get older, I find that the numbers on the needles get smaller and smaller (I swear, if they get any smaller they’ll disappear altogether!! 😯 ), so this helps a lot when I’m working on a project where it’s not necessary to have a brand new needle. I can quickly figure out what size all these older ones are without squinting, or getting up to go to the sunny window, or…well, you get the idea.
If you really want to avoid eyestrain, get a NeedleTrak. You’ll only have to take the needle out of the case when it’s new, then you can set the size and type on the NeedleTrak so you know what it is when you take it out of the machine. If you don’t want to spring for the NeedleTrak gizmo, you can keep a notepad by your machine and note the type and size of the needle, or put the package on top of the machine.
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