Saturday, March 30, 2013
DIY - Sewing Machine Needle Organizer Wallet
I've been driving myself nuts trying to keep track of my sewing machine needles. I keep forgetting what I have installed in each of the growing number of machines that I use. I don't want to put used needles back in the "new" container, so I lay them down somewhere with full confidence that I'll easily remember what size it is. It takes about 3 minutes to forget, not only the size, but ever having seen it before.
I needed a system.... so yet another internet search began.
I found this idea somewhere, sorry to the originator whose name and post location I've forgotten, and decided to embellish it for my own use
Basically, you take an 11" x 11" square of an inner and outer fabric, sew the grid with a contrasting thread (I used a quilted fabric to help me keep the lines parallel), label the gridded fabric with a permanent marker then turn it good side to good side with the outer fabric and sew it together with a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a section open for turning it right side out.
Clip the corners and turn right side out, then top stitch around the perimeter.
I then cut a couple circles of velcro and hot melted them in place... VOILA... organization!
I took the photos with the organizer on a cutting mat so that you can get an idea of the grid spacing.
Assign various colored pins to your machines and pin them into the organizer indicating which needle is in which machine.
I'll probably forget which color I assigned to which machine...
She had another idea where she took an old pincushion and wrote the needle sizes about the cushion and just stuck that size needle there. Free, if you've got an old pincushion.
Hope you enjoyed this idea.
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