After writing my blog post Keep Track of Your Needles, I decided to submit my idea to the magazine.
Here is my system for keeping track of my sewing machine needles:
Step 1) Begin a new needle. Write an index card with the title being the type of needle and size. Keep this card in front of the others. Write down the projects you make with this needle. It could be several dresses, quilts, etc.
Step 2) When its time to change the needle for a different type of project, remove the old needle and pierce it into the card. Begin a new card for the new needle and repeat Step 1. Always keep the current needle card in front. It will be the only card without a needle.
Step 3) If you break a needle, pierce it into the current card. Fold card several times around needle and tape closed. Throw card away and begin a new needle and a new card.
Read full article here: Keep Track of Your Needles
My idea was published in the current February/March 2013 issue of Sew News.
Read my other sewing articles here: The Lost Apron: Sewing
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