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What does a Sewing Machine, a Piece of Blu-Tack & a Packet of Sewing Machine Needles Have in Common?

What does a Sewing Machine, a Piece of Blu-Tack & a Packet of Sewing Machine Needles Have in Common?

How to know what size needle you’re sewing with.

How to know what size needle is in your sewing machine.

Easily know what size needle is in your sewing machine.

These are questions that I'm often asked, but I'm going to ask you this question....

What does a sewing machine, a piece of Blu tack and a packet of sewing machine needles have in common?
Possibly not a lot except all these 3 items added together really make my
sewing & quilting life sooo much easier.

How? ... you may be asking?


I don’t know about you, yourself, but for me there was a time that I could always easily read the size of the sewing machine needle on the actual shank of the needle.
For those who are not aware of this, manufactures of sewing machine needles have always “embedded” the size of the needle into the metal shank of the
actual needle.

Well I’ve been sewing for many years now, long before I was a teenager,
and this means my eyes are not as fresh as they used to be, so when I take a needle out of my machine to change it to a different size needle I like to place
my needles back into their correct packet, normally always on the right side
of the packet as I’ll always then know that that particular needle has already previously been used.

This is where the problem can start if I have mixed up the correct packet that the needle originally came out of, meaning that I may end up placing a
size 70 needle into a size 90 needle packet.

Now one day I thought there has to be a better way of doing this,
so this is what I did....

I went and got a smallish piece of Blu-Tack and pressed it against the
side of my sewing machine, just near the wheel but not too close to it. Position isn't really important, it just needs to be somewhere that's easy for you to reach.

I then took a needle out of a packet of needles, placed the needle into
the sewing machine, and next I took that packet and pressed it against/into
that piece of Blu-tack on my machine..... and now it's "stuck" there, just waiting..

So then when I want to change my needle to a different size one, I
know exactly which packet to place the removed needle into.
I then put the next needle into my machine, and place that packet onto that
piece of Blu-tack.

Such a simple idea, but it works so brilliantly.
Hoping that this helps you somewhat within your creative journey.

You may also like to check this out as well, seeing how we are talking about needles at the moment.


Have a beautiful & creative day

You can purchase a range of Superior Titanium Topstitch Needles Here.
These are my favoured needles , as well as split eyed needles.