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As you can see, my original Machine Needle Index is rather thick!


This made it awkward to handle, and I had to keep it stood up in an ice cream carton as it flopped about otherwise.  I decided to re-design it to fit in a ring binder so it would be easier to handle and store.  It also means I could add notes and samples.


Now here in the U.K. we use A4 paper for the printer, and I designed the new version to have two pages fit on an A4 sheet.  (That makes each page A5).  Now you could leave the two pages as they are and put them in an A4 ring binder, but as I wanted to have the organizer open flat on my worktable when I was sewing, an open A4 folder would take up a lot of room, as you can see above.


So I decided to buy an A5 ring binder as it is half the size, and found this one on Amazon. It flops open and flat, which is perfect. It's black, which is not so perfect, so I may have to do something about that!

I printed off the new pages and added the clear vinyl pockets and felt pieces.  I also added a "Fabric, Needle & Thread Guide" table (as suggested by Billie Geist, thank you).


I used white felt this time, but I rather wished I had chosen a colour instead as this is a bit dull.  I stuck the pages back to back (to hide and seal my stitches) with double sided-tape again as I still haven't bought a hot glue gun, then punched the holes.

Et voila! My New Improved Machine Needle Organizer!  

Much better, I'm happy with that, far more sleek and professional looking.  I bought two of the A5 binders as I thought I might make the other a gift, with some needles in it. I am not sure what I will do with my original prototype now, seems a shame to throw it away after all that effort!

So 'over the pond' I know you use U.S. Letter size paper, but do you have an equivalent half size like our A5?  I thought I might do a Tutorial and include the files to download and print so you could make your own.  What do you think?

STOP PRESS!  Free tutorial and downloadable pdf files for a new improved version now available!

Make your own Sewing Machine Needle Organizer


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Comment by Kerry Nicholls on March 2, 2014 at 7:34am

I am in Australia was just wondering if all needles are the same everywhere.

Comment by Jean M. on March 2, 2014 at 6:58am

You did a wonderful job that we all could benefit from .Would love the tutorial as needles are the biggest mystery to me. Thanks so much for sharing.

Comment by Karen on March 2, 2014 at 6:56am

Kerry - not sure what you mean by this being an American page? As regards needle sizes.... 

"The European metric sizing system for sewing machine needles is numbered from 60 to 110. The American sizing system is numbered from 8 to 18. For both sizing systems, the lower the number the finer the needle and the higher the number the larger the needle. Most needle companies show both sizes on the package" (excerpt from  

Unfortunately it would appear that Schmetz have them Metric/U.S. and I have my pages the other way round.  It will take me hours to change them all! 

Comment by Jennifer Wright on March 2, 2014 at 4:23am
Love it, please do the tutorial so we can download it. Needles to me are one of the great mysteries of sewing. Thank you
Comment by Kerry Nicholls on March 2, 2014 at 1:18am

BTW if this is an American page are all needles universally the same?

Comment by Gabi Boris on March 2, 2014 at 1:02am

Oh yes, please make a tutorial to download. This is a very great way to keep needles organized. Never saw another needleorganizer that is so practically and looks good too.

Comment by Angie Wolfe on March 2, 2014 at 12:15am

Would love to have a tutorial and be able to download the files. TIA!

Comment by Kerry Nicholls on March 1, 2014 at 8:03pm

This is a great idea. Yes please would love to print the needle files out.

Comment by Alanapr on March 1, 2014 at 5:24pm

It is possible to take an 8.5"x11" page and make 2 8.5"x5.5' pages on it, if that is any help. We also have available binders for the 1/2 size paper.

Alana in Canada's Capital

Comment by Elsbeth Kramer on March 1, 2014 at 5:08pm

Great idea!  When finished would be worth all the effort.



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