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Made my own Sewing Machine Needle Organizer and Index!

So as I said in my last post, I was very impressed with The Needle Index and wanted something similar for my Machine Needles.  It was a labour of love, but I have done it!

Unfortunately I don't have a binding machine, and I ran out of Treasury Tags, but the hard work is all done!  I can keep it next to me when I am sewing and it lays open and flat.

Inside the front cover I have a diagram showing the parts of a needle with the breakdown opposite.  There are also diagrams of the different tips.

The left hand pages have storage for new packs of needles.  The right hand pages have information about the needle,  its uses and the sizes it comes in, plus a piece of wool felt to store "used" needles so I know exactly what AND which size they are!

Inside the back cover I have some guidelines on which size needle to use for which fabric, and the Index of all the needles I researched.  All the first column are in this book.

It's pretty bulky, so I split off the Twin and Other Special needles in the other 2 columns of the Index into a further small Book.  It has room to add more as I collect them!

I did an awful lot of reading and now have a good collection of Needle Reference and Supply websites now!  I had to look up what needles I need for my overlocker and who could supply them, which was a good exercise.  

After all that research I feel I have a good working knowledge of them now, including ones I don't have yet!

Most of the work was finding the information and fitting it into the little tables.  Once they were printed off and cut to size, I chose a "used" denim needle and fitted my teflon foot to attach the clear vinyl pockets.  I used a longer stitch and tied off the ends of all the threads on the back.  Then I changed the foot back to a clear one and stitched the wool felt pieces on.  (I don't have a hot glue gun and my attempts at glueing it on were not too good!).

I have a little hand held single punch I used to do the holes, as I felt the normal punch made them too far apart.  Because the packets make it thick at the bottom it is awkward to handle and I would like to punch 2 more so it is better supported, but I need more Treasury Tags to do that!

I attached the pages to each other using double sided tape, sealing in the stitching and making it sturdier and easier to handle.  I added extra card on the back cover too, so it is all quite firm, but still light.  I am storing all three stood upright in a plastic ice cream carton for the moment, as it makes them easily accessible. 

All in all, a good weekend's work!


Buy your Needle Index (and Needle I.D.Cards) from Needle In A Haystack.  They are in the catalogue scroll down to the very bottom of the "Needles" page.

Here is the Needle Diagram showing the different points, there's another here which is very clear.

I found useful information on Types of Needles and explanation of the Parts of Needles here. They have a very comprehensive Fabric-Needle-Thread guide here

More general information and good Guidance on which size needle to use for which fabric.

Schmetz Household Needle Chart

Hemline "Klasse" Needle Chart

Overlocker Needle - HAX1SP size 11 I only found them made by Organ.   (Harder to track down in the u.k. but I found some on e-bay).  Klasse make several different ones, Type E is HAx1SP size 14, and Schmetz do the size 14 too.

and here's my own personal Needle Index!


Needle Index


Twin Universal

Triple Universal

Quick/Self Threading

Double Eye


Twin Ballpoint

Overlocker HAx1SP


Twin Stretch



Twin Embroidery





Twin Metallic





Twin Jeans





Twin Hemstitch


It's in a table, but the grid lines don't show up here!

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 Fuzzy on April 7, 2014 at 1:03am

the Denim needle title is on the bottom of the previous page just thougth I let you know

Comment by Carol Fryer on January 6, 2014 at 2:28pm

Thanks so much for this. Its a excellent idea. 

Comment by Sue Smith on January 6, 2014 at 1:09pm

Oh...that book is so great! A labor of love, indeed. You should patent and sell them so I won't need to make one. I would buy one right away because it sure beats all the goofy methods I have tried.

Comment by Kiki Polglase on January 6, 2014 at 10:05am

Karen, this is simply AWESOME ! I am full of admiration and am now actually wondering whether you could use all your hard work and sell them !? I would CERTAINLY be the first in the queue !!!!!

Thanks for sharing ! x

Comment by Denise Dickson on January 6, 2014 at 8:58am

Wow!  That's a lot of work!  Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Wendi Lauren Dickherber on January 5, 2014 at 8:02pm

What a great little resource book!

Comment by Billie Geist on January 5, 2014 at 7:40pm

Great!  How about a thread guide??

Comment by Chris on January 5, 2014 at 5:58pm


Comment by mary on January 5, 2014 at 4:33pm
Wow, now I need to do this. Thanks for the links.
Comment by Maria Vazquez on January 5, 2014 at 4:18pm

Alot of thought has gone into this project. A job well done Karen.

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