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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 Angie Wolfe on March 25, 2014 at 10:57pm

That is wonderful!  Thank You!

Comment by Karen on March 25, 2014 at 2:48pm

I'm planning on posting the Tutorial, with the pages to download and print off, on 2nd April.  I've added some extras since I made this version!

Comment by Angie Wolfe on March 25, 2014 at 11:47am

Any idea when the tutorial and download may be available?  I am anxiously waiting....:-)

Comment by Patricia on March 24, 2014 at 10:59pm

thank you . love it , great ideas

Comment by Beverly Pugh on March 7, 2014 at 5:36pm

I love this. I have been looking for a good way to organize my needles. I'm new to sewing and need all the help I can get to make sure I'm using the right thing for what I'm doing. I would love to have a tutorial and downloadable files.

Comment by Karen on March 3, 2014 at 2:32am

I think I may add something about needle sizing after Kerry's concerns.  It also occurs to me I should alternate the pages so the needle packets are at the top of one page, and the bottom of the next, so it doesn't get so thick!

Comment by T. Brinkley on March 2, 2014 at 11:54pm

Great idea & great job!  I need the pdf file so I can make my own.  :)

Comment by Kerry Nicholls on March 2, 2014 at 10:38pm

Karen yay! Then please get your needle book tute into a folder for us all. I am so glad we will finally have something to explain what they are all for! Thank you Kerry.

Comment by Karen on March 2, 2014 at 10:03am

Hi Kerry -  well I'm in England and I use Schmetz needles, and Chris Welsh of Chris W Designs is in Australia and she uses them too (I've seen them in her tutorials).   I just checked and Klasse, Organ, Singer and Dritz all quote both sizes on their as far as I am aware they are the same everywhere! 

Comment by Patricia Graham on March 2, 2014 at 8:54am

I would love to see a tutorial. Thank you.

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