INK PENS make great NEEDLE HOLDERS!
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Two posts within one month!!
I tend to go through needles at an insane pace.
Apparently the chemicals in my hands eat away at the finish on needles…next
thing I know I have a needle that won’t glide through the fabric. When machine sewing, I will be sewing merrily
along when snap, “another one bites the dust."
We are not discussing the needles I’ve lost in my recliner or on the living room carpet. Someone almost always finds them eventually with their bare feet
I can’t remember what my family did with broken needles, pins etc…My husband’s family had one of those nifty holes in the back wall of their medicine cabinet so that you can save your old razor blades somewhere in the innards of your home between a couple of the studs (I guess in case you ever need them again?) This is my solution.
The cap has a hole in the lid made with a red-hot ice pick. The cap was then glued on (attention Grandboys—What is inside should stay inside!) When it is full, I can throw the whole thing away. No one going through my trash (nosey neighbors, the FBI, hungry dogs etc.) They will not get hurt. And my trash man will also be safe!
Anyway, I seem to go through a lot of pins and needles, so I have tried to find some places where you can purchase in bulk and still get quality (I’m still looking). I recently bought a bunch of twisted wire beading needles and some rigid beading needles. Both were too long to fit my needle case(s). What was I to do? My eyes fell on some non-working ink pens that I had laid aside as I organized drawers.
Many kinds of ink pens will work. These were Z Grip pens by Zebra.
I took the inkpen apart—the clip and cap at the end came off way to easy to suit me, so I hit it with a drop of super glue—so that the tube would only have one working entrance/exit.
While you wait for the hot glue to “set”-take time an make sure you label the tubes if you are making more than one. I am going to make a few more, I have some “gold” embroidery needles that I want to take out of “common circulation”
Last of all,
insert your needles
Tip: Do you have an extra salt and pepper shaker? Stuff that cute thing with cotton and then add either your favorite perfume or essential oil. Now stick your new sachet into your lingerie drawer – the smell will help start your day with a smile!
Patricia Lyn Cobb
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