Here’s a tip on how to keep track of old sewing needles: Colour the flat edge of used needles with a marker!
Once a needle is used for a project, mark it. Using a permanent marker, draw a small line across the back of the needle. If it was a small project (i.e t-shirt) then just do a little dash. It probably has another use or two it in. If it was a larger project, like jeans, colour in the entire back of the needle. It’s probably time for a new one.
The type of needle I have available (ballpoint, jeans, etc) is then easy to spot. It also shows how used a needle is. They can also be safetly disposed of once they are used up.
Make sure the coloured side is facing outwards in the case. You can then see at a glance how many needles are used vs new.
I hope you found this helpful! I’d love to know if you have a different way of storing your needles. Or keeping track of used vs new ones.
This was my sewing weekender 2020 project, and I’ve finally taken pictures of it! The top can be made by using the Rosalee Dress pattern and adapt it using the Free Rosalee Top Hack pattern pieces and instructions. The instructions give directions for both jersey and woven. Unlike the jersey option, the woven option still needs a zip and all of the waistband pieces.
I’ve been listening, reading, and learning but there is nothing permanent to show you I’ve been doing that, and I want it to be absolutely clear where I stand. I’m not complacent with how things are. I am guilty of not starting to be anti-racist until the last couple of weeks. Previously, I would have said “I am not racist”, but had the privilege of continuing my life without making sure others could live theirs. I am sorry and I will not fall back to that ignorant type of living.
Looking for a bit of Lily inspiration? Check out this gallery of Lily Tops showcasing the full range of sizes from the testing team. There was a wide range of fabrics used, so you can see it in all sorts of colours, patterns, and with and without contrast ruffles. Plenty of variations to get your own ideas flowing!