Creating a “Needle Minder” for a Q-Series Machine
One of the things I really love about my Bernina Q24 (and Q20) is that it uses regular sewing machine needles so I can use the right needle for the thread and the job. Needles made for longarms can leave holes in a quilt and I do not like that. But, sometimes I have a hard time remembering what size needle is in the machine…and I certainly can’t read what’s on the shank. I’ve been spoiled by the feature in my 880 where I can tell the machine what needle is in it, and I can check when needed. I started with sticky-notes, but that just didn’t work for me. So, I decided to make patches using the DesignerPlus, v8.1 software and my 880 embroidery machine. If you do embroidery, you may know that you can make a patch or a stand-alone piece from just about any applique…as long as it has a satin stitch around the edge. You stitch everything as usual but you put a backing under the hoop just before the satin stitch finishes the project. Starting in the software, I drew 2 circles for each patch…one circle is a single stitch for a placement line and another one is a satin stitch. Then, I added the size numbers. (I’d probably make the satin stitch a little wider if I do it again.) After the patches are done, add velcro to the back of each one and put a piece of sticky-back velcro on the machine and…TA-DA! Note that the size 60 is in RED. That’s to try to keep me from using the needle threader with a 60 needle. I need all the help I can get!