A quick tip for sewing room safety

Sewing room safety is not a huge concern for quilters but there are a few issues to worry about. We work with big machine, items that cut and needles. Usually we are extremely careful about all of these factors. I have to admit, however, that I've been negligent in one area for years.

Changing my needle was not a common occurrence so I did not have a policy on how to deal with the old ones. Usually they were broken.

I knew I should dispose of them safely but I was fuzzy on what that meant. I would take the broken needle and stick it through some fabric and maybe wrap it in a bit of batting. My method depended on what was available in the trash can, not a very reliable system.

I was also cheap about changing the blade on my rotary cutter and I was even more conflicted about how to dispose of these blades. Even dull ones were sharp so I would try to keep the plastic case they came in. Sometimes I did not have one.

This all changed after I published a post on how I was cheap about certain things in sewing. I got a whole new insight and fresh ideas. Plus I bought a Massdrop of 100 needles and was gifted needles for my Longarm.

I also clicked on a Facebook ad for a blade on Amazon and surprisingly, it worked as promised. A fresh supply of blades that lasted made me always want to have a sharp one. I didn't keep using them when I had to really apply a lot of elbow grease.

2017-04-10-002Add these supplies to a comment a reader wrote.  She disposed of old needles in empty prescription bottles. I was very taken by this idea, a permanent solution. I did not have any empty ones at the time.

However, I did have a plastic rice jar that was clean and empty. It was recyclable as was its lid. I decided to put all my used needles and blades in here.

You can see a small collection of blades and needles inside the jar. Having a good solution and a ready supply of needles and blades has made me change them more often, a change for the better.

When we have another empty rice jar, I will recycle this whole thing. The plastic and the metal are both taken by my village at my curb. I don't have to worry about how to put it in the garbage so no one gets hurt.

And I like the challenge of eating more rice!

Sew happy!

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