Tip for organising your sewing machine needles

Pro Tip (1)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a bit of a compulsive organiser. I do love to have everything a nice neat box, or several, and to be able to get to what I’m looking for as easily as possible.

Last year, I reorganised my sewing room and put all my haberdashery into a divider box. However, as time went by, I realised that this is not the best solution for items that I need to use very often, especially for my sewing machine needles. It really annoyed me to dig under the table, open the box, close the box etc. So I have been looking for options for this and came across a brilliantly simple idea: PILL BOX DISPENSERS.

Machine Needles #02

I did a bit of research trying to find the ones with the most suitable size, that will fit a standard Schmetz sewing needle box (that’s the brand I mostly buy). This is a jumbo seven days pill organiser, that I bought for less than £2 from Amazon. They fit absolutely perfectly and one compartment will take up to 6-7 needle boxes.

Two boxes were enough for all my needle categories, including all Universal available thicknesses. I even have a few spare compartments.

Machine Needles #04

By using stick-on labels, I know what’s where, and because the boxes are clear, I can easily see the ‘stock’ and when I need to reorder the next batch. I just have them on a shelf near my swing machine and we’re in business.

How do you store your sewing machine needles?



  1. Great idea! I have all of mine in a small three drawer plastic unit, but they are alway jumbled together. I still have to go through them to find what I’m looking for. This is a lot easier! Any ideas for making my sewing room more stream-lined is something I want to do. Thanks for sharing!


    1. I used to have them like that, but this feels easier to find the exact size I need and quickly. I did get a small drawer Very Useful Box unit just now, so I’m reverting to that for other bits and bobs. Please share if you pick up any more tips!


  2. WOW this was a brilliant solution! I have my needles still in their cases as you’ve shown above but sadly they are all randomly pitched around in a drawer and I have to pick up several cases before I FINALLY find the one I’m looking for and honestly have no clue whether I have enough of one or another. I’m going to order those cases right away! Thank you for this help 🙂


  3. Well this is a very good idea! They’re probably handy for other little bits and bobs too! I don’t know where half my needle packs are… They’re in such a jumble!!


  4. That’s very clever! I have to admit, I chuck all my sewing needles in the same compartment in my notions box and (but pst, don’t tell anybody) I’ve even been known to put a used needle back in the WRONG box..


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