by rwalden 21 Dec 2010

Silly question I know, but wonder how all you cuties dispose of your broken needles. I keep an empty pill bottle by my machine and place them in that until it's full. Reva


by asterixsew Moderator 21 Dec 2010

Like many others I put all damaged and worn out needles in a container. Sporadically I pass it on to my daughter who disposes of it in a sharps container at work

by shirlener88 21 Dec 2010

Reva, I use the old pill bottle, too. I have also saved them on the side of the machine - stuck into an old pin cushion - until the container they come in is empty then fill it up - put a large X on it and throw it away. The old pill bottle holds so much more and you don't have to throw it away for a very long time - I haven't broken a needle in a long time. *4U

by bowlds 21 Dec 2010

I use mine to hang pictures etc. They are very sturdy and do not make as big a hole as a nail.
Oops...I guess you said "Broken" needles. I was thinking about used/dull needles, sorry!

by fannyfurkin 21 Dec 2010

I pick them up with the vacuum cleaner, I should be more careful as I did stand on a sewing needle years ago it went in eye end first and broke off and lodged near my heal bone. I had to have general anesthetic to have it dug out. But I really don't break many needles. I have only broke on in two years in my embroidery machine.

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by clawton 21 Dec 2010

I do the same thing.

by sdrise 21 Dec 2010

Hi I Put the needle through a little piece of cardboard bigger then the needle making sure the ppoint is enbeded in the cardboard. Then I use masking tape around it. When I place them in the trash there is no chance of a needle stick. Suzanne

by catsnhorses 21 Dec 2010

I use an old pill bottle to dispose of them, too. It's a great way to avoid someone (like me! :) sticking their finger with an old needle.

by kttyhwk4 21 Dec 2010

Have been putting mine in old pill bottles for years.

by stork 21 Dec 2010

I place mine in the pill bottle or empty film canister too. It keeps me safe and those who get my refuse.

by iris2006 21 Dec 2010

Me too,.

by capoodle 21 Dec 2010

Broken pins and needle go into a pill or some other small container at my house also. When I'm away from home I use a piece of cardboard/paper to protect in the trash.

by 02kar Moderator 21 Dec 2010

I have been using a small container beside my machine for years to collect the broken needles. So much safer to do this

by ansalu 21 Dec 2010

I have to admit that I push them in my trash-box. I have a broken needle about every 3 or 4 month so I have to collect very long to fill even a tic-tac-box and I don't think that the scrap-dealer coming along in our street will take them. What do you do with your collected metall? Something special I missed? ;o)
Greetings, Bettina

by leenova54 21 Dec 2010

You should send that tip to Embroidery Library as a tip of the day, might get a certificate to buy designs out of it!

rwalden by rwalden 21 Dec 2010

I may do that...what have I got to lose.

bevintex by bevintex 21 Dec 2010

It is already there.

by theduchess 21 Dec 2010

Tic Tac boxes are great also.

by queenofhearts 21 Dec 2010

I save mine in a film container (now with all the digital cameras harder to find) then I use them instead of a nail when I want to hang something on the wall. They are very sturdy and make a very tiny hole.

rwalden by rwalden 21 Dec 2010

Never thought of that. I like that idea. Thank you.

leenova54 by leenova54 21 Dec 2010

What a great Idea! My walls are plaster so I don't know if that would work for me but wow, cool idea!

beatie58 by beatie58 21 Dec 2010

I use film containers too when I have too many, I have a sharps container that diabetics use and dispose of them that way.

by mops Moderator 21 Dec 2010

I use an old film container. Just the right size and safe.

by frugalscrap 21 Dec 2010

I use things like pill bottles too. Right now I have a little tiny plastic box. I don't know where it came from but I found it around the house and thought it was the perfect size! :)

by anangel 21 Dec 2010

Not a silly question at all, Reva. I, too, use an empty pill bottle to dispose of my broken needles. I recall many years ago stepping barefoot on a needle that had gotten lodged upright in the carpet pile! Ouch! Very painful initially, then sore for quite some time afterwards! When I remember this incident, I CAREFULLY dispose of needles, and watch for any pins dropping onto the floor.

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rwalden by rwalden 21 Dec 2010

I've done that too...very painful. Reva