I get many questions about what case is best for this or that brand of needles or for complete needle collections like the one shown in this bin (yes, that is mine, unfortunately). There really is no single answer to that question - just like there is no right answer to the question, "what brand of needles are the best?" All Grace's Cases needlecases are designed to be flexible so that they can hold a wide variety of sizes, brands and tool collections. Needles are held in Flexi-slots so that YOU can decide how you want to arrange your needles. What are Flexi-slots and how do they work? The way we combine materials to hold knitting needles or crochet hooks means that each slot can hold several different sizes. For example, a slot that one person uses to hold a pair of size 6 tips could be used instead for a pair of tips as small as size 3 or as large as size 7 or 8. OR that same slot can hold a single tip in sizes 8 through 11!
Each brand of needles has their own "stock" set of sizes. Boye sets include sizes 2-15, Dyakcraft has sets in sizes 0-3, 4-9 and 4-10 1/2, Hiya Hiya has both large (9-15) and small (2-8) sets, and Signature lets you select your own "set" of 8 different sizes. How can we make one case that works for all these different brands? The trick is all in how you arrange your needles!
We are always happy to help you decide what case will suit you best. Just send us a message (if you prefer to chat, we can arrange that as well)! We'll review your needle collection with you and provide you with solutions and options. We look forward to hearing from you!!
I always follow the rule to measure twice - cut once. Except last night. Last night I was not in the mood to sew. So I spent some time working on my newest sewing space. I was hanging some brackets for a DIY photo studio and a DIY rack for large fabric bolts. I already had them installed but decided I should move them over a foot. Because the rack for large bolts was going to be supporting heavier weights I wanted to make sure I anchored the supports into the studs. OK, I'd done it once so I just needed to move each support to the right 16" - just over to the next stud. I marked the new locations but decided to only hang one of the big brackets so that I could still access the space easily without the second bracket getting in my way. Then I eyeballed approximate center to hang the photo studio roller shades above it all. Marked, drilled, anchored, and installed all 6 little brackets. Hung the shades. Stepped back and admired my work (okay, I admit I patted myself on the back just a bit too). Then I installed the second bit bracket and tried to install the rod. Sigh. Somehow I had only moved the right large bracket over 16", but didn't mark the location of the second one. The large brackets are now 16" too far apart. If I move the second bracket to the correct location it gets in the way of the photo studio roller shades. If I re-space the fabric bolt supports to be centered on the roller shades I will not be anchoring into the studs. If I move the right side fabric bolt support over 16" I'm right back where I started. Grumble, grumble.
I ran out of bobbin thread this morning. This is pretty routine - especially with the production sewing I have to do to make ends meet. But this morning it was anything but routine. I needed more thread and it was in the other room in a cabinet blocked by a table. Ok, moved the table, opened the cabinet, got the thread, closed the cabinet, replaced the table, loaded the bobbin with thread and re-threaded the machine. Of course the thread had run out when I was sewing through a really really really thick section (think 8 layers of heavy weight fabric plus two layers of ribbon). I could tell when I started that there was trouble and sure enough the first inch of seam was just one huge tangle underneath. So I stopped, picked out the mess, checked the bobbin threading, checked the top threading, and tried again. This time I was able to sew a few inches before hearing an ominous new sound of clacking from the machine and thought I should do some investigating.
The clacking sound seemed to come from the bobbin area so I decided to clean that area. First I needed a screwdriver to open the needle plate - and the short screwdriver was downstairs. But wait! There is a screwdriver in the cabinet in the other room. Move table, open cabinet, get out the accessories box, dig out the screwdriver (this time at least I didn't put everything back yet!). Nope, this screwdriver is specific to the other machine and its blade is too thick. Fine! I grab a different screwdriver from my toolbox. Nope, too tall to fit into this space. Fine!! I grab a 3rd screwdriver that is short but has a narrow blade and hope it will work well enough to just remove that one stupid screw. I works, I clean out all the accumulated lint and put everything back together and put everything away and start sewing again. And the ominous clacking sound is still there. Sigh. I try re-threading the top thread again - still clacking. I un-thread the machine and run it without thread and that seems to have done the trick. So I thread it yet again and test sew on a piece of scrap fabric and the sound is back! Grrr!!! This time I try sewing with the side of the machine open so I can see the parts moving and try to narrow down the issue. I'm getting a bit frantic now because my primary machine is already in the shop for service and I'm sewing on the trusty old workhorse machine and dammit I have stuff to get completed today!
Finally I discover the source of the ominous clacking. See that little brass screw in the picture? It's sole function is to hold the little metal bar in place so that the thread can glide across the bar. That one stupid screw was loose. Now can I put everything away and get back to sewing? Wish me luck!
I must have watched too many episodes of Captain Planet with my kids, or perhaps it was the Woodsy Owl campaign from the 70's (anyone remember "give a hoot - don't pollute"?) One year after the gifts had been opened and I looked at the mounds of torn wrapping paper, I was really dismayed. At that moment I decided to stop wrapping gifts and find ways to package gifts that didn't lead to a stuffed garbage can.
I found a set of nesting holiday boxes at Costco and I bought a few gift boxes and bags. Each year these get carefully folded and put away to use again and again. Now I have also started using the various sizes and shapes of our Project Bags and Sock Bags as gift wrap as well. I love that these can be dual-duty as both the wrapping AND part of the gift! I'm looking forward to using the newest size bags, the Cake Bags, to wrap ornaments I'll be handing down to my kids this year now that they each have their own homes.
Christmas cards are also recycled around here to become gift tags. I think this was a craft project I did with my Grandma Grace when I was a child and I love thinking of her while I make new tags out of the cards we received in previous years (that, and I get to look at more cards from loved ones)! I never could make tags out of the cards from Uncle Wesley because he used the cards to hand write messages that covered every inch of usable space. I miss receiving those cards.
I use a variety of methods to make the tags. The simplest is to just cut around images on the cards with regular scissors, use a hole punch to make a hole to insert a piece of ribbon, and then tie the finished tag to the package. Since so many gifts are to/from the same people each year I can also recycle the tags (from Mom to Jon, from Mom to Dad, etc.). I also use an old pair of pinking shears to cut some tags with decorative edges. You can also use scrapbooking scissors for even more edging options.
Most knitters have tried many different brands of interchangeable needles and all of the available cable lengths to find the ones that are "just right." And while we are adding more and more to our tool collections the cables are secretly breeding when we are not looking. The result is a tangled mess! Here are some ways you can double the storage space in any size Grace's Cases needlecase:
The first and easiest method is to store two different size cables in the same cable pocket just by combining lengths that you won't be able to confuse (like 40" cables and 24" cables) and then listing both sizes on the included label. And if you need new labels, you can make replacements out of any heavy weight paper cut to 1/4" by 1".
Another option is to make plastic sleeves to hold each size or brand of cables. With these you can store multiple brands and sizes in each pocket - doubling or tripling your storage space!
I like the CD and DVD Keepers from Memorex because they have the little tab lock to keep the sleeve closed.
To make the cable sleeves you will need:
Washi or similar tape,
permanent marking pen,
a ruler or measuring tape.
The sleeves should already be the correct width to fit into the cable pockets of a full size needlecase (either a Deluxe or Standard case). If the sleeve is too wide, follow the directions below for sizing a sleeve to fit into the smaller needlecases.
In the front pocket of this Deluxe case, the sleeve is too tall to allow the pocket to snap closed. But since the sleeve fits snug from side to side, I don't really need to do anything further. But if I want to snap the pocket closed, I will need to shorten the sleeve 1".
If you would like to make these sleeves for the smaller size cases, you will also need to trim and seal one of the sides of the cable sleeve. Begin by measuring the width of the cable pocket and subtract 1/8". Open the sleeve flap and mark a line at the desired width. In the picture below the width is 4 3/4", so the sleeve should be cut to 4 5/8" wide.
Test fit the new width. When it is as wide as you want it, check the depth as described above and trim so that the sleeve is located below the snap if desired. Then, seal the side and bottom cut edges. Add size labels and you are done!
I've been crafting my entire life, thanks to my wonderful Grandma Grace. I'm an avid needleworker and reader, who's been knitting, crocheting & sewing since the age of 9 - and I won't say how many years ago that was! Welcome to my blog where you'll find out more about the creation of our products and the people that love them!