Like most quilters I love trying new gadgets which may (or may not) make the sewing process easier, faster, or more fun. This one is my latest find:
It is called a needle grabber, but it is not one of those small rubber pads used to grab the needle when hand quilting, – this is quite different, and is perfect to use on sewing machine needles.
It is spring loaded, and when the flat end is pushed, a small hook appears at the other end.
You grab the needle with the small hook and then release the spring. The needle stays firmly in the needle grabber, and is easy to remove from and/or insert into the machine.
As my fingers and I are getting on in years, the task of changing the needle has become increasingly difficult. Also, the new machines have lamps positioned right above the needle, which is lovely when you are sewing, but they also get quite hot and may burn the fingers while you are fiddling with the needle. The needle grabber spared me both the fiddling and the burning, and getting the needle out and in again was both easy and very quick.
I saw this gadget described in a newsletter I am receiving, but it was not easy to find online as my search mostly turned up the rubber pads. However, Ute-Barbara at Quilt-Design ordered it especially for me, and I must say I am very happy with it.
It is definitely going to live close to my sewing machine from now on.