Magnetic Needle Positioning

Posted by on July 18, 2012

Tool School by celebrity quilter Janie Donaldson

Do you have trouble seeing the groove in the needle on your quilting machine? I do. Here is a tip to help you see in order to position the needle with the groove straight forward like it’s supposed to be.

First you need a small cylinder-shaped magnet like the one you see in this picture.

Second, you’ll need to attach the magnet as you see in the second picture below. Amazingly enough, that little magnet will stick solid to the groove in the front. If the magnet slips to the side, it will not have the same solid feel that it does when it’s attached to the groove.

The magnet points straight from the groove, making it easy to see which direction you need to position the needle properly in the needle bar of the machine.

Also, storing the magnet so you don’t loose it is simple. I just stick it on top of my machine and it’s handy whenever I need it.

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  1. Jean Brittingham says:

    This is a great tip but where do I find a magnet like this?

    • kelleyn says:

      You can purchase the magnetic needle positioner by calling us toll free at 888-QUILT-18. Thanks!

  2. Sheila says:

    Just wondering if it is OK to use the magnet around the Computer/ Quilt Magician/ Shirley Stitcher?

    • sabrina says:


      We never advise to use a magnet around the Computerized system. Thsi could cause issues such as corrupt the pattern file.

  3. Michael Bohn says:

    If you visit the following you can find a size that will work for you.

  4. Great idea! I use a flower head pin…they are thin and long. I insert the pin into the eye of the needle and it let’s me hold the needle straight as I tighten the screw. I don’t have to see the long groove, I can feel it with my fingernail.

  5. Vicki S. says:

    Very helpful idea to use a magnet.

    Where can we quilters purchase a magnet like this? Tin Lizzie? Online website? Please help!

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