I purchased an office desk set from a discount store to use on my sewing table. The tall container holds pens, marking pencils, and tools I use frequently, such as a 1⁄4-inch ruler. The tray cradles pins, thread snips, a stiletto, and other small notions. I filled one section of the tray with foam that I use as a pincushion and as a place to temporarily hold a used needle when I switch to another type/size in the machine.
-L. Michael Smith
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