I sew with a lot of different materials so I tend to change my presser feet and needle types often. Lots of times, I need to switch out the type or size of needle only for a few minutes during a project. Needles and presser feet tend to be smaller and I don’t want to risk losing them in the chaos that can sometimes be my sewing desk. I am adamant about keeping them in the same spot each time I change one out.
I call it my presser foot keeper. Really, it’s a cloth coaster I sewed up. I just keep it beside or behind my machine and I always know where that changed needle or presser foot is. When I’m done sewing, I put my standard presser foot back on and store the other one. While my machine isn’t being used I put the coaster under my needle, lower the needle into the coaster, and lower the presser foot. Sometimes I keep a spare needle in the coaster while it’s being stored so I know it’s not ‘fresh’ but still has a few hours of sewing left in it.
Cloth coasters are easy to make, or you could even use a scrap of fabric. A face scrubbie would work just as well although you may need to make the circle bigger. Just have fun with it!