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Thread: A rather silly question...

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    Super Member jbsstrawberry's Avatar
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    I'm wondering...

    Do ball point needles ever go dull?
    I've been using one for quite some time now and it's still doing a wonderful job going thru the fabric for the donation blankets.

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    So would it get rounder? Or more pointed? I think this is a great question and one I've never seen addressed!

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    All needles get dull after a while. The constant motion in and out of the fabric will cause friction and wear on the needle.

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    I guess all needles would go dull after a while but aren't they dull already.

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    That's what I was thinking too, they technically are already dull-ish.

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    I think it was a good question. I've never used any. And, I only know the usual and normal stuff. I need a course in what kind of fabric and needles go together and details like that. Maybe a couple more ounces of smarts to put it all together !

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    Can't help ya on the answer, but good to see you posting again!
    HUGS!

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    wow! that really is a good question. a genuine head-scratcher. right up there with "if a tree falls in the woods and there's nobody there to hear it ... does it make a noise?"

    and ... if it does get "dull" ... does that make it better? or worse?

    i'm so glad i don't have any ballpoint needles. i'd end up spending my day playing with it to find out.

    i've recently noticed that by the time my pointy needles need a change they've not only become dull, they've become ever-so-slightly crooked. i can't see it, but it's just enough to take the needle's eye out of line with my auto-threader. i was beginning to think my threader had stopped working and was really irritated about it because my machine is only a few months old. then i stuck in a new needle and it worked perfectly again.

    my point being (sorry ... couldn't resist the pun) that you might want to watch for other types of needle wear - not only whether or not the tip is still permorming the way it's supposed to.

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    Good question! Don't know the answer..but isn't the ball point needle more for sewing with knits? I am not so sure i would use it for piecing or quilting..

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    You working on knits? That is what you use a ball point for right? Hummm have to ponder on that one LOL

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