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Thread: Straightening bent needles

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    I have several sewing needles that got bent when I used them for thick layers. Of course 2 of them are favorites. Anyone know how to straighten them? Other than not letting them get bent in the first place? I tried pliers buy can't keep a grip on the needle, even with my little beading pliers.

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    I have never heard of anyone trying to straighten a needle.

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    If anyone can do this, share the secret. I've never been able to get them straight again, either.

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    I've tried staightening a needle with pliers and it snapped. After that I thought, what if it had broken while sewing? So not worth taking the chance of damaging my machine over the price of a new needle.

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    I'm assuming you mean hand sewing needles. I find that mine get bent pretty quickly when I'm doing applique or binding. I just use them that way.

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    It's easier to get a new needle. I would think that trying to straighten the needle will weaken it.

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    Buy a supply of your favorite needles and toss the bent ones. They are useless.

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    If you try and straighten them out, they can break and the pieces can go flying.. may not be very safe :wink: :D:D:D

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    When I bend hand quilting needles it is usually because the seams are thick and not paying attention. I can straighten them with needle nose pliers, but then they are weak and bend again more easily. I just try to finish the thread and get out a new needle when it is time to re-thread.

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    I have bent several beading needles and have straightened them with pretty good success. I learned this from my grandma, who went through the depression when you threw NOTHING away until you couldn't use it anymore. :-)
    First I try to bend them back in shape by holding them with a pair of chain-nose pliers and reshaping with a pair of bend-nose pliers.
    Then I take them to my metal block and 'gently' tap them several times with a small hammer. I rotate them as I tap.
    The hammering seems to strengthen the metal.
    Of course they are not perfectly straight, BUT I can still use them. I've done this several times with the same needle before I finally throw them away. AND always wear safety glasses when doing this procedure. Hope this helps. :-)

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