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Thread: Why does a thread in the fabric get pulled?

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    Super Member Caroline S's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
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    I do agree that changing the needle often is very important. While I do not change needles with every project, I can usually tell the needle needs changing when I hear a difference in the way it sounds as it stitches. My DD just gave me a couple of Schmetz Microtex needles to try. It will be interesting to see if they stay sharper longer.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Senior Member batikmystique's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    It's funny when I first started sewing no one ever said how often to change the needle - I used to think it was when it broke! When I started quilting someone told me to change it with each project but since I never work on just one project I usually change it once or twice a month depending on how much I am sewing. What a difference! It is probably the cheapest thing we can do in quilting and the one we do least often - with the exception of changing our rotary blades.

    Great points! I don't know many quilters who work on just one project at a time, so that tip is out the window. I don't sew consistent lengths of time every day either, so it's hard to keep track of hours. So, I have always listened for a popping sound as the needle goes through the fabric. When I start to hear that, then I change the needle as it is dull. I've never had the thread pulled, but it does sound like you're just needing to change the needle.
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    Member lgmdonna's Avatar
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    I did change the needle and it was as if I was sewing with a totally different machine. Smooth and quiet. Now I have to change my rotary blade, again.

    thanks for yall's help!

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