Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Changing needle on 221FW.

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    26

    Exclamation Changing needle on 221FW.

    This is the first time for changing the needle on my FW. I have read in manual but can't seem to get the flat side on the needle in right. Please help.

  2. #2
    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Central IL
    Posts
    5,873
    Featherweight needles go in FLAT to the LEFT on the right side of the needle bar, and thread RIGHT to LEFT.

    Joe

  3. #3
    Senior Member manicmike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    793
    Quote Originally Posted by Marti1943 View Post
    This is the first time for changing the needle on my FW. I have read in manual but can't seem to get the flat side on the needle in right. Please help.
    What Joe said. I was struck by the fact it's the first time you changed the needle. I'm hoping you've only acquired it very recently. Needles don't just break, they wear out too and should be changed every so often (or you'll get other problems).
    My Singers: Model 12 (1883), VS2 Painted Red and Cream Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Model 15 (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 66 Lotus (1922), 96k41 (1949), 96k41 (1947), 103k (1950), 201k (1953), 206k11 (1950), 222k (1959), 306k, 319k, 320k2, 401a, 411g
    Others: Necchi Supernova Ultra 2, Climax, Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Bernina Record 830, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Upstate NY
    Posts
    26
    I did just get the FW. I will watch for the needle getting dull Also I have read that Singer needles are not the best. What do you recommend--Schmetz? TU for your info.

  5. #5
    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    chicago, IL
    Posts
    9,192
    Schmetz are my favorite needle...but that is just me.
    Rule of thumb on replacing needles is every 10 hours of sewing....Think of it as all of your piecing of a quilt top, fresh needle. The needle will develop a burr with all the penetrations of the fabric.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

  6. #6
    Junior Member minibarn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    181
    I read a book recently that was talking about machine needles and it said Singer machines can't use Schmetz needles. I thought that was curious because while I mostly use Organ, I know I have used Schmetz in my SInger w/not trouble. Anyone else heard that before?

    Jp

  7. #7
    Super Member J Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Central IL
    Posts
    5,873
    Quote Originally Posted by minibarn View Post
    I read a book recently that was talking about machine needles and it said Singer machines can't use Schmetz needles. I thought that was curious because while I mostly use Organ, I know I have used Schmetz in my SInger w/not trouble. Anyone else heard that before?

    Jp
    Jp, That's the funniest piece of fiction I've heard in a long time. ALL my Singers can and do use Schmetz needles. From the early 1900 ones to the only 90s vintage one I have. The Schmetz needles work great. Where the writers of that book came up with that idea, I don't know.

    Needle wear:
    I have a work hood with magnifying lenses that will go up to 18 power. If you look at a new needle, then compare the same needle after several hours of use, you will see just how much wear punching through fabric causes to the tip.

    My wife has been sewing so long she can touch the tip with her finger and tell me weather or not it's worn out or damaged. I used to look each needle over with the magnifying hood to see if she was right or not. She's so good I don't bother checking the needles any more.

    Joe

  8. #8
    Senior Member Jeanette Frantz's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    352
    My son (formerly a sewing machine mechanic for 14 years) recommends the Schmetz needles!

    Jeanette

  9. #9
    Senior Member manicmike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    793
    Quote Originally Posted by Marti1943 View Post
    I did just get the FW. I will watch for the needle getting dull Also I have read that Singer needles are not the best. What do you recommend--Schmetz? TU for your info.
    I use Schmetz, but I've heard Organ are good quality too (I've had no problem with them so far).

    P.S. Re: the Schmetz fiction, they're the *only* company that specifically makes the needles for the Singer 206/306/319/320
    Last edited by manicmike; 02-10-2014 at 12:56 AM.
    My Singers: Model 12 (1883), VS2 Painted Red and Cream Roses and Daisies (1891), VS2 Victorian (1891), Model 15 (1917), 27 Tiffany (1900), 66 Lotus (1922), 96k41 (1949), 96k41 (1947), 103k (1950), 201k (1953), 206k11 (1950), 222k (1959), 306k, 319k, 320k2, 401a, 411g
    Others: Necchi Supernova Ultra 2, Climax, Empisal (1960s), Bernina Record 530-2, Bernina Record 830, Pfaff 60, Pfaff 260

  10. #10
    Super Member purplefiend's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Round Rock,Texas
    Posts
    4,978
    I use both Schmetz and Organ needles in all of my machines, both new and antique. All of my machines take a 15x1 needle.
    Sharon

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.