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Thread: Changing Needles

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    How do you know when it is time to change the needle in your machine?

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    i change my needle after evert project if the project last more than 8 hours change it.

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    I started using titanium plated machine needles. They last much longer then regular needles. I can machine quilt several big size quilts with one needle. I can tell when the needle goes dull so it's not just a guess on my part. I buy these:

    .... Most professionals recommend changing the needle every project or, if you count, every 8 hours. Imagine having a needle that will last 40 to 60 hours. This is equivalent to saving 80% on the cost of needles.....
    http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...s/description/

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    Titanium is a good choice. I may have to get some when I run out of my stash.

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    Sounds like a good idea. Do these work in all sewing machines?

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    not sure, best to ask your dealer.

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    I think sewing machines need an hour meter on them. DH is a heavy equipment mechanic & all those big machines get maintenance based on hours in use.

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    :oops: When the machine starts sewing funky and I can't fins another reason for it :oops:

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    I used to change them when I broke one - but my BFF taught me the differrence between how the machine sews & sounds when the needle is dull, so now I might start changing them more often than just when I break one - maybe!

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    I can hear when the needle gets dull or rounded. Sometimes I'm stubborn and don't change as often as I should.

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    I can tell by the way my machine sounds. There is this faint thunking noise and then I know to change the needle. My kids can't hear it but I can.

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    I too use the titanium needles and love them. I can tell when they need changing because the needle makes a sort of "plunk, plunk" noise when it goes into the material.

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    Usually my bobbin will act up, i change my needle and its all better. Odd huh?

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    I can tell when the machine starts to make a rough sound and/or some missed stitches or the needle pulls threads in the fabric. I can also tell by putting my finger on the tip and you can feel a dull needle straight away!

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    if you can afford to buy in bulk, this website sells Organ brand titanium needles for home sewing machines.

    100 needles (many sizes available) are $42.95

    compare that to $6.99 per pack of 5.

    you'd save 70%

    (the large-eye needles for metallic - 2 sizes - are $58 per 100. 60% savings)

    http://www.ctsusa.com/_e/dept/21/Hou...ne_Needles.htm

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    After 8 hrs.

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    Not enough at all! I try to just do it when they get dull.

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    I change mine about every 4 to 5 sewing hours - its hard to gauge though, you might have been 'sewing' for 6 hours the machine might have done half that, what with cutting out and pressing and rumaging etc....

    I will look at the Titanium needles after my current supply runs out - thanks for the tip.

    BTW - I never wait until the needle plunks - not very good for the machine and I also hate the needle to decide to be blunt right in the middle of something special.

    When I used to buy needles a 5 pack at a time it was hard to keep tossing them, but then I started to buy the 'workshop packs' from my Bernina dealer - 100 needles in a little box, and its not so hard to throw one out now - the boxes still last me ages, I have about five different boxes on the go for different jobs, so thats a lot of needles!

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    I need this post sooooooooooooo bad. I, too, can hear when the machine changes it song. I hate so much to change the needle when it seems like I just put it in the machine. I am greedy for all the information I can get on this subject. I also need to be taught how to choose the correct needle for the fabric and/or project.

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    DSB - your machine manual should tell you what needle to use for what kind of fabric - but I THINK the smaller the number on the needle, then the thinner fabric it should be used for - I use a 10, 11, or 12 for cottons, 14 for denim - if I'm going through several layers of cotton & batting, I go with the 12 - but you will probably get more ideas from other members here, I'm sure! Or you could do a google search too!

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    I aggree with sewcrazy. I change me needle all the time. It avoids problems with my machine and fabric.

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    I try to remember to change between project, but usually forget. I'm on to my next project....thanks for the reminder! :)

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    Like alot of you, my machine tells me when the needle is dull!

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    Allbrands.com is also sells then in bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I can tell by the way my machine sounds. There is this faint thunking noise and then I know to change the needle. My kids can't hear it but I can.
    I can hear mine thunking too.

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