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Thread: How often do you change your needle?

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    Super Member Glassquilt's Avatar
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    The thread about rotary cutters got me thinking. How often do I change my needle compared to how often do I change my rotary blade? If the needle needs to be changed every so many hours, maybe I could tie my blades to that.

    I usually change when I hear the needle 'pop' while going through the fabric.

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    I change my needles about like you do!

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    Not as often as I need to...

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    I change my needles with every project or quilt. I have found that lots of times there is dust built up in the bobbin area that causes a 'thud' kind of sound but it's not always the needle that's making it. So I usually clean the bobbin area and then if I can still hear the 'thud' sound, I change the needle. I can, usually, piece a king sized quilt before I need a new needle. I only change my rotary cutting blade when it starts skipping places as I'm cutting.

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    Clean & Change after every project......
    machine stay Happy that way :) :) :)

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    I switched to all titanium coated machine needles. They stay sharp much longer then regular needles. It's been months since I changed because of the needle being dull.

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    I don't change mine unless I break it or heard the thud. Bad habit.

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    I'm sooo baaad. I only change it when it breaks.

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    when I purchased my Bernina, I was told to change the needle after 7 to 8 hours of stitching. But when I was using the embroidery arm, was told to change it after 60,000 stitches, and if the thread jams, first thing was to change the needle.

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    I changed to the titanium needle recently and am much happier with how long they last. Before I would change when a needle broke, changed to a different type, had a problem with the stitch or did a through cleaning which all means about once a month or so depending on what I was working on.

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    Unfortunately I don't usually think about changing them until they break!

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    I've been trying to change them more often so I don't have any problems. I like the way a new needle sews.

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    Tintanium needles #12 from Superior Threads are the only needles I use - according to Bob's website they last 8x longer than other needles
    Mine's been in for more than a year and still doing fine.
    http://www.superiorthreads.com

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    I must say I have not been good about change unless bent,
    break, different sounds, etc. I do have machine cleaned
    once a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    The thread about rotary cutters got me thinking. How often do I change my needle compared to how often do I change my rotary blade? If the needle needs to be changed every so many hours, maybe I could tie my blades to that.

    I usually change when I hear the needle 'pop' while going through the fabric.
    Yes, or when I break it!

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    I change my needle at the beginning of each new project. Find that I get better stitch quality and control....Needles are relatively inexpensive...and the quality of your sewing will improve.

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    I'm a terrible soul.... I rarely change my needle.. until I hit a pin and break it... I know I know... it's bad on the machine.. but I"m on a tight budget..

    I was given some " used" needles by another board member that changed her needle freq... I sharpen them and sew right along with them.. This saves me so much money.....

    If any of u needle changers wish to donate used needles , I'd love to salvage them.... I sew for Veterans ( American Veterans Project - bluteddies Veterans) I freq sew heavy duck or upolstery fabrics and the needles really help keep costs down.
    PM me if anyone wishes to donate used needles ( dull not broken or bend ones.. I can do that on my own... LOL)

    thanks

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    how do you know when a needle needs to be changed (other than the obvious.. it broke)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhaorth
    how do you know when a needle needs to be changed (other than the obvious.. it broke)
    I can hear it - the machine sounds cloppier (is that a word?).
    And that tells me I should have changed it hours ago. :roll:

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    I change mine every large quilt project. If I'm doing miniature quilts, maybe every 5-6. For the AAQI quilts, every 10 or so (cos those are small)

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    I change my needle every time I start a new project but if the quilt is queen or king I will change the needle.

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    Alot. but mainly because I have done something stupid and broke it... I do try to pay attention if one hasnt broke.. if the stiches seem wonky I change the needle

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    The life of a needle is about 8 hours of use. So I change mine accordingly. If you wait until the needle maked that popping sound in the fabric you are to late and could cause damage to the fabric.
    Glenn

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    When I took the class that came with my machine, I was told that a good measure was every 3 bobbin changes.

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