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Thread: How Often Do You Change Your Needle?

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    How Often Do You Change Your Needle?

    It's just something I think about. Also I don't pay attention to the type of needle! I do embroidery and quilting but never think about changing needles! How do you remember to change the needle?

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    I use Organ Titanium coated sewing machine needles and they last months longer then regular needles. I can tell when to change, my machine will make a different sewing sound. If you don't pay attention then the old needle sound will become normal sounding to you but it's not normal. I always match needle size to thread size.
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    I use a different needle for each project. If a quilt requires more stitching then I change between piecing and quilting. I buy them from jhittle 50 at a time at about 40 cents a needle so ... change seems easy enough.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I just changed mine because I felt like I could hear the needle going through the fabric as it sewed. That's not normal for my machine. Plus I had probably sewn 5 quilt tops with that needle.
    *Rachel*

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    omg, i only change when i break one!
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    If using regular needles I will change with every 4-6 hours of stitching. That for me is normally a queen size quilt.

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    i rarely change my needle !?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by girliegirl View Post
    omg, i only change when i break one!
    I was thinking I just changed one yesterday that was only a week old. But I put on the wrong foot and the needle broke.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    I change my needle with each new project.

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    I use dedicated needles for each project, emroidery, quilting, regular sewing. The dealer says to only use each needle for no longer than 8 hours.

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    it is *generally* recommended that your needle to changed with each new project- or after 8 hours of sewing time-which ever comes first---very few people actually follow the recommendation- but if you do---you will notice a more consistent (good stitch) when your needle is bent, dull, or gets a *rough spot* it is definitely time to change it; if you are seeing skipped stitches, or uneven stitches---it is time to change; if you notice a change in sound- or find your thread is starting to break, fray or create more *fuzz* it is time to change. the needle should be the correct size/type for the thread you are using and the project you are working on- if you are unsure about that visit a thread company (Superior Threads) is a good place to start- they offer charts you can print off (free) that tells you what needle *size/type* to use for what thread you are using (weight/type) and what each is best suited for- they have a wealth of information, hints, tips, advice - they are a great resource- will teach you a lot about threads and needles.
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    I only change my needle when it breaks. I keep buying needles but don't change them.

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    I attended a seminar by a well known quilter (won't use her name) She very diligently told us how often changing needles was recommended per manufactures and other professional quilters. Then she gave us a big cheeky grin and said she always......always changes her needle when it breaks. If it's not broken don't fix it. If I'm happy with my stiches, and have no problems, I change my needles when they break. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    I change my needle with each new project.
    me too, I wouldn't wait until you break needles, that can be dangerous, as well as throw your machine out of timing.
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    BellaBoo: Thanks for the Organ recommendation. I have a Brother that came with a packet of the type needle. Seemed to me each one lasted forever. Don't know if I will change the needle as often as others have recommended but to save my machine wear and tear I will do it more often than currently.

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    I was changing my needles with every new quilt. I stopped doing that, now only when I see a difference. My Daughter changes hers when they break.
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    Funny story........there was an article in our daily newspaper a while back featuring an older man who had started quilting. He said he had always wanted a sewing machine but his wife didn't think it was necessary. After she died one of the first things he did was go out and buy himself a machine and start quilting. He lived in a retirement home and, because of thin walls, was told he couldn't sew before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m. He had made several quilts and the comment I just LOVED was that he had sewed so much he had nearly worn out his needle!!

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    If I am sewing a lot, I tend to change my needles more often, as I can keep track of how much I have been sewing, and I probably change it every 6-8 hours of sewing. If I only have time to sew here and there, I lose track of how long I have had a needle in, and I know I have gone longer than 8 hours with a needle. Not a real problem, as long as you don't have any problems with your stitches. But if you hear any thumping noise, see skipped stitches,"runs" in your fabric it definitely is time to do a change of your needle.

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    Another one here that only changes when I break one! Unfortunately seems to be frequent enough. But thanks for this timely reminder as the last time I was digging around in the spot I keep my needles seems all I could find were ball point needles. Don't need them for quilting! Just put 'needles' on my shopping list as I'll be out in the next day or 2!

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    When it breaks!

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    On my longarm, I change before each project. However, on my Janome when I'm piecing, I change when it breaks or makes a funny noise. It kind of makes a popping sound when it's going through the fabric, so I figure it's gotta dull. I think I probably should change it more, but haven't really had a problem.

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    I can't imagine what you all are doing to break needles. I change mine pretty regularly. I can tell when the needle gets dull by the way my machine is sewing and I change it.

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    Okay here's another question. If you switch between embroidery one day, piecing the next, do you change needles? That's what I'm doing and I just forget!

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    I change sewing machine needles when:

    The needle seems dull or snagged - the machine just sounds different

    When the fabric is different from what I had been working with: Example - Hemming denim jeans to sewing lace on nylon tricot - I go from a denim needle to a small ballpoint needle

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    I try and change with every 8 to 10 hours. I also change needles for various jobs, embroidery, piecing, quilting. It really does make a difference if you use new,job specific needles. Think about it, a needle is really the cheapest part of sewing, compared to buying a sewing machine, fabric, thread. And yet, people will keep the same needle in forever and then wonder why their machine is just not working right. A sewing machine repair person once told me that it's amazing. People will come into his store because the machine is not working, he changes the needle and the machine works fine. As sewers we really need to change the needle more frequently.

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