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Thread: how often do you change your needle when piecing quilt tops?

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    Is there some rule regarding this?

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    I think the "rule" is every 8 hours, I changed when I see the need

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    when it breaks or i can hear it popping through fabric

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    Quote Originally Posted by renda
    Is there some rule regarding this?
    I wouldn't say there is a specific rule, but I change mine whenever I start having issues; usually the first thing I do if I start with the thread breaking or any other problem.

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    I use a new needle with every new large project. I wouldn't change a needle every tablerunner,placemat, but with every lap sized or larger quilt. I also change needles from piecing to quilting as well.

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    Like my rotary blade, probably not often enough, until there is an obvious problem :roll: :D:D:D

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    When it breaks!! And it hardly ever does.

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    When I feel I really need to, which is not often enough. :-D

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    I change at least every 6 hours of sewing time, or sometimes less....avoids many problems!

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    I can tell the difference in sound on the machine when the needle gets dull (I just heard that sound again). So time to change the needle.

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    Probably not often enough.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    when it breaks or i can hear it popping through fabric
    Me too! I am ashamed to say I've had a serger (past tense-got a new one!) for 8 years and never broke or changed those needles - probably still in there! :( I grew to hate that machine...
    I plan to be kinder to my machines in 2011!

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    the recommendation for needle life is change it with every new project or every 8 hours of sewing time - which ever comes first. some fabrics are a little (rough) on needles though and you may need to change it sooner. also if you hit a pin or a foot and bend the needle it should be changed. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I can tell the difference in sound on the machine when the needle gets dull (I just heard that sound again). So time to change the needle.
    Ditto!

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    When it breaks or when my machine starts to 'clunk'!! I know the rules - but ............. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Like my rotary blade, probably not often enough, until there is an obvious problem :roll: :D:D:D
    Same here :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    when it breaks or i can hear it popping through fabric
    YEP...... I have found that if I run my needle thru the " sharpening" fob on my pin cushion , it seems to start sharp longer....

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    When I hear that certain crunch sounds when it hit's the fabric!

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    If I could buy needles without driving 100 miles round trip I would change more often but tend to hoard them so only change if there is a problem.

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    When it bends or breaks! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Like my rotary blade, probably not often enough, until there is an obvious problem :roll: :D:D:D
    LOL! Me too!

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    I take it out and run it through an emery when I have to change the bobbin! I also clean out the bobbin race area at this time....

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    You're supposed to change them?

    Oh, maybe I should next time I sit down with it. You're sure you need to change them?

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    i change after every quilt..

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    not often enough

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