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    Junior Member QuiltingrandmafromMi's Avatar
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    Can anyone tell me if there is a specific time to change the machine needle when quilting? Or is it use your own discretiion?

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    Approximately after 8 hours of sewing. However, I just do it when it starts messing up or when it breaks. I think that 8 hour thing was made up by needle manufacturers.

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    A NEW needle is also quiet - a dull needle makes a thunking noise. Turn your radio down and listen! LOL

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    Every 3rd bobbin. I can't keep track of mt sewing time and this just works for me. I pretty much use a light grey thread for all my piecing so I just wind 3 bobbins and when the 3rd one is empty I change the needle.

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    Terri - that sounds like a good system to me.

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    I put a new needle in whenever I start a new project. I buy my needles by the 100's. Cheapest way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    I put a new needle in whenever I start a new project. I buy my needles by the 100's. Cheapest way.

    From where do you order your needles?

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    alot of people change to a new needle for each new project, also, at least every 8 hours of sewing time but i have found if i am doing some really heavy quilting i may need to change my needle every 4-6 hours. it also depends on the fabrics/batting being quilted and the thread being used. good rule of thumb would be between each project and as soon as you notice any change in stitch quality; if your thread starts to break or stitches start to skip it could be time.

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    wow, where do you buy your needles so cheap, please share with us where you buy them!


    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    I put a new needle in whenever I start a new project. I buy my needles by the 100's. Cheapest way.

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    Oopsie - I change them when they break!!

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    I change with every new project and then of course if I break one, or it starts messing up the the thread starts breaking.

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    Thank to everyone for your answers, very helpful! Love this quilting board!

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    oops, I haven;t changed mine in.....at least 4 projects and probably 2 years.....hmm, thinkin I need to do it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    alot of people change to a new needle for each new project, also, at least every 8 hours of sewing time but i have found if i am doing some really heavy quilting i may need to change my needle every 4-6 hours. it also depends on the fabrics/batting being quilted and the thread being used. good rule of thumb would be between each project and as soon as you notice any change in stitch quality; if your thread starts to break or stitches start to skip it could be time.
    I agree but would add "if the noise changes".

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    I started buying titanium coated needles. They last a very long time. Long enough to save money not buying new needles.

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    I get my needles, 100 per box at this site:

    http://www.jhittlesewing.com

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    Bent? => change [ :) ]
    Rusted? => change
    Thunk thunk thunk? => change
    Snagging the thread? => change

    Seriously, probably 8 hours of usage, but Hey who really does that.
    I need to put it in my phone alarm to change more often.

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    BellaBoo--Where do you get titanium needles??

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    I think this is one of the main problems i had with my old sewing machine, i had no idea you were to change the needles so often....you diffidently live and learn!

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    thanks, I see they have lots of good bargains there

    also blades for our rotary cutters

    Quote Originally Posted by Joeysnana
    I get my needles, 100 per box at this site:

    http://www.jhittlesewing.com

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