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Thread: Needle change

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    Needle change

    This maybe a silly question but.... How often should I change the needle on my machine?

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    It's not a silly question. Recommended time spent sewing is 8 hours for a needle. Some change with a new project.
    We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.

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    I use titanium coated machine needles and they stay sharp much longer then regular. They pay for themselves.
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    I change mine when the break! Seems to be frequent enough for me. Guess I break them more than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Grammy View Post
    It's not a silly question. Recommended time spent sewing is 8 hours for a needle. Some change with a new project.
    I try to remember to change mine with each new project. Needles are cheap & they just sew so much better when they're new. I'm really bad about changing the blades in my rotary cutter, tho... yikes!
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    I have found I am able to "sharpen" my needles and it helps to make them last longer.. other wise I do not change my needles untll I begin to have problems , the needles seem to be sluggish piercing the fabric or they break

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    Every new project unless its a really small project that I don't spend many hours on. If you get popping or poor stitch quality its time to change.

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    As Burchquilts said, needles are cheap so there is no reason not to change them before they get dull.
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    With quilting I change it with each new project, with sewing clothing it depends on the size of the project or the thickness of the fabric.

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    I change mine when they break or when they begin to "click" because they've gotten a rough spot on the end of the needle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi View Post
    I have found I am able to "sharpen" my needles and it helps to make them last longer.. other wise I do not change my needles untll I begin to have problems , the needles seem to be sluggish piercing the fabric or they break
    I'd like to know how you sharpen your needles, and by the way that's one serious looking avatar.

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    Where did I read that we have no problem forking out hundres, if not thousands of dollars, on a sewing machine, but do not want to change the needles, cheap as chips, often enough? Every project or 8 hours' of sewing is a good guide. After sounding snooty........ why do I often have to work until I can hear that the needle is blunt before changing it?

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    My avatar is Zipster the supervisor. He is a strict Quality control... and I think he had just found a loose thread... LOL

    He loves to " help".

    I sharpen my needles by running them a few times thru the "old tomato pincushion" granite sand fob. I primarily only sew charity items usually for Veterans, and I live on a very tight fixed income, so I feel I need to get every bit of life out of all my equipment. Some needles sharpen better than others.. My current sharpened needle was donated from a QB member and I'm on my 6th quilt top using that needle. Yes, needles are cheap, but when you live on a fixed income, evena couple of dollars can be difficult so you try to make things last as long as possible. If I can get even one quilt out of "sharpened" needles that that much saved that I can put towards more for the veteran or charity project. I do accept donated fabrics, batting, fleece, flannel, thread, orphans blocks, & needles that may have little life left in them for your projects.
    The Veterans do not mind an item used to be a unloved or an extra block of piece of fabric.. they love them, they cherish them, and it brightens theirs lives.

    Thank you to the many QB members that have donated to this cause!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hattie Frances View Post
    I'd like to know how you sharpen your needles, and by the way that's one serious looking avatar.

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    I don't understand why wait until the needle is dull. Makes no sense at all to me. But I've seen guild members use pins and hand sewing needles so dull they have to be stabbed in the fabric. You'd think they will miss a meal to buy new ones.
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    I use the titanium needles, which are a great money saver. When they have worn, I can hear a change in the sound of the machine. Since a worn out needle makes sewing harder, I do change frequently. Remember, hitting things that break or bend needles can throw off the machine timing, so should be avoided if at all possible.

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    I can say I don't change mine often enough, because I don't remember. When I remember to, I change it.
    After 2 years with the same signature I have been requested to remove it. Bye

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    My two main reasons for change are: A new project someone ordered 2) thumping sound when sewing. When I make s-g just for fun/myself I'm not that particular, for PP projects for myself I may take an older needle to replace a thumping one, might get a block or two, and also if I have a lot of basting or ruffles to do. I often save needles when I have to start a new project someone ordered.Low income - small pension, that's why.

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    I know I should change them more often, but in reality, I change them when they go "pop, pop, pop" or break.
    I used to be "hot", now it's just "hot flashes!"

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    I change needles often. I always use my coupons to save on the cost. Why take chances on damaging a good machine for the sake of a needle? I make 3-5 charity quilts a week, so my machine gets a good workout every day.

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    I totally agree with you. I am on a fixed income, however, I like to use good quality needles and change them after a project that has taken quite a few hours to complete. I can not believe that people wait until a needle breaks. That can be dangerous, and it can wreck your expensive machine some day. It costs well over a hundred dollars to have a new needle bar installed on a machine, and I am told that having needles break can sometimes also ruin the needle bar. I buy my needles from a favorite store on eBay at a good price.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    Quote Originally Posted by ploverwi2 View Post
    I I can not believe that people wait until a needle breaks. That can be dangerous, and it can wreck your expensive machine some day. It costs well over a hundred dollars to have a new needle bar installed on a machine,
    When you break a needle, it is a mistake. I don't think that needles get old and then break--they usually break because they have run into something like a pin or you are trying to do something too heavy, etc.

    Anyway, I don't remember to change my needle very often---just don't think about it as long as it is sewing well.

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