Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 69

Thread: Needles????

  1. #1
    TJDesigns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Rocklin, Calif.
    Posts
    96
    How often do you change your needles? What size do you use for piecing? Machine quilting?

  2. #2
    Super Member Susie Quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    In the Ozarks
    Posts
    1,174
    I am not a good one to ask on this question....I normally change my needle when I break it and that is not good.

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,014
    the companies say after each 8 hrs or so of sewing. Then there are some of us who change them when they no longer punch a hole in the fabric or need to change because of different kind of thread.
    So the answers are usually from:

    Here-----------------------------to--------------Here

  4. #4
    Power Poster Sadiemae's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    11,450
    Blog Entries
    20
    I know that I should change them a lot more often, but I admit to not doing it.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Kathios's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Nottingham, NH
    Posts
    586
    Glad to hear that I'm not the only one who waits until the needle breaks.

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    IL
    Posts
    2,738
    I used to change only RARELY. Now I change much more often, when I hear a thwacking sound at the needle. Only having whisper a quiet machine allowed me to learn this. If you don't like to change often, try Superior Threads' titanium needles.

  7. #7
    Swap Hosts Krystyna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    8,839
    Blog Entries
    23
    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Quilter
    I am not a good one to ask on this question....I normally change my needle when I break it and that is not good.
    Same here! They sew just as well. I do the same with my embroidery machine and no problems.

  8. #8
    Super Member wanda lou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    In the country in Ohio
    Posts
    4,352
    after about 8 to 10 hours of sewing.

  9. #9
    Super Member 978gray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    The leaves they are a turnin'
    Posts
    1,367
    Even though I know I should change more often - Only when they break!!!

  10. #10
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Russellville AR
    Posts
    1,945
    I change mine about every 8 hour of sewing. I piece with Schmetz 75/11 quilting needles. Since I have a longarm, I most typically use a size 3.5 on it. I change my longarm needles with every quilt.

  11. #11
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,303
    Blog Entries
    1
    the machine manual for my machine says needles should be changed either with every new project or after 8 hours of sewing- which ever comes first.
    i change mine maybe not quite that often but often enough-
    if you do not change your needle you (can) start having all kinds of little problems- that go away with a new needle

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    West Virginia
    Posts
    1,010
    Please don't use titanium needles. Sometimes when a needle breaks its because something is wron with the machine.. bobbin threaded wrong or in wrong, top thread not pulled through tension disks or threaded wron, a bent shaft, etc. If you use the titanium needle that doesn't break, you run the risk of doing much greater damage to your machine. The needle breaking can also be a safety feature on your machine's internal workings.

  13. #13
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,381
    My repair guy told me to change my needle when I hear the needle make a soft "pup" sound as it stitches. He says that is when the needle is getting dull.

  14. #14
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    Since I found http://www.discountembroiderysupply.com/ and can buy needles reasonably priced I change mine pretty regular. I generally use the quilting needles for piecing and the topstitching for quilting. I use the 80/12 the most for piecing and the 90/14 or bigger for quilting since I use a heavier thread. For raw edge applique with invisible thread I use the 60/8s. They're fairly fine and don't seem to fray the edge as bad.

    I'm trying to use up most of the universal needles I have so I can use all quilting or topstitch needles.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    848
    I'm supposed to change the needles?????? LOL! I know I need to do it more often, too. I'm glad you asked this question so I maybe will think about it more often.

  16. #16
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    I change needle sizes quite frequently, now how often I discard fabric is a whole different story. I am guilty of keeping my needles way too long, but I do the same with my rotary blades so I am at least consistant!

  17. #17
    Super Member TonnieLoree's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    La Grande, OR
    Posts
    2,458
    I change needles when they break, are causing skipped stitches or the thread keeps breaking because of a burr on the tip. I save all of the stubs and ones that don't sew very well in a bar of soap and use them as nails to hang pictures.

  18. #18
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    I started using the Organ Titanium coated needles and they stay sharp, outlasting a package of the regular needles. I won't use any other now. I get them here:

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...s/description/

  19. #19
    Super Member jitkaau's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    4,118
    It should be more often, but definitely when it starts the popping sound...
    I buy the Organ needles as well.
    Usually use a topstitch needle, which is the same as a metalfil needle. I use 100/16 for the bowls that I make such as in my avatar, 90/14 for the quilting,60/8 for heirloom type stuff.

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    NE Pa.
    Posts
    1,616
    I change them frequently. Usually after a big project such as quilting a quilt etc.

  21. #21
    Senior Member Traditional's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    816
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by TJDesigns
    How often do you change your needles? What size do you use for piecing? Machine quilting?
    My favorite is Schmetz top stitch needles I use for embroidery /sewing.
    Changing your needle is important.
    Change your needle and listen to the sound of your machine and look at the stitch quality it makes a big difference.

  22. #22
    Super Member fireworkslover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Posts
    1,643
    I do a lot of pp so use a Microtex 80/12 for piecing. Depending on the thread for fmq it changes, but usually I'll use a Topstitching needle 90/14.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    470
    I change my needle if I use different fabric, such as flannel or denim, I don't change the needle as often when I just use cotton fabrics. I have gone to using the titanium needles and REALLY like those.

  24. #24
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,922
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by TJDesigns
    How often do you change your needles? What size do you use for piecing? Machine quilting?
    change it when you feel the need! at least after every large project! if paper piecing change it more often..

    here is a link to a topic I posted on the subject of needles! In it is a link that will help you learn more about them!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-123199-1.htm

  25. #25
    Senior Member KathyJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Maumelle, AR
    Posts
    347
    Was surfing last nite & found http://genertions-quilt-patterns.com

    with some really good info. I printed it off for a quick & easy reference. I have no affiliation w/them but thought the info was clear & concise.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.