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Thread: When to replace your sewing machine needle

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    Junior Member DebQuilter50's Avatar
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    How do I know when I need to replace my sewing machine needle? I just started sewing/quilting about a month ago, but I have been doing a lot of sewing/quilting. It seems fine so far, but not sure how to know.

    Thanks AGAIN for answering my many questions.

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    it is not how long you have had it in the machine, but how much time you have been sewing with it...

    http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmac...roubleshot.htm



    you will notice a difference when it gets dull.

    i change mine after a quilt project. piecing and quilting..works for me.

    i know that some say to change after 8 hours of sewing..

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    I change mine pretty often, as a matter of principal always before I start quilting because with quilting a dull needle is even less forgiving than with piecing. Usually I notice it while sewing, when the needle needs replacing because of a slight plopping sound when the needle goes through the fabric.

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    I change mine with each completed project. It is so easy and that way I never have problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thusnelda
    Usually I notice it while sewing, when the needle needs replacing because of a slight plopping sound when the needle goes through the fabric.
    This. And my Home Ec teacher gave me great advice, years ago. Don't change the needle at the end of a project, just take it out. That way when you sit down to a new project you don't have to try and remember if you've changed the needle yet. You know you haven't yet if there's no needle in the machine. Put the new one in and you're ready to go!

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    I put in a new needles every time I start a new project and when I start to quilt.

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    the normal recommendation is:
    with every new project -- OR--
    after every 8 hours of sewing time.

    a dull needle causes uneven and skipped stitches... if you are having either of these problems it is over due time for a needle change.

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    When your needle gets dull, you will notice that the stitches make a soft "pop" sound when the needle pierces the fabric. I like to change my needles often, but sometimes I get into "sew mode" for hours and I forget. That little pop sound reminds me.

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    I agree with the Casual quilter. You can hear the pop,pop, and you know ou should have changed the needle. I don't change when I start a new project. I use the titanium needles and they do last longer.

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    What a good question, I remember going to my very first Workshop, at Loch Lomond quilt show, and the teacher asked us when we changed our needle, answer - when it broke, what needle did we use - answer anyone that fits!

    She then gave us a lesson on the importance of good needles, and how bad ones can ruin your machine, since then I change mine frequently, I buy them by the 100.

    A good guide is approximately 8 hours sewing or 10 bobbin refills, but I do as the other ladies when I start a new project.

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    I am guilty of not changing my needle often enough. I know that I definitely do not change it every 8 hours. I change it when it I think it is dull.

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    That makes 2 of us. I change mine when it breaks..lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am guilty of not changing my needle often enough. I know that I definitely do not change it every 8 hours. I change it when it I think it is dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Quilter
    That makes 2 of us. I change mine when it breaks..lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am guilty of not changing my needle often enough. I know that I definitely do not change it every 8 hours. I change it when it I think it is dull.
    yeah, I am in the thick of this as well, I get on a roll and just keep on going - like that Energizer Bunny only with OCK!

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    My machine lets me know. It just feels different - not as sharp, or it misbehaves other ways too. When I pay attention, I change the needle after a large project at the latest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Quilter
    That makes 2 of us. I change mine when it breaks..lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am guilty of not changing my needle often enough. I know that I definitely do not change it every 8 hours. I change it when it I think it is dull.
    lolol...

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    good tip

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats
    Quote Originally Posted by Thusnelda
    Usually I notice it while sewing, when the needle needs replacing because of a slight plopping sound when the needle goes through the fabric.
    This. And my Home Ec teacher gave me great advice, years ago. Don't change the needle at the end of a project, just take it out. That way when you sit down to a new project you don't have to try and remember if you've changed the needle yet. You know you haven't yet if there's no needle in the machine. Put the new one in and you're ready to go!

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    I just did some research and finding some cool links for all of us:

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    http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmac...roubleshot.htm

    2. found these tips:

    A good rule of thumb is to change with every project but I'm cheap and wait for these tell-tale signs:
    1. A popping sound whenever the needle hits the fabric.
    2. When bobbin thread tangles or skips a stitch.
    3. When the stitches start to look uneven or pop up (just plain ugly).

    3. lots of great information on this site
    http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmac...chine-Needles/

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    WOW ! I knew about changing the needle , but I didn't know about the plastic bobbins. I'll have to inspect them before I do any more sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats
    Quote Originally Posted by Thusnelda
    Usually I notice it while sewing, when the needle needs replacing because of a slight plopping sound when the needle goes through the fabric.
    This. And my Home Ec teacher gave me great advice, years ago. Don't change the needle at the end of a project, just take it out. That way when you sit down to a new project you don't have to try and remember if you've changed the needle yet. You know you haven't yet if there's no needle in the machine. Put the new one in and you're ready to go!
    Good advice! I'm going to start using that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Quilter
    That makes 2 of us. I change mine when it breaks..lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am guilty of not changing my needle often enough. I know that I definitely do not change it every 8 hours. I change it when it I think it is dull.
    yeah, I am in the thick of this as well, I get on a roll and just keep on going - like that Energizer Bunny only with OCK!
    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Quilter
    That makes 2 of us. I change mine when it breaks..lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am guilty of not changing my needle often enough. I know that I definitely do not change it every 8 hours. I change it when it I think it is dull.
    Me too--I seldom change a needle unless I've broken one. I also use the "popping sound" as an indicator.

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    changing needles I didn't realize that they do get dull. I kept hearing this Pop Pop when sewing but didn't realize it was the dull needle . so now I change for each new project if I have sewn for at east eight hours and dI do nt hear that pop sound.

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    Unless it is titanium, most people recommend after 8 hours of sewing it should be replaced. Titanium needles last about 5times longer.
    A good rule of thumb is to know that it is already too late when you hear the popping sound as it goes into the fabric. Definitely change it then.

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    I listen to the sound as the needle passes thru the material. I change the needle when it sounds like the needle is punching it's way thru the material. Just a louder sound than usual.

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    Hi
    When I purchased by Bernina 440 EQ last year, I was told by my dealer that you should change the needle after 8 hours of sewing. Not sure if this holds true for a long arm quilting machine.
    NormaBeth

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