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Thread: A home-made machine needle sharpener

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    Bright idea! Thanks for sharing........Quilters have a launguage all their own. You speak it well!

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    Super idea, thank you very much, I am going to try it!

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    Hi
    What a nice :idea: idea, I will try it I hate when the needle ruins my clothes
    Make a way now to sharben the rotary cutter blades, If you R not did already clever quilter ;-) :P

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    I'm using this tool just for several years and I've never had any problem with my sewing machine, ever. But, to be more confident, I've called yesterday my local Bernina assistant and he assured me it wouldn't cause any damage to my machine.

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    :thumbup: :P

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    Great idea. Will make one as soon as I clear my machine. Is their any steel wool dust that might need to be vacuumed out of the bobbin area?

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    0000 steel wool is about the finest grade of steel wool.

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    Great idea!! thank you for posting

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    I think you did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this with us. With the way the economy is right now every cent counts for some of us.

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    Thank you for helping us sew better and save money too.
    Your English is fantastic. You got your idea across just fine and the pictures helped.

    Great job. Thanks.

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    no problem with your English. You did a great job . Pictures were great. It sure beats the little emory bags that used to be on the red pin coushions.

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    Very smart idea! I love it, i will try it!

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    Necessity is the mother of invention. What a great idea. I will definitely give this a try. THANKS!!!

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    Where do you get the steel wool?

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    Would that work on hand sewing needles,by pushing it in & out of the steel wool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbara Hudson
    Would that work on hand sewing needles,by pushing it in & out of the steel wool?
    Yes, it works, but you need to press firmly the pad with your other hand, taking a hard care to don't hurt your fingers... I do it, but I don't recommend... :?

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    Thanks.I was going to buy a needle sharpener but now I Only need to get my steel wool out.By the way my english isn't good and I was born and raised here

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    This forum is full of great ideas, I will be trying this one. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks so much!!!

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    Great idea! I had trouble today with my pins! THANKS and your english is fine! :thumbup: ;)

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    Thanks so much for the TUT - very clever.

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    Super clever idea...your tute and your English are great! Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunny148
    0000 steel wool would do the trick, Wonder if it would work on pins???
    I was wondering the same thing.
    Do you think it would shred and cause problems that way?

    I like the sock idea, you just dump out the old and put in a new piece.

    Does the steel wool rust, our house is very humid.

    Wonderful english, my DD just said what other country has a class to teach their language, English is a hard one to learn.

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    THIS IS NOT A GREAT IDEA,Running a needle through steel wool is only going to dull the point more on its way in. The object of a very sharp needle is to penetrate to the side of the knitted fibers in your fabric. What you will be doing is creating a ball point needle. Which is great for woven fabrics like steel wool. They do make a pin cushion for deburring pins,but a pin does not have to be as percise as a needle. Especially when I see you doing this for a machine like a beautiful BERNINA 830!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfguimaraes
    Well... I'm not confident if my English is enough to publish a tut... hmmm... let me try!

    Not always we can comply the rule of needle exchange every 8 hours of use... but we can easily notice when the needle is not as sharp. I'll show you how to make your own sharpener at home.

    Cut a 7"x5" rectangle in cotton fabric. Sew around the edges, leaving a small opening and forming a little bag. Place inside a piece of steel wool. Close it with little blind stitches. Ta-da! You're ready for sharpening your needles.

    All you need is to sew (needle without thread) this sharpener forward and backward, just a few times!

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    Thank you so very much for this Great Tut, I'm going to make one and put it to some good use thanks to you. :-D :thumbup:

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