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    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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    I love this idea. Thank you so much for the pictures. IT looks like the steel wool is a very fine grade. like I use for furniture refinishing. I will make one of these and try it. Very clever!

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    Great tut.
    thanks for sharing!

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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!
    Great idea! What grade of steel wool. It comes in fine, regular and coarse.

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    Great idea! What grade of steel wool. It comes in fine, regular and coarse.
    Hmmm... Houston, we'd had a problem!

    My English was the 1st point I was not sure to publish it... the material thing was the second... LOL...

    I would say it should be the fine one. Here in my country we use it for shining pots... does it help?

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    Thank you for the great idea! And I think your English is just fine!!

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    This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!

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    Thanks so much for this great idea. Your English was very understandable.

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    Great idea :thumbup: Thanks for the tute.

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    OH, NEAT. What a wonderful idea. Will have to make myself one. THANK YOU

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    thank you VERY much for that tut. it is an excellent idea!!

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    great idea. i think i got some in my tool box. gonna try it.

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    Thank you for the tute !! :-D
    Great idea, will try very soon !! :-D

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    Your english is exceptional! You are to be commended!

    Thanks for the info on the needle sharpner.I'll have to give it a try!
    Thanks!

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    Fantastic idea!!! I'm going to make one tuesday - my first day of summer vacation! :) thank you for sharing.

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    Great idea and tut! Thanks for sharing.

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    Wonderful idea, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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    Wow, what a Great idea :!: :!: :!: Your english is just fine. Directions nice and clear......THANKS :!:

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    You are so smart! Your English is excellent. Thank you for this tip. I am going to make one tomorrow.

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    This idea I'm sharing at my quilt guild meeting tomorrow night. I know we have to have sharp needles, but cringe at the cost. Thanks so much for the tut!

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    Thanks for a novel idea, I would never have thought of doing something like this, but will definitely try this. Your English is just fine.

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    That is a great idea! Thank you for sharing this.

    Your English is excellent. :)

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    Your English is fine! And your tutorial is fine too! Thanks!

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    thanks for the tut. i wouldn't sharpen the same needle too often, you may start having problems. sharpening can shorten your needle creating problems.

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    Thank you so much for sharing this with us :D:D:D

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