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This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: Amber
Date: 02-27-2004, 01:13 AM (1 of 5)
Hi agian. Glad to see such a great site for sewers, especially since I am new at this! I was wondering if you all could give me some input on needles. How often should I change the needle on my machine? Also, do you just buy universal needles, or specificly for your brand of machine?? I should brag also that I just finished my second sewing project, and I am loving this!! It's so great to finish an outfit or whatever and know that you made that! Thanks alot, happy sewing.
User: Amber
Member since: 02-24-2004
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 02-27-2004, 01:33 AM (2 of 5)
Hey Amber glad you joined us We are all friendly and will help you as much as we can. Our leader here is MaryW. If she can't help you with something she will find someone who can. She's put together a great site. We get kookie sometimes but we love sewing and these boards.

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From: MaryW
Date: 02-27-2004, 11:20 AM (3 of 5)
Hi Amber. :bluesmile

Machine needles should be changed every 3-4 projects. That is just kind of a general idea. If you sew polyester blends, they will dull very quickly. You can tell they are dull because they make a thud thud noise when you are sewing.

If you sew knits, ball points should be used and quilting needles if you are sewing thru layers. Schmetz is a good brand. Does anyone else have any needle recommendations?
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: allie-oops
Date: 02-27-2004, 12:27 PM (4 of 5)
I change my needles about every 8 hours of sewing. I get them by the box, 100 for $10, from I use Organ needles - they work great!
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-27-2004, 01:24 PM (5 of 5)
I like Schmetz and I just got some Organ Titanium (expensive, but can be used about 4 times longer than regular needles, or so I was told....) I CAN tell you they're nice needles so far and I've done 6 projects with the same needle and it 'sounds' Ok..( embroidery projects of 10,00/20,000 stitches)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
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