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richsgirl
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Date: 2/8/12 1:56 AM

How do you know exactly when it's time to change out a sewing machine needle?
We just got a singer quantum stylist for my daughter and I, we are enjoying it very much so far!
Also, how do you know exactly which size needle to use for each project.
I ambout to start a baby blanket with really thick material. How do I know what to use?

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Date: 2/8/12 2:25 AM

In general terms I've been told to change the needle for each project or every 4 sewing hours. Sometimes I let it go longer, especially if I'm working on similar fabric on back to back projects, or just doing repairs and so forth.
I got a little pamphlet some time back when I bought some needles, so your local sewing store may have something similar, that describes the different needle types and what needles goes with which weight of fabric. I did find this link to a blog that has a good summary that should help you start off.
HTH and good luck

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Date: 2/8/12 4:59 AM

I do the same as Red Dragon and change needles after most projects except for alterations which I tend to do in bulk anyway. This from the Threads website may be of help.

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Date: 2/8/12 5:25 AM

I put in a new needle for each new project. But keep and label the used needles to use on muslins. To label the used needles, I use a sharpy and write in each section of a red tomato pin cushion a different needle size, (i.e. 70 sharp) and then stick the corresponding used needle into that section.

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Date: 2/8/12 8:20 AM

It is rare for a sewing machine manual to be printed without a chart of needles and thread, for different fabrics. You may wish to start there.

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Date: 2/8/12 8:36 AM

What DreInPA said. Here's your manual:

Pg 8 - Needles and what to use


-- Edited on 2/8/12 8:40 AM --

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Date: 2/8/12 9:10 AM

OOO, I like that tomato idea. Just wish they would make those teeny-tiny #'s on the needles bigger, even with specs we can't read.

I recommend you pick up a couple Nancy's Notions Tip books, you will have answers to every little thing like this for a quick reference--Favorite Hints and 10-20-30 Minutes to Sew--I found them in Half-Price Books. Also Sew Fast, Faster Fastest by Hausmann.
**You will rely on Tip books instead of the pattern instructions, which are often outdated (why??) with new methods.

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Date: 2/8/12 4:00 PM

Thanks everyone

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Date: 2/8/12 7:57 PM

I found this Singer needle cushion after marking up a red tomato pin cushion too. Now I have a cushion for each sewing machine and the serger. Singer Needle cushion The singer doesn't have all the needle sizes and types, so I write in what I need, but I like how the side (divided) sections are divided by the number of hours used.
-- Edited on 2/8/12 8:01 PM --

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Date: 2/8/12 8:36 PM

I have been using Organ needles the past several months. I find they are nice & sturdy. I agree with other posters check your sewing machine manual for needle sizes.
Whenever you have any stitch getting weird looking be sure to change the needle right away that is something I learned here on PR & really does make a big difference.

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