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Needles really DO make a difference
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Date: 5/1/12 0:25 AM

While reading here, I saw something in a post about how a dull, bent or damaged needle can affect how a machine stitches. Because I hadn't sent my daughter's Singer in for repair yet, I decided to test the machine out(with a fresh needle) before taking it in for servicing. Much to my surprise, the machine MAGICALLY worked and has been stitching prefectly since then. I swear I changed needles before thinking it was not working properly. I guess not!

After the success I had with my daughter's machine, I decided to do the same thing to my machine. Much to my surprise, it too, works after a needle change. Oh how silly I feel! At the same time, I am glad I checked because I saved myself servicing fees!

So, the next time I have a machine mess up it's stitching, I will be changing out needles to make sure that isn't the problem. Boy do I feel dumb now. LOL!

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Date: 5/1/12 0:33 AM

They really do make a difference.
So does using the right kind of needle for the project you are sewing.

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Date: 5/1/12 9:34 AM

Yup. I figured that out as well. Funny that I didn't think to check the needles sooner. I have been using a cheap Brother machine since the other machines I have weren't stitching correctly. I managed to change the needles on that machine and hadn't had an issue with the stitching. WHY I didn't think to try that with my other machines is beyond me. Oh well... lesson learned!

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Date: 5/2/12 4:26 AM

I've always been told to use a fresh needle for every project. Needles are inexpensive, repairs are not!

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Date: 5/2/12 10:12 AM

I'm a 'new project new needle' advocate as well. Not only do stitches look nicer - my machine smiles and thanks me for making its job easier. I also clean out and around my bobbin case, feed dogs, rods, etc., with a small brush, get rid of that lint, when I change the needle. However...I do save all those needles in a little box, I'll never find myself without a needle! coco

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In reply to isakswings

Date: 5/2/12 10:41 AM

And, that service fee may have been $70 for a 70 needle.

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Date: 5/2/12 11:41 AM

Quote: isakswings
I swear I changed needles before thinking it was not working properly. I guess not!

Not to intentionally add confusion, but I have (very rarely) found brand new needle to be bad out of the box.

I once had a whole pack of Schmetz needles from JA that was bad. I never knew whether Schmetz had a bad run or if some unscrupulous person swapped them out with used needles and put them back on the wall. They're not really sealed...

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Date: 5/3/12 1:25 AM

No kidding! I am relieved.I am happy I checked before dragging the machine to the repair shop! :)

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Date: 5/3/12 1:27 AM

Needles are cheap. My kids went through a couple of needles last week(newbie stuff). I went out and bought a new package just so we wouldn't run out.I think that changing the needle for a new one will be one of the first things I teach both kids.

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In reply to TessKwiltz

Date: 5/3/12 1:28 AM

wow!!

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