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How often should you change Serger/Overlocker needles?
Sewing machines use every 6/8 hours as a guide
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Date: 1/29/13 11:35 PM

I have never changed my serger needles to start a new project or after a certain time of serging.
My SM book says when you begin a new project start with a new needle, or after 6 to 8 hours of sewing, discard needle old needle.
What does everyone do?
I have BL Evolution which takes special needles , not the SM schmertz universal.
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Date: 1/30/13 0:21 AM

I rarely change mine and I don't have any problems with the stitches. You know that saying...'If it ain't broke don't fix it.' Well, should I have problems with the stitches I'll change them but not until. Same on my SM's.

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Date: 1/30/13 1:42 AM

I change my sewing machine needle depending on what fabric I'm sewing - so knit gets a ball-point or stretch needle and denim gets a denim needle etc.
Finer wovens will get a smaller universal needle eg. 70.

However, I don't necessarily discard a needle after 8 hours of sewing. Sometimes I think manufacturers tell you these things to make you buy more. And I don't believe in unneccesarily filling landfills :-)

But if my machine is skipping stiches, the first thing I check/change is the needle.

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Date: 1/30/13 3:33 AM

I never change my serger needles until they get break/bend. Never had a problem with any of the stitching either. I'm also one that change needles according to fabric type, but if I'm sewing standard wovens for a long time, I don't change the needles between projects.

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Date: 1/30/13 6:59 AM

I change my serger needles very infrequently and use a 90 sharp on everything. I've never had a problem.

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Date: 1/30/13 9:17 AM

I start every project with new needles in the sewing machine and serger. I've even been known to change needles midway through a long project.

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Date: 1/30/13 9:54 AM

I should've added to my original post that I do change my SM machine needle to match the fabric.

I really like watching Peggy Sagers (of Silhouete Patterns) webcasts Peggy said that 'need to change needles often' is not necessary. She said she uses the same one for months and she sews constantly! She also said she uses size 10 universal needles for everything she sews. She was talking about SM's - not sergers - but still, isn't that interesting!?! Made me feel better about my own lack of using fresh needles for everything.




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Date: 1/30/13 10:15 AM

I only change my serger needles if the weight of the fabric calls for it or I can't remember how many years ago I last changed them. Not a good example, I guess.
On the other hand, I change sewing machine needles frequently.

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Date: 1/30/13 12:31 PM

New needle(s) for every project; sewing machine, serger, coverstitch machine. Same rule for all, for me.

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Date: 1/30/13 7:41 PM

I changed needles once when I was having looping in the needle thread on my sample before I started the garment. New needle seemed to fix the problem. Otherwise I change if I'm using a very light fabric or heavy denim to a different size needles.

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