If you’ve been following along on the Back to School Blog Hop I’d like to welcome you to my stop…
Can you remember the last time you changed your sewing machine needle?
Yes? Good job! I hope it wasn’t just as a result of a breakage?
No? You might like to go and change it right now! Really, right now!!
The right, burr free needle makes all the difference to your stitching, whether you are a garment sewist, a top piecer or a quilter. You’ll get a cleaner stitch and snagless sewing.
I’m a quilter who is usually stitching woven fabrics so I like a sharp needle. It might be a microtex needle, a top-stitch needle, sometimes a metallic needle or an embroidery needle and less frequently a denim needle or a quilting needle. They are all sharp needles.
If I was stitching on knit fabrics I’d put a ballpoint needle in my machine.
It’s time for a story. Are you sitting comfortably?
Once upon a time all needles were sharp needles and all fabrics were woven. A sharp needle makes a clean hole through woven fabrics. Then knit fabrics came into the world and round or ball point needles were introduced so they wouldn’t split the fibres of the woven fabric. Some lazy stitchers didn’t like swapping needles so those who make such things came up with the universal needle, kind of like a general contractor… perfectly OK at most things, a jack of all trades, but not the absolute best… The sewists who choose the right needles for the right jobs are the ones who get the very best results and live happily ever after!
Sam Hunter has an excellent tutorial on choosing your needle. I recommend you take a look at it. After you’ve chosen the right needle the only other thing is to remember they don’t mature with age. They just get old and dull. They are not sharp any more. That’s why you need to change them every six hours of stitching or so. If you use the titanium coated ones they do last a little longer. I usually let them go twelve hours or so but really I like the fact they are gold colored and they make me feel good when I use them!
Of course it goes without saying, don’t stitch over pins if you don’t want to dull the point of any needle and be careful to let it stop going up and down before you pull your work out of your machine. That’s a sure fire way to break your needle…. ask me how I know?
If you’ve never tried Superior needles I have a little give away for you… leave me a comment telling the world how often you change your machine needles and I’ll choose one winner to receive a packet of each of my favorite size titanium coated needles along with a little spool of Aurifl 12 weight and 50 weight thread to use with them.
Only comments left on this blog post will count. I’ll choose the winner on Saturday morning so make sure to tell your friends to give them a chance of winning too. Just one comment each please and remember to make sure I have a way of contacting you.
And if you want to read all the other useful blog posts that have been written on this blog hop over the last four weeks here’s the complete list. There are just a few more to go…
Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts – So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work
Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com – The Quilter’s Knot
Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams – The Importance of Pressing
Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts – Color Coding for Paper-piecing
Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio – How to Calculate and Cut Bias Binding
Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio – Credit where Credit is Due
Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts – How to Keep a Perfect 1/4” Seam Between Different Machines
Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes – Fast Pieced Applique
Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher – The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Sewing Machine
Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio – Make a Mobile Art Kit
Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty – Log Cabin 101
Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness – Zipper Tips
Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah – Matching Seams
Sept 14: Jemelia Hilfiger of JemJam – Garment Making Tips and Tricks
Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios – Curved Piecing Without Pins
Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall – Types of Basting
Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams – Setting your Seams
Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps – Joining Quilted Pieces by Machine
Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld – The Importance of Labels
Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling – How to Make a Quilt Back
Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures – Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders
Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter – Baby Quilts for Baby Steps
Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX – TNT: Thread, Needle, Tension
Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creation – Button Holes
Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane – Corner Triangle Methods
Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting – The Power of Glue Basting
Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford – Change the Needle!
Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z – French Knots, – ooh la la!
Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts – How to Align Your Fabrics for Dog Ears
October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds – Teaching Kiddos to Sew on a Sewing Machine
October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams – The Straight Stitch Throat Plate
October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty – Lining Strips Up
I’m looking forward to reading your comments. Check back Saturday to see who won. GO NOW… change your needle!