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Time for a new needle?

Universal Klasse Sewing Machine Needle

Universal Klasse Sewing Machine Needle

It is recommended that you insert a brand new needle into your sewing machine for every new project you do but, really, is that necessary?

Here is a pretty neat tip to be able to tell easily if your sewing machine needle needs replacing.

Keep an old nylon or pair of pantyhose in your sewing room. To check if a needle (or pin) has a “burr” and needs replacing, simply insert it into the nylon fabric and pull it out again. If it catches on the delicate nylon fabric, it needs replacing. If it comes out smoothly, maybe it’s OK.

Another indication that your needle might need replacing is if the top thread keeps breaking while you sew. Thread actually has a sharpening effect as it passes through the eye of the needle. After some time, the edge of the needle eye will become sharp enough to cut the thread. As well as causing unnecessary damage to the thread, this causes annoying thread breaking to occur. If you find your top thread breaking often, it could mean that you need to replace the needle.

Always keep a package or two of needles on hand and you won’t find yourself in need of a new sewing machine needle on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of an important project!

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