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4 days ago
Just a caution about your sewing machine needles⚠️. We are seeing quite a few machines coming in with problems caused by a budget brand of needles being sold at some department stores. These needles are made so poorly that they will actually cause your machine to not sew properly.
To demonstrate - the needle on the left is a Schmetz brand needle size 80 and on the right is the department store needle size 70. This size needle should be finer than the Schmetz, and as you can see, not only is it thicker, but it’s also longer😱! Other needles in the same department-store-pack are made backwards or are bent. Consumers are purchasing these needles in good faith, and then spending hours trying to find the cause of their sewing machine problem, all the while certain that it can’t be their machine needle because it’s a brand-new pack😤. And the worst part about this is that newbies to sewing, who are keen to get involved in this hobby that we all love so much, think that the problems that they are experiencing are caused by them doing something wrong, and with a hit to their confidence, they just give up🙄.
No matter if you have an enormous machine that you use every day, or a small one, that you get out every now and then, we recommend using brand-quality needles like Schmetz, that you can purchase from all good sewing stores. Share this post with your sewing friends ... See MoreSee Less
Never skimp on needles and thread. You get what you pay for
Yes, great advice. I have only used Schmetz since my days working at Minnesota Fabrics. We spend a fortune on the machines, and need to be willing to spend the money on good needles. A side note, if you haven't tried the schmetz chrome needles, treat yourself. Worth every penny!!
Peggy Sagers insists that she changes her needle when it breaks. Personally I change mine when I hear that thumping noise Marcy mentioned. I prefer not to damage my expensive machine waiting for my needle to break.
And as mentioned earlier, change needle every 8-10 hours of sewing time. Just like a pencil, it gets dull!
Also not a good idea to buy cheap bobbins.
I think organ brand is good too. I know they gave me some with my new Janome machine I bought at Mo sewing center, and I've used them without problems.
I always use either schmetz or klasse. Fresh needle with each project helps too.
Agreed. Buy the good stuff, machine, needles, scissors, fabric, thread..the rest is aggravating and can drive you nuts and give poor results.
I always use Schmetz microtex needles 👍
We spend thousands of dollars for our machines why mess them up by trying to save a few pennies on needles???
Well, I had forgotten that the needle in my serger required a specific kind of overlock needle. The newer sergers now use universal needles. I had forgotten that my machine required tha overlock needles and used the universal one and the needles broke twice and the serger would not chain. Once we changed to the correct needle, the serger sewed fine.
I’ve used organ without problems
And change needles regularly like changing oil in your car. Some newbies don't know this.
And watch for cheap bobbins, also!! Not worth taking the risk.
That goes for rotary blades too. And believe me I learned that the hard way.
Excellent photo to show this. Cheaper is not always the way to go.
JoAnn sells Schmetz , so beware. Check thoroughly. Years ago they were top of the line. Not necessarily now.
I've always used Inspira needles for my Viking machines, and have never had any problems. I will give Schmetz a try and see how it goes.
I've been sewing with Schmetz exclusively for almost 5 years now. I have never had such reliability with needles. I even use them in my 35+ year old Kenmore machine that I previously only used Kenmore needles in. I won't buy anything except Schmetz!
I've not found a needle this bad in the over 50 years I've been sewing.
Thanks for the visual!!
I was taught to change the needle after 8 hours of sewing too. Sewing is a joy with good new needles.
Can i use Schmetz Needles with my Brother machine?
this is so true! I was having all kinds of problems with thread breaking and uneven stitches etc. Local sewing shop suggested it was my needle. I even bought a new machine before that. I changed the needle in the old machine and wah-la it works fine now.
Can you recommend needles that come in less plastic? I am trying to find needles for my janome and my serger without all that plastic
Ahh Thank you. Love u
To all my sewing friends, here is my Valentine to you.
A quilter must have found that.
Love vintage. Wish I had kept mine from childhood.
Happy Valentines Day to all my family and friends. Love to you all!
Ohh, so cute!
How adorable, ty
Happy Valentines Cousin, I love you !
That is sew cute❣️❣️❣️
Or your scrapbook scissors.
That is me...🐈
Making a quilt for Kathryn
Working on a quilt for Kathryn thanks
Indiana Row by Row Experience shared Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric's post.
4 weeks ago
Road to California Quilt Show - 165 wall hangings of Prince. It would be fun to have gone, just to see all the creativity.
Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric
The Prince Cherrywood Challenge
Cherrywood is a Hand Dyed Fabric business in Minnesota and sponsors art quilt challenges every year. Each of the 165 pieces of art (quilts) measure 20 inches. Everyone started out with the exact same purple fabrics from Cherrywood and then created their own original design inspired by the late, great Prince.
The display covers 90 feet of wall space. More information on where to see this amazing exhibit and order the keepsake book here- http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/prince
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Road to CA is fabulous!
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Teri Mountjoy Dougherty better get the quilts out!
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