When it comes to sewing stitches, why is something so important so easy to forget? We're probably all guilty of it: pushing through too many projects before swapping our sewing machines needles for new ones, or simply forgetting.
|New needles for my machine.|
I got a gentle reminder recently when I took my sewing machine for service. As the technician took a peek at my machine, she stopped to scrutinize my needle.
"How long has it been since you changed your needle?" she asked.
I scanned back through the project Rolodex in my mind, but couldn't light upon exactly when. Was it after making my niece's baby quilt? Before patching the holes in a pair of shorts?
Having a new needle can be the difference in creating a really clean, beautiful sewing stitch. It also keeps your machine happy, and in working order. The general rule is to replace your needle after eight hours of use.
My none-too-quick response meant it was time to buy a pack of universal needles and throw out my old needle. It also got me thinking: I probably need some sort of log or reminder system to help me know when to change my needle.
I hope my writing this serves as a welcome reminder that it may be time for you to treat your machine to a new needle.
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Also, I'm curious: what system, if any, do you use to remind yourself to change your needle? A written log? An electronic calendar alert? A string tied around your finger? I can't wait to hear.