The most asked question in Classes…
“When am I supposed to change my needle?”
Using sewing machine in class, there are undoubtedly hiccups along the way, clunking, loopy stitches..the first thing I ask is when did you last change your needle!
Well I have official recommendation from Schmetz themselves in the video link..Here
Machine needles should be replaced after a maximum sewing time of 8 hours. Replace needles more frequently when sewing synthetic fabric, appliqués or machine embroidery. This will avoid skipped stitches, fabric pulls and frayed threads. Machine needles are designed to break or shear off for the protection of the sewing machine hook mechanism, bobbin case, presser foot, or needle plate. If a needle bends or burrs, do not sew with it. When a machine needle breaks, it is a warning to check the following: ~The needle type and size is correct? ~Is the thread too thick or unsuitable for the needle size and application? ~Is the upper thread feeding freely? ~Are the thread tensions set too tight? ~Does the machine need cleaning? ~Is the correct presser foot fitted? ~Is the correct sewing technique being used? ~Is the fabric being pulled, pushed or dragged during sewing? ~Twin needles usually break due to excessive heat build up. Reduce speeds and avoid prolonged usage.
Thread breakage can be caused by resistance of thread going through the needle eye/size. A good rule of thumb is that thread should not take up more than 1/2 the space of or in the needle eye depending on thread texture. Thread a needle in your hand and let the needle slide down over the length of the thread. If there is too much resistance, it may show up as broken thread due to heat built up in higher speed sewing and/or just restriction and resistance in the needle eye which can cause thread to shred and break. There can be many more reasons for thread shredding and breaking, other than just matching correct needle eye size to thread size.
The needle is not a permanent machine part. Needles get dull from use. Needles are meant to be changed. Clues to Changing the Needle – Shredding or broken threads – – Skipped stitches – – Puckered or damaged fabrics – – Wiggly squiggly seams – – Popping, clicking or clunking sound –
Schmetz German-made sewing machine needles have been made to the highest quality since 1851.
Only Schmetz provides sewers worldwide with the consistent quality that sews the perfect stitch every time.
While other companies attach fancy names to discounted cheap needle products, Schmetz pursues an active development and research program aimed at continually improving the performance of its needles ensuring that Schmetz sewing machine needles with consistently pull through the demands of the most challenging sewing applications and projects.
Some people don’t realize that the sewing machine needle is the most important element in the stitch forming process.
Many needle companies wish they could match the amount of time, detail and quality of material that does into making every high quality Schmetz needle.
In terms of sewing satisfaction, the price of using cheap discounted needles always exceeds the cost of the purchase!
Using the correct needles for every different sewing applications makes all the difference to your sewing!
Suitable for Singer, Brother, Janome, Frister + Rossmann, Bernina, Pfaff, Elna, Jaguar, Quilting Club, Husqvarna and all other household sewing machine brands.
With a huge range including Universal (Regular), Jersey / Ball Point, Stretch, Jeans / Denim, Leather, Quilting, Embroidery, Overlock, Metallic, Hemstitch / Wing, Topstitch, Quick Threading / Handicap / Easythread, Microtex, Double Eye, Spring, Twin, Triple etc.
So don’t fret.. change your needle!
My sister passed on an old shelf that my nephew used to keep his fossil collection on…
A first coat of ‘off white’ emulation paint is applied.
As i was storing my ‘Stewart Gill‘ paints, of course I had to decorate it with their products!!
I chose Green, Blue, and Hot Pink from the ‘TrueColour collection. And at the bottom I used scrumptious Violet from the Colourise collection. I blended the colours towards the corners to get a nice graduation.
Pinning double edge binding on with
Quilting Pins by Clover
The binding is pressed raw edges together before pinning onto the right side of the quilt. I usually join enough strips together to fit all around the quilt, so folding it round the corner finished at 45 degrees is neat.
This photo shows the binding on the last stage, bringing the folded edge over to the back & then machining.
The appliquéd bunting is also done with Minky, it’s great because it doesn’t fray!
This sweet quilt was patched with Riley Blake’s The simple life collection. And minkee bunting to add a bit of detail.
Still Avaliable 🙂