How often do I REALLY need to change the needle in my sewing machine? I know that you are supposed to change them alot but I have never gotten an answer on when they should be changed.
-Sara, From Chico
Hey Sara from Chico,
A general rule of thumb on needles is about 8 hours of sewing. We have also heard that every quilt deserves a new needle. Changing out your needle is also one of the least expensive ways of keeping your machine in good working order. When you hear the kachunk kachunk of your machine that is not a good sign. Every pass through the fabric dulls the needle and pretty soon instead of piercing the fabric it begins to punch through the fabric. That is not good for your machine or what you are sewing so just remember to keep it sharp.