While working on an embroidery project this weekend, I, once again, became frustrated when the thread started to break frequently. Before reaching my wit's end I checked my needle. Sure enough, that was the issue. My embroidery needle had become dull. With a quick change I was back in action, but it got me thinking: How often should you change your needle?

Amazing Designs recommends inserting a new needle at the start of every project, or after about eight hours of sewing. Also, be sure to change your needle whenever it becomes bent, dull or develops a burr.

Damaged or worn needles result in:

  • Broken or shredded threads
  • Skipped stitches
  • Puckered fabrics
  • Uneven threads
  • Hearing the needle hit the machine, needle plate or hook

Remember, replacing your needle is an inexpensive way to prevent potential stitching problems and lots of frustration

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