Reason to cheer: new needles!!!

FL Sister id tagI think the Colorado Sister is at her quilt guild today so I thought I’d touch base with you guys and we could take a minute and cheer together. The occasion? I PUT A NEW NEEDLE IN MY MACHINE!!!! Woot! Woot!

I know that’s not noteable for most of you but, in an effort to be real in the web world, I need to admit that, for me, it’s kind of a big deal.  I’m thinking that such an admission is shocking to those stitching sisters who are a bit more intentional about details. But I tend to get in the zone and on I go — stitching and stitching and stitching …

And I’ve learned that a fresh needle really can make all of the difference. When my thread starts to snaggle (that’s a technical term, you know), it’s my cue to consider how long I’ve been using the needle.

old needles cropped sm

Maybe it’s because I was raised by a Child of the Great Depression where the mantra was “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” But for the longest time I thought the only time the needle got changed was when it hit a pin and broke. Now I know differently, but changing those sewing habits that I’ve had since childhood …. Well, let’s just say that when it happens, it’s cause to celebrate!

So today when I started to stitch the backing for a quilt, I actually thought of the New Needle idea BEFORE the thread snaggled!

new needles cropped sm

Not sure what the official “Changing of the Needle” rule of thumb is. Maybe after every project? After a certain amount of sewing hours? And I need to be sure I’ve got the right size. Maybe I should ask my sister.

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