I 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.
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!
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.