A Dull Needle Pickle

A sewing friend clipped this cartoon by Brian Crane.  How apropos!  The last few posts have been about the sewing worthiness of your slightly used machine needles.  It is true, a needle will not last forever!  The solution is so easy and inexpensive – Change your Needle!


 ©2012, The Washington Post Reprinted with Permission

So just as the year comes to a close, I hope you find some sewing time to create and rejuvenate with sewing friends.  Unlike the last frame of this Pickles comic strip, go out and buy a couple packs of needles from your local store.  Be prepared to sew!

Enjoy this season of grace and joy.




  1. Hi, I read that column all the time and that is so true. I just came across your website and I have been trying to pick up some sewing machines for a girls home where I will be teaching them how to quilt. My Mom was a seamstress ( should have asked her to teach me how to put in a zipper, she was a pro at it. She made my wedding gown back in 1970 for $35.00 with a veil and the a heart shaped bag for the wedding envelopes). Last week I was able to pick up at swap & shop a small singer sewing machine in really great shape but I still brought it in for a good cleaning & oiling and when I picked it up I thought I better get some new needles for it. Well guess which ones the man had me purchase, yep yours ( which I do have at home here but I bought some more). Thanks for a good product. Now I did want to write you this. I am a member of the Eastern Long Island Quilter’s Guild (eliqg.org, app. 180 members). This June 7th & 8 th, 2014 the guild will be having its Quilt show/event. We are lucky since the guild has access to the local county community college in the area to hold it at( we anticipate app. 1500-2000 attendees to Thai year’s show). At this time the quilting show committee members have been focusing their attention on a new addition to this year’s show, a learning room. This room will be called the “Education Center”. In this room our very talented guild members will be teaching/demonstrating 2-hour workshop classes in hands- on sewing & quilting techniques. So far the techniques on the agenda being considered are as follows; beading & embellishments, ribbon work, appliqué, hand embroidery, Yo-yo, folded & Origami fabric flower making as well as Zipper flowers & brooches, Sashiko, Hawaiian & Celtic quilting. If is is at all possible could you please donate a door prize gift for this new “Education Center” room. It will surely help to make this room a big success the guild show as well as for the attendees to this show. Also include your website information/literature about your products that can be displayed on a table within this room. Any assistance you can offer me would be greatly appreciated. Than you very much.

    Respectfully yours,
    Marie Deuel,eliqg
    PO Box 644
    Jamesport, NY 11947

    Contact number: 631-428-1485

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