August 2015

Needle Points from Rhonda


My sewing and quilting is often driven by weather. Too hot to garden and too humid for the beach, I often retreat to my air conditioned sewing room in August. This month will be quite a bit different. First, I'm excited because on Monday, August 10th, I'll be talking to Pat Sloan, host of the Voice of Quilting radio/podcast, author, fabric and quilt designer. Yahoo! Check Pat's website for specifics at Then I'm filming several SCHMETZ videos answering frequently asked needle questions - stay tuned for details. Before I know it, I will be surrounded by quilting and sewing professionals at three back-to-back wholesale tradeshows, celebrating my birthday, and then I'll ask where did the month go? And where's my August sewing? Good thing I got a lot of sewing done in January! Enjoy summer!

Sew SCHMETZ & Grabbit Too!

Rhonda Pierce
Marketing Director
699 Executive Drive

Willowbook, IL  60527






SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #18


Have you conquered your serger? Pamela Leggett is a serger and fit expert for our changing bodies. For the longest time I was intimidated by the serger, and I certainly am no longer a single digit dress size. Can you relate? Pamela has figured out how to serge for our extra curves. Get a glimpse into Pamela's creative life before her upcoming guest appearances on Sewing With Nancy. Pamela will inspire you to serge ahead and fall in love with garment sewing again! Plus this issue reviews serger needles. Click Here!

    Glad You Asked!

"Can a dull needle be restored by using a strawberry emory or special sand paper?"

Thanks for asking Janice. SCHMETZ needles are an engineered tool. Once the point has been dulled, the point cannot be restored. Think about trying to sharpen a syringe needle or even a shaving razor. Ouch! Manually sharpening a needle to the exact tapered point is nearly impossible. Plus, the abrasion from sharpening will create drag on the needle causing fabric and thread damage, and even worse compromising machine tension - a three digit repair. Being fugal is admirable, but replacement of a dull needle is easy and inexpensive.


For review, here are clues to changing the needle:

  • Shredded or Broken Threads

  • Skipped or Uneven Stitches

  • Puckered or Damaged Fabrics

  • Popping Sound Made by Sewing Machine




Something to Think About

Commentary: Did you plagiarize that quilt? (Chicago Tribune, July 21, 2015)


Issue 15

Singer Featherweight

Issue 16

Debra Gabel

Issue 17

Joan Ford


Have you seen these back issues of SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW?

SCHMETZ App - Version 1.2.1

Wondering which needle to use? Wonder no more because there's an App for That! That's right ... and it's free! CLICK HERE to download the most recent version (1.2.1).


At last ... easy to identify SCHMETZ needles! Most needles now have two bands of color - the top band to identify needle type and the lower band to identify size. The Universal needle has just one band of color for size. Yahoo!


Download Links:

8" x 11"

4" x 6" Postcard Size

(2/page - Avery 5389)

Check Us Out!

Change Your Needle!


Add this Badge to Your Web Site


Where's Rhonda?

2015 Schedule

(Maroon color indicates Wholesale Venue)

United Notions/Moda Fabrics Open House

August 16-17

Dallas TX

Janome Institute

August 18-22

San Antonio TX

Baby Lock Tech

August 29-September 1

St. Louis MO

International Quilt Market

October 24-26

Houston TX