Needle Facts: Sewing Worthiness?

How many times have you saved a used machine needle only to return to it later and wonder if it is still sewing worthy?  Here are two little tests you can do on the spot to determine a used needle’s sewing worthiness:

  • Run the needle tip across your thumb nail.  If the needle leaves a scratch, it has a burr.  Toss the needle.
  • Run the needle tip across a pair of old hosiery or a swatch of clingy knit fabric.  If the needle tip snags, it has a burr.  You know what to do… Toss the needle.

Many of us have good intentions to toss worn needles, but sometimes we get sidetracked and just set them aside.  The above tips are easy and cost nothing to help you determine the sewing worthiness of your used needle.  If in doubt, CHANGE the needle!



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