The number one reason sewing problems occur on a machine is because the needle is not changed enough. How do you know when is the right time to replace your sewing machine needle? A good place to start is by asking yourself when the last time you replaced the needle was. If the answer is “I don’t remember,” then most likely you need to replace it. Without a sharp needle, your stitch quality will decrease significantly.
It is recommended that you use a new needle every time you begin a new sewing project. The average lifespan of a sewing needle is between 6-10 hours depending on the thickness of the fabric being used. This may seem extreme, but it is important to change your needle often as overused needles can cause tugs in your fabric, uneven stitches, and many other common sewing headaches.
If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right sewing machine needle for your sewing needs check out our blog post – “Sewing Machine Needles & How to Choose the Right One.”