As I was happily sewing along on my brown stripe quilt, I started noticing that some of the stitching tension wasn’t great……
I worked thru the list of all of the usual suspects….
- re-threaded the top
- re-threaded the bobbin
- adjusted the tension dial
- cleaned out the bobbin area
- put a few extra drops of oil in the proper areas
But it did not improve!!
I finally decided that it had to be the needle. For the last two years I have been using Superior brand Titanium coated needles…..
Because of their durability, I do not change the needle nearly as often as I used to. Here is what Superior has to say about them……
“With Superior’s Titanium-coated needles, you will hear a different sound when sewing (a soft, constant thud, thud, thud) when the needle is getting dull. This is because the thin layer of titanium-nitride coating is wearing off. Every time the needle penetrates fabric, there is a microscopic amount of wear on a needle, no matter what it is coated with (nickel, chrome, or titanium).
There are many other cues of a dulling or dull needle that are more recognizable, such as skipped stitches, the top thread shredding, and/or puckering while stitching. If your thread starts to behave strangely and you are experiencing these types of problems whereas you weren’t before, chances are that your needle should be replaced.
So, I replaced the needle and….magically…..the tension issues went away!!!
Now…back to sewing!!!