When I first started sewing, I didn't pay attention to my machine needles. And given my conversations with other beginners, I realized that this isn't all that unusual. However, it didn't take long for me to see the error of my ways. When I took my very first sewing machine (a refurbished 1967 Singer Touch & Sew) in for a quick repair, I left with a fixed machine and a new appreciation for needles.
Since that time (so very long ago), I've use Schmetz needles and only Schmetz needles - and not just because that's what the repair shop recommended. I can see the difference!
I keep a slew of them in my needle storage box.
My embroidery machine needles have a different home in a different box!
|An old pill bottle stores my used needles.|
|Stored on my floor lamp post next to my machine!|
I really recommend visiting the SchmetzNeedles website. I love their Learning Center, especially their Trouble Shooting Guide. It might be a little overwhelming at first, but, as with anything, troubleshooting gets easier with experience.
And just how much do I love needles? Enough that I buy my Universal 80/12 by the box!
And, BTW, I'm in no way affiliated with Schmetz. I just know a good thing when I use it!