Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Tips: cleaning needles

Disclaimer: I stole this tip. But it's so good, I hope you can forgive me.

I was marathon-watching It's Sew Easy this weekend. I had to clear off the DVR so I could make room for the one thousand old movies I DVR'd from Turner Classic Movies. I have to do something to entertain myself while my husband is in Europe!

Anyway, there was a segment where Sue Hausmann was making duct tape purses (really). Obviously, this was making her machine a wee bit sticky. She shared a super fast way to clean off that residue.

Sew through an alcohol swab packet! It will clean the gunk off your needle in no time. We have a ton of these leftover from when AB was born (you use them to clean the umbilical cord area). If I remember correctly, it was like $1 for a huge box.

Have a hard time keeping track of the last time you changed your needle? The Sewist's Notebook includes a page specifically for logging this information. Buy your copy here!

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