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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2008 10:39:44 AM »

I can't wait to try some of these ideas out tomorrow.  Thank you all so much.

Sew-Classic, do you know if I can use one of the needles you describe in my Featherweight?  My mom always used Singer needles in it, so that's what I do, but I've always wondered if I can use a different kind.
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2008 01:34:29 PM »

I can't wait to try some of these ideas out tomorrow.  Thank you all so much.

Sew-Classic, do you know if I can use one of the needles you describe in my Featherweight?  My mom always used Singer needles in it, so that's what I do, but I've always wondered if I can use a different kind.

Your Featherweight uses needles in the standard, home sewing machine needle system. You can use any brand of quality, home sewing machine needles.  Schmetz offfer consistant quality and are always a very good choice.  You are not limited to Singer "brand" needles. And Schmetz brand needles are commonly available and come in a wide range of styles, point types and sizes for home sewing machines. Singer needles also come in a variety of point types & styles.

I would caution you again using any stretch needle (in the 'Singer world' they are the 'yellow band' needles).  These types of needles have an offset blade (lower portion of the needle) that brings this poart of the needle closer to the hook to help eliminate skipped stitches on certain stretch, synthetic fabrics. Since the hook/needle tolerances on your featherweight should be set quite close, the stretch (yellow band) needles may actually come in contact with the hook and damage it. Besides, you shouldn't even need a strecth needle on the FW.   A featherweight hook is NOT a cheap part, so you do no want to damage it.
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2008 05:01:43 PM »

Thank you so much SC.  I really appreciate the advice.  I will avoid the stretch needles like the plague.  I looked at your website, and you really have a lot of great information.  I've seen the Schmetz needles in sewing stores.  I'll look at them if some of the other suggested solutions in this thread do not help.
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