I’m never quite sure how often to change the needle on the overlocker. I change the sewing machine needle for most new projects, but I’ve been using the same overlocker needle for a while. The tension on the overlocker was being more than usually temperamental recently so I decided to treat it to a new needle. When I got the old needle out and had a good look at it I realised I should have done that a long time ago! In the picture below the needle from the overlocker is the one on the bottom and the top one is a brand-new universal size 90.

Damaged overlocker needle with new universal needle

No wonder things weren’t quite right. Here’s the universal needle next to a new stretch needle. That’s more like it.

After the change of needle and bit more fiddling with the tension the overlocker is working smoothly again. Phew.

6 thoughts on “Ouch

  1. Lightbulb moment! I haven’t changed my needle in the 18 months I’ve had it and the tension has been playing up for me recently. Guess what I’m off to do……?

  2. I usually change all needles – serger and conventional machine – after two projects. There is no arguing with your pictures!

  3. hahahaha oh that’s awesome. Its just a ‘little bit different’ (sounds like a pre-school anti-bullying ad). I don’t have a serger but I change needles pretty frequently on my sewing machine…

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