I told you I put a #8/60 needle in my machine to work with silk thread. When the needle threader tried to thread it, the needle broke in half. Wow, was that a surprise! After that the needle threader didn't work anymore. I found a quiet day when there was no snow on the road and took my machine down the canyon to my very congenial repairman. When I got there and told him the problem he was not at all surprised. You NEVER use the needle threader for a needle smaller than a #12/80. I didn't know that! Did you? My professional longarmer daughter knew that and her sit-down machine is a Bernina. I have a BabyLock so that piece of knowledge must cover at least those two machines. At any rate my needle threader has been properly adjusted and is alive and well once again.
I was also advised to forget using the #8/60 needle altogether. It is just too small and some of the needle companies are no longer making it. That's why they are hard to find! So folks, I am using a #10/70 for my silk thread sewing and it is working well. It is not hard to thread by hand because silk has enough substance to go through the needle like a piece of fine wire.
I was also told that this information is in my User's Manual. I never thought about looking it up. It never occurred to me that my needle threader might not work in this instance. Fortunately I have a service contract that covered the cost.
TIP: Check your Manual before you do something new on your machine, or at least call your dealer or repair person.
No sewing photos today. I have been busy getting Christmas ready for my large family. I still sew every day, but it is the mundane, over-and-over stuff of quilting all over my quilt. Some ripping involved for stupid reasons. I'll tackle that topic next week.
Meanwhile take a look at winter in "my" mountains.
|Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain NP|
Sew a happy seam this week. I wish you a working needle threader (but use it properly).