Sunday, May 16, 2010

Needling

I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to explain the impossible. No, not how our country has embraced higher taxation, less freedom, and overall mediocrity, but the complex issue of ordering sewing machine needles.

The first rule of ordering sewing machine needles is: DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD NEEDLE PACKAGE!!!

If you just call us and start reading all the seemingly gibberish numbers on the needle package, we can figure out what you need quite quickly.

FYI, the reason needles have so many numbers is that back when sewing machine needle brands like Singer and Pfaff and Union Special etc. were brand new on the market, they each came up with their own numbering system for needles so that customers would have to buy the needles under their brand name even though they were usually available cheaper under other brand names. This is one reason so many people hate capitalism today, it being the worst form of economic life known to man, except for all the others.

Anyway, over time we sewing supply people figured out which needles were the same, so nowadays the packages carry the most common aliases.

Also, know that there are two pieces of information we need to know about your needles: SYSTEM and SIZE. System is the type of needle, like 135X17 or B27. Size is how thick the shaft of the needle is, like 12 or 14 or 18 or whatever. Note that just to make things more confusing, there are also several sizing systems, so you will usually see something like 12/80 on the package, which is the Singer size and the metric equivalent.

We cannot reliably choose needles for you based on the machine model because over the years, mechanics might have retimed the machine to work with whatever needle they had on hand.

So here's the bottom line:
DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD NEEDLE PACKAGE!!!

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