Great article. Thanks for the reminder. I’m definitely one of those who should know better but often don’t change the needle for a quick mending project or such. And for those who make bags out of denim or canvas, you can get needles up to size 24 I believe and when you’ve got a lot of layers of a 12+ oz. canvas, a hefty enough needle can make or break your project. (The right thread as well!) I think I learned this tip from my mother: You should never be able to hear the needle going through the fabric, if you can it’s the wrong needle.
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