“Pop! Pop! Pop!” was the sound that I heard coming from my machine as I worked on my Children at Play quilt. I checked to see if there was any lint caught under the stitch plate. Nothing. I checked to see that the thread was in properly. It looked okay. I checked to see that the needle was inserted properly. That looked fine. But still the popping sound continued every time I sewed.
And then I asked myself, “When was the last time you changed this needle?”
It had been a while. I know that you’re supposed to change your needle every 4-6 hours of sewing time, but I can never figure out exactly how long that is. Usually seeing my stitches start to look funny is a reminder that I need a new needle.
To see if my needle was the culprit of this weird sound, I popped in a new needle. And would you believe that’s all it took to bring my machine back to its usual purr?
So just in case your machine starts to sound a little funny, you may want to pop in a new needle to stop your machine from complaining.