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Needle types

So I've been doin some research and noticed that there are numerous needle types available. I just wanted to find out if anyone uses any needles besides the regular (R-type) sharp point needles for their work.

This is not a widely covered subject on here and was curious.

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No, I never use anything other than regular needles, even when I sew leather. The only time I change a needle is when it wears out, or I am sewing with larger thread that requires a larger needle.
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Many thanks, as always, Dan.

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" . . . itís just a case of matching the type of needle to the type and weight of fabric and understanding that needle types relate to the structure of the fabric they are used on."

This might help as it explains what each type of needle was designed for.
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I just went with regular point needles. I have lots of practice to do before I'll be able to start putting out work.

P.S. Being in Rock Springs, Wy, makes it very difficult to get anything done in a timely fasion. Upgraded to a DC motor and needed a new belt. Had to order one, which was way to long. So I ordered shorter one. I'll need another week before I can hopefully start sewing, assuming this one fits!

Had to order needles too!
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" . . . itís just a case of matching the type of needle to the type and weight of fabric and understanding that needle types relate to the structure of the fabric they are used on."

This might help as it explains what each type of needle was designed for.
It is more important to use different types of needles when sewing clothing or when sewing more delicate fabrics. It is not as important when sewing car interiors.
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I had to change belts on my machines when I switched to servo motors and small pulleys. I measured the belt with some string, went to napa and bought fan belts. Works great. I have many many hours of operation on both machines with the fan belt setup, with no ill side effects.
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Here's how to measure for belt length:


The belt should be a "V" belt. I prefer a 3VX belt that is cogged, but it doesn't matter. A belt is a belt, you don't need to buy it from a sewing machine shop, you can get one at most full service hardware stores and farm supply stores.

Measure from the center of the motor's shaft to the center of the shaft the pulley is mounted on on your sewing machine. Say that's 13". Double it to make 26". Then measure the diameters of the pulley on the machine and the pulley on the motor. Say the machine has a 5" pulley and the motor has a 4" pulley. Multiply the two diameters by PI, divide each one by two and add the three dimensions together. In this case, 3.1417 times 5 divided by two equals 7.85 inches and times 4 divided by two equals 6.28". Add 26" plus 7.85" plus 6.28" and you get 40.13" You'd use a 40" belt in this example.
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I got the belt length right the second time. Lol!
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