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The Wrong Needle Size?

Just throwing this out there to see the answers - so what will happen if you use the wrong needle? I know a problem can arise wit the thread feed. What other things can go wrong? I'm sure everyone has had different things happen to them.

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What do you mean by the wrong needle? If you use a needle that is needle system 135 X 17 (for your machine) in whatever size you want you will have no problems. If you use a needle from another needle system, the machine may sew, but poorly, or if the needle is too long or too short the thread may not get picked up by the hook. In the worst case scenario you could jam or damage the machine.
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What do you mean by the wrong needle? If you use a needle that is needle system 135 X 17 (for your machine) in whatever size you want you will have no problems. If you use a needle from another needle system, the machine may sew, but poorly, or if the needle is too long or too short the thread may not get picked up by the hook. In the worst case scenario you could jam or damage the machine.
For example : using anumber 20 when a 14 will do.
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Obviously, using a number 20 needle when a number 14 will do the job is overkill, but it still wouldn't really hurt anything other than if you were sewing leather, Ultraleather, or vinyl in which case the larger size of the needle shank would open up a hole that a smaller thread size wouldn't fill. You would not use a size 14 needle unless you were using a smaller size thread. You probably couldn't use anything bigger than size 69 thread even if you wanted to because bigger thread sizes would not go through the eye of that small a needle.

It's pretty much common sense to use a needle that is more in line with the thread you are using.
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Obviously, using a number 20 needle when a number 14 will do the job is overkill, but it still wouldn't really hurt anything other than if you were sewing leather, Ultraleather, or vinyl in which case the larger size of the needle shank would open up a hole that a smaller thread size wouldn't fill. You would not use a size 14 needle unless you were using a smaller size thread. You probably couldn't use anything bigger than size 69 thread even if you wanted to because bigger thread sizes would not go through the eye of that small a needle.

It's pretty much common sense to use a needle that is more in line with the thread you are using.
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