For those of you who are squeamish, you may want to turn away. What you are about to see is not pretty.
Exhibit A: A size 11 (sharp) sewing machine needle.
Exhibit B: A close-up of the tip of the needle, in case you couldn't see that massive hook in the tip in the photo above. (Check out the shadow--it's a dead give-away!)
When questioned, the perp admitted to changing the needle--but refused to specify a date. After multiple lashings with a wet noodle, she finally admitted to changing the needle in November! NOVEMBER 2008! The incident in question took place on February 4, 2009. We know for a fact that the perp has made at least 7 quilted items in the past week alone! After ascertaining the problem, I was forced to smell the M&M tin to keep from fainting! The poor machine was pulling to the left at each stitch and making a horrible thumping noise--a clear indication of extreme distress for the Featherweight. With a new needle and lots of gentle encouragement (and knowing that her mother was going to get it big time), she resumed her normal purr and stopped trying to veer left.
So remember--you should not be using a crochet hook as a needle! Don't make me come over there!
This public service announcement has been sponsored by sewing machines everywhere who ask that you treat them to a new needle frequently. And that does NOT mean just when they break! They shiver at the mention of the lady who traded in her 25 year old machine and proudly said, "I've never changed the needle!"
Til next time!