Originally Posted by Ramblinrev
Yeah... I'm still scratching my head over that one. But without knowing exactly what the discussion was I'm loathe to be too critical of the expert. For domestic use I am only aware of a few needle styles... universal point, sharp, ball point, jeans/denim, and leather. None that I am aware of designed specifically for synth fabrics. I'd like more information on that. I'm not up to date on the latest developments.
Be aware, the smaller the throat plate hole/the thinner the needle, the more critical it is to let the feed dogs do the work. Pulling the fabric can flex the needle and cause it to hit the throat plate. That is not a good thing. People have gotten needle shards in their eyes from that kind of damage. It's rare, but it happens. When my wife worked in a factory setting she had to wear OHSA approved glasses to protect her eyes from that kind of incident. Not saying we should all do that, but breaking needles is not something to dismiss lightly.
Thanks for the information. My needle brakes were always on the underside of the fabric with the thread still in the eye.
Long story short, the Necchi I was reffering to was purchased used from him a few weeks ago and I finally got it back from the repair shop (it wasn't set up properly) and ended up with a refund and no machine...so now I'm looking at buying something new (to me) again.
...Specifically I'm looking for a 50's or 60's Singer like the 400 or 500 series. I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled on ebay and craigslist for something that's been serviced and in good shape.