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Embroidery & Sewing Investigation

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

When Dave and Jan heard about Multi-Needle Mondays at Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog, they decided to go on a sightseeing tour.  They stopped to admire the view from the Baby Lock Enterprise.

Suddenly, Jan lost her balance and fell into a mysterious hole.


Fortunately, Hans was out for his afternoon workout. He acted quickly and used some Madeira thread to pull Jan to safety.

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog


Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

An investigation was quickly made. What is the purpose of the hole? Should the city order a manhole cover?

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

A final report was issued and the press (Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog) was quickly alerted to broadcast the important information.

We typically store the Needle changing tool (Threader) in that position. It appears someone forgot to return it there after it was used.

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What is the Needle changing tool (Threader), anyway?

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Let’s compare a single needle machine to a multi-needle machine.  Here’s a close-up view of the needle area of a single needle machine.  It’s easy to loop the thread with your hands through the needle bar thread guide.

But it’s not quite the same with a multi-needle machine. Look at all those needles – there is very little space between each needle.  That’s the reason for the tool!

Take a look at the photo below showing the Needle changing tool (Threader) in action.  The groove is designed to help guide the thread through the needle bar thread guide.

Dave and Jan decided to return to the original spot to complete their photo diary. They are looking forward to another exciting adventure to share with their friends.

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  • Jackie

    Great play by play, sure wish I had a multi needle machine.

    • Denise Holguin

      Thank you Jackie! Yes, multi-needle machines are great – and who knows.. maybe down the road you’ll have one too! In the meantime, I’ll include my team of miniatures on single needle machines to entertain you and others. 🙂

  • Belinda Germain

    I use 3 pen holders on top of my screen to hold my threader, my tweezers and my Snag Nab It. Handy and I no longer have to search for them! I would post a photo, but not sure how.

    • Denise Holguin

      Hi Belinda,
      That’s a great idea and I’d love to see a photo. Send it to me– [email protected]
      Or post it on our Facebook page. 🙂


  • Karen Poole

    I LOVE this blog! What a cute IDE!! I love mystery stories and I love embroidery so this caught my attention right away!! I, like the first writer, would sure love to have a multi needle embroidery machine!! I have a red ally nice embroidery machine, I love it, I’m certainly not complaining about that! It would just be super fun to have the multi needle machine!

    • Denise Holguin

      I was beaming when I saw your comment! I’ll try to work in some more mystery stories for you– we are having a lot of fun putting these ‘little’ posts together.


  • Barbara Ann

    Multi-needle Monday blog is always informative – love it, and my multi-needle machine! Thanks.

  • Carolyn Rollberg

    Thanks for the cute narrative!!!

  • Chris

    I’ve had my machine for over three years and no one told me there even was a holder for the needle threader!! I’ve got to go find that spot, I can’t began to say how much time I’ve wasted in the past looking for that little tool.

  • Nancy

    I hope someday soon to get a multi-needle machine. As I wait, I enjoy learning about them. Great and FUN description here. Enjoyed it!
    Nancy in Grand Rapids

  • Joe

    Thank you again for helping learn more about my six needle machine. Now I know where to place this tool instead of always putting it away, now it’s within reach when I need it. Great tips!! Keep them coming.

  • Darlene Pino

    Denise, Thank you for your Multi-Needle Blog. It has given me the courage to make the leap. I just bought a 16 needle Melco. It arrived today. Thank you/

  • Rachel Price

    Denise, Like Chris above, I too was never told about the Threader Holder.! I’ll use it from now on! Love DIME. Magazine….and especially Love Eileen and Marie when they do their Stitching Sisters events. Hope to see them more in the Northeast. Thanks to both of them for the wonderful tips and ideas. And, Thank You for you your input on the Multi Needle Mondays. I Love my Enterprise!

  • vicki allen

    I have had my 10 needle for over two years. I always lose the needle threader and spend a lot of time looking for it. Now I find there is a special place on the machine which is meant to put it in. Very good information
    . Thanks for the tip.

  • mattie greene

    I have had my 6 needle baby lock for 2 yr. and only had it on to 1 time to see if came on . I read your blog all the time and print all the how to;s It looks at me and every day I look at it, with your blog I am getting more courage. I to never knew about the needle threader and guess what the hole is there, wow. Love Love your web site.

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