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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I Can't Open Schmetz Needles


I pull and pull, push and push, squeeze and squeeze, and I can almost NEVER get these things opened!

Is there some trick? I know the nails make it a bit more difficult, but I can hand quilt with these nails, so I certainly should be able to open a box of needles!

Here is what I always have to resort to:

breaking the plastic with a screwdriver. The needles fly all over the place!

Surely there is a better way. Please, if you know, enlighten me! I am about to stop buying these just because I can't get them opened. I think they need to redesign the case.

3/3/10 5:00 a.m. Update: Thank you all for your help. I had no luck until I read Cathy's comment. THANK YOU, Cathy. Even at 5:00 a.m. it worked on my first try!

Here are Cathy's detailed directions in case anyone else is struggling like I was:

OK, on your new package of needles.
1. Turn it sideways so the "Z" in Schmetz is pointing at your belly button.
2. Lick your thumb and index finger of your right hand(unless you have naturally moist hands, or your left if you are left handed).
3. Put your thumb on the clear plastic just about 1/4" above "Schmetz.
4. Put your index finger on the back and slide it up until you feel the slight ridge at the top. Your finger pad should be about divided in half at the top edge of the white plastic.
5. With your other hand hold only the edges of the clear plastic cover lightly at the base (near the numbers).
6. Pull your index finger towards your palm while pushing your thumb out. Kind of like when you feel the texture of fabric or something between your fingers. This will take some pressure, but not much or you will mash the two pieces together and they won't pop apart.
7. It actually "pops". Once you have popped it open, you can bend the top piece back to get better access to the needles.

I use a sharpie marker to color the flat side of the needle when I pull an old one out of the machine. I put them dull ones back in the holder to keep them from poking about in the trash, just in case I drop something in there I have to go fishing for later.

Good luck! Let me know if that doesn't work and I'll figure out how to take some pics for you!

March 2, 2010 9:15 PM

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try breaking it open inside a clear plastic bag. Should minimize the scattering of needles.

Anonymous said...

the back white plastic, pulls back from the top and bends away from the needles. See the crease behind the needles going horizontally in the white plastic? Think of that as a hinge. Now put your finger on the top of only the white part and pull back so it hinges open. It is easy. Really

Zoey said...

Anon #1, the plastic bag is a good idea!

Anon #2, I just went and got a package and read your directions slowly...twice....the thing still does not budge! It must be like paper piecing...so many people can't get it and then someone shows them how and it's easy. Maybe tomorrow I will see if You Tube has a video...you never know, they have videos of some strange things! Thanks so much for taking the time to help me!

SewCalGal said...

Think of them as a box of fine chocolate! The back side has a slight tab on one end that allows it to bend backwards. Good luck!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

OK, on your new package of needles.
1. Turn it sideways so the "Z" in Schmetz is pointing at your belly button.
2. Lick your thumb and index finger of your right hand(unless you have naturally moist hands, or your left if you are left handed).
3. Put your thumb on the clear plastic just about 1/4" above "Schmetz.
4. Put your index finger on the back and slide it up until you feel the slight ridge at the top. Your finger pad should be about divided in half at the top edge of the white plastic.
5. With your other hand hold only the edges of the clear plastic cover lightly at the base (near the numbers).
6. Pull your index finger towards your palm while pushing your thumb out. Kind of like when you feel the texture of fabric or something between your fingers. This will take some pressure, but not much or you will mash the two pieces together and they won't pop apart.
7. It actually "pops". Once you have popped it open, you can bend the top piece back to get better access to the needles.

I use a sharpie marker to color the flat side of the needle when I pull an old one out of the machine. I put them dull ones back in the holder to keep them from poking about in the trash, just in case I drop something in there I have to go fishing for later.

Good luck! Let me know if that doesn't work and I'll figure out how to take some pics for you!

Cathy said...

Oh, if you are left handed, you will need to turn the package so the "S" faces your bellybutton. Sorry for messing up the lefties!

Chris said...

I just took a class called Needle Know-How last night. The instructor opened those cases with ease - which amazed me because I never can! I should have asked her how the heck she does that! :0)

Anonymous said...

www.schmetzneedles.com has a page devoted to this subject. Click on the following link:

http://www.schmetzneedles.com/openingneedles.html

Hope this helps.

Paul

Anonymous said...

wow thankyou so much for your schmetz needle explanation- i once had to pry open a pack of the over locking needles with my fingers and the pack ended up looking exactly like your photograph! i can't believe how hard they have made them to open it's ridiculous!! i have just smoothly opened a new pack of domestic sewing needles- very happy!!

Karen said...

This is an old post but I had this problem today and googled "how to get the needles out of a schmetz package" and found your VERY helpful post.
Thank you!!! :)

Sheila Bennett said...

thank you so much, this helped much more than the schmetz site!

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Melanie Clark said...

Lol it's just not me! I was worried! Thank you for your help!

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