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My book says 11 or 14 needle can I use 12

My book says 11 or 14 but I picked up size 12 will they work?

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The sewing machine needle depends on the fabric being sewed, if your book say 11 or 14 ,then go with what the book says.

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NEW NEEDLE.
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MAKE SURE INSERTED IS TOTALLY INSERTED.
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The most common reason I see for bobbin thread not being picked up is that the needle is in backwards. Or the needle is a little bent (sometimes it's so little you can't see it, but the machine knows!). So start by trying a new needle (size 80/12 is what's used for test sewing on most machines). If that doesn't work, turn the needle 180 degrees and try again -- there is a definite front and back to a sewing machine needle.

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