How to sharpen a needle

by ellen on May 12, 2009

Do you have a needle that has become dull? Don’t throw it away! Sharpen it with this quick and easy tip instead.

You can sharpen a needle simply by using it to sew through a piece of fine grit sand paper. A few inches should do the trick, although if the needle has become very dull, you might have to keep at it for a little longer.

Do this regularly – every few months if you do a lot of sewing – and you’ll be able to keep them sharp for years to come.

This sharpening tip will work equally well for both sewing machine needles and regular needles. Just don’t overdo it with sewing machine needles, you don’t want to grind them completely away ;-D

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Francine Johnson McGee September 7, 2015 at 16:47

NEVER attempt to sharpen an re-use ANY injection needle, like an insulin needle. There is NO WAY for a consumer to clean these needles, and there are some HORRIBLE diseases you can get from re-using injection needles. They are also very cheap now.

If you are having trouble buying your insulin needles, talk to your doctor. There are many programs to help you obtain them at little or no cost.

Even if you aren’t using them for a “legal” purpose, most cities have needle exchange programs, and while most pharmacies won’t sell 10 packs of needles, many will sell boxes of 100. Please always consider new unused, clean needles as just part of what you HAVE to have to inject whatever you inject.

I am both a nurse, former pharmacy technician, and mother, who had seen more permanent damage from dirty needles than from drug overdoses. I almost lost my son because he was reusing needles while sitting on the floor within 10 feet of a cat litter box.The germs from the cat were in the AIR and managed to get into his blood stream. MRSA lives on the skin of many people, and it can KILL you if it gets inside. I haven’t even went into the debilitating chronic diseases you can get re-using needles. Diseases that eventually will kill you in a slow, painful way.

It’s one thing to sharpen a sewing machine needle, but please never an injection needle.

thomas January 3, 2013 at 20:25

@Cynthia: Sorry, I don’t know. What I do know, though, is that I wouldn’t take any chances with anything I was going to pierce my skin with – I wouldn’t reuse insulin needles outside whatever the doctor says is safe.

Cynthia January 3, 2013 at 00:08

Will this work for insulin needes?

Daria May 12, 2009 at 11:50

This also helps keeping the needles sharp: When putting your needles away, stick them in a small bag filled with fine sand.

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