melody, your needle will work just fine bent. it's when the outside layer starts to wear off and the needle begins to drag, that i replace them. ok, fess up time. that's what i think i do. i normally replace them because they are hiding and lurking in the carpet looking for someone's foot. i can't believe how many needles i lose.
gini in north idaho
along with in the crack of the hardwoods, I loose a ton of them in the pin cushion. Go figure. I think if they are not threaded the cat pushes them in. Or the good sewing fairy is being my conscious and replacing them as needed! LOL
i caught my daughter's cat doing gravitational experiment s with mine. Dropping them out from the pin cushion with her mouth. I had to hide the cushion.
Gini, I'm forever sticking my needle somewhere and losing it like the arm of myf favorite chair. I find its a great way to keep people out of my spot. But it doesn't work on fur babies.
See Country Cottages Block 1 for our discussion on Block 1.