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Author Topic: a question of needles  (Read 2354 times)

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a question of needles
« on: October 14, 2015, 08:23:09 PM »
I'm usually in front of a sewing machine, not hand piecing. BUT, a few years ago I started hand piecing some 2 in squares when I got stuck in Tn because of storms.  I recently picked it back up. I'm having trouble picking the right needle. I've tried milliners, and they glide right threw, but the eye is so tiny, it's almost impossible to thread. Sharps are easy to thread, but the shaft is to fat to load the needle properly.  I need something that glides threw the fabric & is easy to thread or I'll never finish this project.
The fabrics are a mix of old & new. The older fabrics are a bit stiff, and that's part of my problem. The original squares were from a scrap bag, the ones I cut are from a mixed bag of charm squares I bought, also somewhat older, but not as stiff.  Could that be my problem?
I'm trying to use up bits and pieces, and not throw it away. And I figure one hand pieced quilt should be in my growing collection of quilts :).
Tn girl, just trying to get home

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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2015, 08:39:56 PM »
I use betweens for hand stitching.
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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2015, 06:27:04 AM »
If just hand sewing, why not use a sharp? You could even try, applique or embroidery needles. 

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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2015, 09:46:11 AM »
Invest the $12.00 to $15.00 for a needle threader! Best investment ever! It will thread any size needle.
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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2015, 10:01:39 AM »
I use Roxanne 11 betweens for hand piecing and hand quilting.  I find they break less. 12'a are just too fragile for me, and hard to thread.  Sometimes I will use an applique needle, again I find Roxanne needles to my liking.

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Re: an answer to your question of needles
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2015, 08:07:46 PM »
Good Afternoon,  Clover makes a needle called "Black Gold Needles" which are available in a variety of sizes.  They are specially polished with Black Plating - Titanium and are black to look at- with a gold color at the end where the eye of the needle is located.

 These needles need to have you run your finger up and down once, to revive the memory in the needle and will not break as easily as other regular needles, due to this memory factor.  The needle pierces smoothly through fabric and causes less stress on those fingers suffering from arthritis and other inflictions.  They are usually sold 6 in a package.   I have seen them in sizes 9, 10, 11 and twelve.  They are a little more expensive, however well worth the value you get.

Needles are stamped 2 at a time, with thousands in a row.  Needle Eyes have a rough side "The wrong side" and a "Right Side", when they are made they are punched, and the up side is therefore the "Right" side and the bottom is the "Wrong Side".

When you are trying to put thread into the eye of a needle, do the following: 

 first trim off the end of the thread you are working with, then attempt to put this thread into the eye = if it doesn't thread easily, you are probably trying to thread the "wrong side".   Turn the needle eye over to the "Right side" and you will find it is much easier to thread than the wrong side.

I found this information thru watching a video on needle making, when I was taking a  sewing machine class and it has helped me immensely.....just in case you are interested - I hope this will assist someone else as well.

Have a great weekend
Happy Stitching!!
DonnaJean

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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2015, 08:21:40 PM »
Thank You Ladies.  I will find a needle that works for me. The one I couldn't thread has a tiny, tiny eye. And my aging eyes protest at something so tiny. It's tiny enough that a wire needle threader won't go threw. Sewc I tried sharps, they didn't glide threw the fabric very well. Remember this is not new fabric, it has some age to it, just not sure how much. It's a bit stiff to begin with. I'm sure it will soften up after I wash it, but I have to finish the project before I can wash it!
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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2015, 11:25:09 AM »
I'm so bad. I am a hand quilter but use regular needles that are thinner and don't leave holes. Those "betweens" and others are made for someone with tiny fingers. IMHO
I love reading what everyone else can use though.

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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2015, 06:47:04 AM »
What about John James Gold n Glide?  All different styles are made and I've hand quilted batiks with them.  They go through fabric like butter, so maybe it'll work for you.

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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2015, 08:55:33 PM »
Ladies I have a great hint on threading a needle - either hand or sewing machine, works every time.  Just moisten the needle then stick the thread through.  We have always been inclined to wet the thread but try it the other way for a neat trick!!
Happy threading,

Beth

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Re: a question of needles
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2015, 11:48:24 PM »
Donna, very valuable Information, thank-you. Beth I just learned your tip a couple years ago, boy what a difference that makes. As far as needles, yes experiment unless you find one or several that you get the results you are happy with.
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