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Thread: ??? for all of you expierenced sewers.

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    Junior Member Quilting G's Avatar
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    I am new to sewing and I have a stupid question. Ok maybe not stupid just simple.
    I do not know what type of needles to buy and or use. I have some with different colored base (non business end) and some with different colored dots on the throat of the needle. I bought a package of quilting needles, will these be good for piecing and the occasional sewing repair.

    Thanks for your help.
    G


    edit- sorry machine needles.

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    Super Member Janstar's Avatar
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    Are you talking about macine needles or hand quilting needles?

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    I usually use a size 11 for general piecing. If doing machine applique, I use anywhere from an 11 to a 14 depending on how much thickness I have. If I'm using rayon or glittery type threads for machine quilting, I will use a size 9.
    Some machines do better with their brand of needles, but my Husquvarna works great with just a universal needle. Hope this helps!

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    Don't worry about inexperience. I just started using a machine to piece and the needle thats working the best for me is size 11.

    We love questions! Don't be afraid, just jump in! You'll be doing well very soon.

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    Junior Member Quilting G's Avatar
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    Thanks PatriceJ. Girl you rule...

    Thanks everyone else for your response.

    Regards from the sunny but frozen south.

    G

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    Patrice ~ Great article for referencing needles. Thanks

    QUESTION: Has anyone used that "spring" type needle for free motion quilting?

    I've never even heard of such a thing? I was wondering how well it works? Does it make free motion any easier? Does it improve the quality of the quilting?

    I'm interested in any input. Nita

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