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Thread: Best needle for machine quilting?

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    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
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    Best needle for machine quilting?

    I am quilting on my mechanical Singer machine. Since I FMQ all my quilts I go through needles pretty fast. I was quilting last night and 14/90 broke. I finished my quilt with whatever needle i had left. Which type of needle do you recommend as the best for Fmq on DSM?
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    I always use an 80/12 when quilting. I also use a DSM for my FMQ.

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    I use machine needles that say on the pkg. for machine quilting. Never paid attention to the size, sorry.

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    i like the 14/90 but have used a jeans needle in a pinch. mostly, the reason is that the eye is larger for me to be able to thread it
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    Quote Originally Posted by busy fingers View Post
    I always use an 80/12 when quilting. I also use a DSM for my FMQ.
    That's what I always use, too. I also switch to the single hold needle plate which prevented "eyelashes" on the backing.
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    LOL, one of these days we will only be using abreveations for everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by busy fingers View Post
    I always use an 80/12 when quilting. I also use a DSM for my FMQ.
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    I use a topstitch needle and usually use a size 90/14.

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    Well I guess I'm the odd one out. I have a DSM with a 9" throat on a frame. It stitches 1500 stitches per minute. I use either a 16 or 18 for quilting.

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    I usually use an 80/12 when machine quilting...but it will depend on the thread I am sewing with. For cottons, I use a quilting needle. For metallics, a Metallica needle. For invisible thread, I use a size 10 quilting needle. For heavier threads I use a jeans needle size 14. Usually the best way to decide on your needle is to let the thread determine that.

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    I think the best needle is what works for you. It also depends on the thread you're using.
    I use Schmetz Quilting 90/14 for both piecing and quilting with Connecting Threads.
    Last edited by EasyPeezy; 10-09-2012 at 04:16 PM.

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