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Thread: hand-quilting. bent needles?

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    Junior Member Cheshire Cat's Avatar
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    What am I doing wrong. What kind of needle do I need? My needles bend.

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    They're supposed to bend. If they don't bend they snap and that's way worse.

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    They do bend, but if it seems excessive to you, trying hooping it looser(I'm assuming you are using some type of hoop or frame).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    They're supposed to bend. If they don't bend they snap and that's way worse.
    I don't agree. I rarely bend needles when handquilting and when I do it is only after hours and hours of usage and many I have not bent so I really don't think they are supposed to bend. I used to bend all the time and outright break them. I attributed to the following:

    1. Cheap quality needles
    2. Quilt sandwich too tight in the lap hoop


    Try loosening up your tension a bit if you are using a lap hoop. If you are using a floor frame, try switching needle brands. I sear by Roxanne needles. I use a size 11 between.

    Many here swear by John James brand. I have not tried those.

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    Junior Member Cheshire Cat's Avatar
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    I have it on a quilt frame, maybe a little tight.

    They bend and don't unbend so it isn't just flexing.

    I think I need to go buy some better needles then.

    Thanks for your help.

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    I took particular notice this time while I am hand quilting a throw since there was another thread about bending needles on here not that long ago. My needle did NOT bend while I was doing straight line stitching. But when I started quilting circles, I tried to continue getting as many stitches on the needle, and I ended up with a bent needle. Now I know two things -a bent needle doesn't like to stitch straight lines anymore, and not try to get the same number of stitches on a needle when doing curvy work.

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    You can have a look here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-94621-1.htm

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    ah ha! Yes, I'm doing hearts.

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