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Thread: hand quilting needles

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    Senior Member sonisew's Avatar
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    Is there a certain kind of needle I would need to purchase to hand quilt?

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    Not the side threading one's for sure.Connie in CO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    Not the side threading one's for sure.Connie in CO
    yes, i was very disappointed with those.

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    I'm on my third hand quilting project and thru trail n error I found the size 10 quilting betweens works best for me. More importantly get a good thimble your comfortable with cause ouch!!! Hope that helps

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    Yes, you want quilting betweens. The smaller the needle, the smaller the stitches you can make, but if you're just starting out you might feel more comfortable with a longer needle until you get the hang of things a bit.

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    different people find different needles work best for them- i use milners or straw needles (i like long needles) or a sharp= traditional hand quilters who have been at it a long time tend to use betweens (which are very very short)
    choose a size appropriate for the thread you are using- and the needle that is comfortable for you to work with. i know a wonderful hand quilter who uses applique needles- it's all a personal choice- i wouldn't buy a package of 50 of one needle just to find out you simply can not work with that needle.

    people do comment on how tiny my stitches are- and i always use long needles- they are what works for me

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    I use English 10 betweens. Tried others and they just don't cut it for me. I also wouldn't be without my trusty thimble with the concave end. I can either push the needle with the side or end of it. It doesn't have to be expensive, mine sure isn't.

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    I agree with the others who posted here. The betweens are recommended. I still have trouble getting the stitches small enough, and even enough. I also have trouble getting the stitches on the back even. I know I have to keep up with practicing, but there isn't enough time. So many projects and so little time.
    Sue

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    Thanks for all of your advice. I will give a few different needles a try and see how it works out.

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    The only thing I would add to what others have said is that all manufacturers of the same size/type needle are not the same. If you find you can't use one needle type made by one manufacturer - try the same type/size needle in a different brand. It does make a difference. And it's a personal preference. My personal preference is Roxanne's but that's just me. And your preference may change over time as well. Don't be afraid to continue to try different types/sizes/brands as you go along.

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