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Thread: Hand quilting ???

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    Senior Member dahlshouse's Avatar
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    I have not tried to do this before.. have some arthritis.. but have a panel in center of my quilt that I would like to outline the animals... should I try hand quilting them.. if so what tips or ideas would you suggest.. I have a large hoop on a stand found at a garage sale.. but when I tried last night I was having problems.. used quilting needles and King Tut thread.. or should I use embroidery thread and a different needle... Would love your help...

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    I have hand issues too. I use Coats and clarks hand quilting thread. Roxanne's 11 betweens needle. I have my quilt somewhat loose in the hoop and take 1 stitch at a time. Find out what works best for you:) Go for it!!

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    There is a "thimble" that looks like a small paddle. You hold it in your hand and not on your finger. I am told this works for those who have difficulty quilting the "traditional" way. I'm not sure what it is called but was developed by a quilter in North Carolina.

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    you didn't describe the problems you were having than your arthritis. If using King Tut thread, then I would be sure and use bees wax or some other substance to keep the thread from twisting. I use "Tacky Finger" found in the office suppy stores. Other products but it is finger moistioner. I found this works better than anything else to keep thread from tangling.

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    When I started hand stitching hearts, I thought I couldn't use a hoop, but after a friends encouragement, I tried again. It took a little while to get used to, but the one stitch at a time is how, and it will get easier as you go. I have arthritis in my right thumb too. I use Coats & Clark hand quilting thread.

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    If it is a panel you might try quilting from the center out and NOT using a hoop. I did that the first time I tried handquilting and never looked at another hoop or frame! I use the same quilting thread and needles you mentioned also. Relax with it and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    There is a "thimble" that looks like a small paddle. You hold it in your hand and not on your finger. I am told this works for those who have difficulty quilting the "traditional" way. I'm not sure what it is called but was developed by a quilter in North Carolina.
    This is the paddle thimble.
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    Since just starting out, I'd use a size 10 between. When quilting with a hoop make sure you have at least a fist (up from the bottom) of give in the top or you'll have great difficulties needling. It'll be wayyyyy to tight and make your life very difficult. Since you're just starting out, why not try the Aunt Becky or a quilting spoon? I've been having difficulties with my right arm lately and I'm going to try this new way as you don't move your right hand, you use your left for feeding the material on the needle.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...9466527029261#

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Since just starting out, I'd use a size 10 between. When quilting with a hoop make sure you have at least a fist (up from the bottom) of give in the top or you'll have great difficulties needling. It'll be wayyyyy to tight and make your life very difficult. Since you're just starting out, why not try the Aunt Becky or a quilting spoon? I've been having difficulties with my right arm lately and I'm going to try this new way as you don't move your right hand, you use your left for feeding the material on the needle.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...9466527029261#
    I am really so computer illiterate. I went to this website, but can't figure out what to click on to watch the video. Help!!

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    Thanks, it helps to see a video .. I learn better when I can see something done as apposed to reading it.. I will have to track down one of the Aunt Becky things.. and thanks to all for the information... it is helpful..
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Since just starting out, I'd use a size 10 between. When quilting with a hoop make sure you have at least a fist (up from the bottom) of give in the top or you'll have great difficulties needling. It'll be wayyyyy to tight and make your life very difficult. Since you're just starting out, why not try the Aunt Becky or a quilting spoon? I've been having difficulties with my right arm lately and I'm going to try this new way as you don't move your right hand, you use your left for feeding the material on the needle.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...9466527029261#

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