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Thread: how do you stipple?

  1. #71

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    I've been told a Smetz Universal needle works best did you use one?

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    Yes I have a Schmetz package in front of me now. I really think I need to know if I move my hand fast and machine speed slow or machine speed fast and hand slow. I really couldn't find the right combination. I finally stopped because I ran out of needles and had to go to town and buy more. I am rural. I am new to this forum and can't get your answer without leaving and coming back to this site. How do I get your response quicker? Thank you.

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    To get responses, just click refresh on your browser window; that should update to include any new responses.

    Sew faster than the speed you move your hands, & never "pull" your quilt under the needle. Also, make sure your needle is in the center position. One other thing... I highly recommend Sharps over Universal needles for quilting. Sharps go between the threads of the fabric whereas Universals tend to pierce the threads of the fabric, which can cut them.

    Hope this helps.

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    If your needles are breaking you are probably pushing the material to fast and the needle bends and then breaks. Also are your feed dogs down and pressor foot up.

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    Thank you for your responses. I will update you all on my progress. I will try the Sharps needles. I keep reading these messages from everyone and have enjoyed all the friendly chats between you. I had to jump in and ask a question. Thanks again.

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    Is 80 the right size of sharps needles for stippling?

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    That size should do just fine if you are using size 40, 50, or 60 thread. You could also use a 70 or 75 needle with the size 50 or 60 thread for smaller needle holes, but your quilting thread will be a little less visible. The visibility is a personal preference depending on your project.

    Clear as mud?

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    Excellently clear. Thank you. Were you able to see the downloadable photo of the quilt?

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    No. All I am getting is an AOL page, but the pictures are "X" out & I can't get them to open. I hate it. Maybe I'll be able to catch the next time. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandy Keating
    CARLA!!

    I agree with you wholeheartedly! I am terrified of messing up months of my patchwork, designing, etc. with messed-up quilting that I either:

    1. leave the quilt as a top
    2. do VERY basic hand-quilting (so I have a chance of finishing it some day
    3. tie the quilt (which makes some people feel the need to tell me that my finished product is not in fact a "real" quilt-- meanies!), or
    4. acutally mess it up trying to feed it through my machine!

    I would really love to try FMQ and other machine-quilting techniques, but I am so worried to mess something up, or have my Kenmore machine laughed at by the Pfaffers at my local quilt shop.

    *sigh* :shock:
    Mandy,

    Please, please, please: 1. Do not be afraid to try... Make a quilt sandwich with just plain muslin if you need to, but allow yourself the chance to at least try... It is a lot of fun; and 2. Do not be ashamed of your sewing machine or your sewing capabilities... I do not know of one single person born into this world with a Bernina under their arm, and not everyone owns one (including me). If we all owned one there would be no machines made by Kenmore, Brother, Singer, Elna, Viking, and so on and forth. Most people buy what they can, but "what you can" is a relative term, and not totally based on what you can financially afford. ("Can" includes- CAN find, CAN get this one with these features I want, CAN get this one because it is a super work horse, Can get this one because of portability, CAN get this one to fit in my sewing cabinet... Getting any of this?? :wink: ) If people are so shallow that they base their decisions about you based on your sewing machine name brand and age, they are SNOBS and do not deserve to have you waste your time on THEM! Now, no more shame in your game; it makes you doubt your skills and abilities and impedes your learning process. Be proud of yourself and accomplishments. A sewing machine is only a tool to help us reach our goal sooner. :D

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