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Thread: I don't suppose there's some way to straighten bent hand quilting needles...

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    Senior Member Kristin in ME's Avatar
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    I'm using John James 10s and am going right through them.

    Have a loose tension and am only doing a couple stitches at a time, but am going through a lot of seams so maybe that's my problem. I hate just throwing away all these needles! I'm going through them like one every day or two. :-/

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    Use a stronger needle, like a #9 or 8. Won't affect your stitch size.

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    No way to straighten them that I know of. You may want to do stab stitching when you get to a seam to make your needles last longer.

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    I have straightened needles with a tweezer and a small vise.

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    I've never heard of straightening them but maybe you should try a heavier size 9. Maybe they won't bend as easily. If it doesn't go all the way thru at some of the seams, it's not the end of the world. Where are those quilting police anyway?lol

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    I use them for hand sewing when they are bent, but have never found a way to straighten them.

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    i use my bent needles- it seems like they (fit my finger) better once it has a curve in it- but if it bugs you toss them- and perhaps either switch to a stronger needle- or a different brand.

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    I'm just learning to hand quilt and was told you can bend them slightly and carefully. I prefer a little curve to the needle when hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belmer
    I'm just learning to hand quilt and was told you can bend them slightly and carefully. I prefer a little curve to the needle when hand quilting.
    Oops I just realized you were asking how to straighten, Not how to bend... Sorry!:oops: :oops: :oops:

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    If hubby does not have a vise, grip one end in a pair of pliers & then use a 2nd pair of pliers to straighten the needle.

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