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Thread: I'm having trouble handpiecing a tablerunner.

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    Super Member Carol W's Avatar
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    This is my first handpieced handquilted project.

    I'm having a hard time with the needle. It's very hard to move through the fabric.

    I know that people who hand quilt use betweens. I've tried switching needles, but I'm still having a very hard time. The needle doesn't seem to glide through the fabric.



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    What size needle are you using? I do most of my piecing by hand, and I have found that the finer and shorter the needle the easier it is to stitch and the faster it goes..also the smaller my stitches are. I use a #12 quilters between for all of my quilting and piecing. Even then you get some difference in thickness of needle and "slickness" yep some needles seem to drag a bit going through the fabric.. And I'm always trying new needles. The latest and one of the best I've found are Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage
    Betweens/Quilting size 12.

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    Thank you Tippy.

    Where would I find that brand of needle?

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    Can you post a pic of it? What kind of batting are you suing?

    Ninnie

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    I haven't even gotten to the batting yet. I'm still just piecing the tablerunner.

    It's a little frustrating that the needle doesn't slide easily through the fabric.


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    For piecing, you may find it easier to use a longer needle, I do... I also find it easier to quilt with a longer needle.

    Make sure you're using something nice and sharp and thin, too.

    I've used applique sharps and milliner's needles.


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    I have quite a few needles. I'll have to get them all out and look at them again.

    Thanks all!!! :)

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    I got my needles at the local quilt shop.. Roosters in Maryville, tn. Here's a link to her site. http://www.jeanakimballquilter.com/

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    Is your fabric cotton?

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    Ninnie - you beat me too it - I was going to ask about the fabric!

    I hand piece with an appliqué needle too BTW.

    K x

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