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Thread: machine quilt needle or not?

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    I am going to try machine quilting . I went to Joann's and bought a ton of needles, every size, shape, and color! I've read here on the board that many of you use a 14 needle for quilting. Must it be a 14 that is labeled "machine quilting" on the package, or just a regular 14? TIA

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    I use a regular one. I can't see and difference.

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    For a domestic machine, a regular needle has worked fine for me (just not a ball point). I use a 12, not a 14; the holes of the 14 are too big for me. Some machines might be touchy about needle size; mine is not. I think the needle size is more related to the thread you run through it. I use the same size needle (12) for both piecing and machine quilting.

    I could be wrong, but I think the domestic "quilting" needles are actually designed for piecing. They have a sharp point and some other minor modifications.

    It is the quilting frame setups that often recommend using a size 14 needle, I think. Because those machines do so many more stitches per minute than a domestic machine, the heavier needle holds up better to the higher speeds and also helps keep the thread from shredding.

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    Thanks everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I use a regular one. I can't see and difference.
    That used to be my opinion, but I just had a class that changed my mind. The instructor had us use a 70/10 Sharp. And BOY was there ever a difference in how it sewed. Ever since, I've use the finer needle in a Sharp.

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    awesome gaigai

    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I use a regular one. I can't see and difference.
    That used to be my opinion, but I just had a class that changed my mind. The instructor had us use a 70/10 Sharp. And BOY was there ever a difference in how it sewed. Ever since, I've use the finer needle in a Sharp.

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    I use a 14 unless I'm doing metalics, or rayon then I use a larger needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwiltkrazy
    I use a 14 unless I'm doing metalics, or rayon then I use a larger needle.
    WOW!! A 14 is HUGE!!

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    When I first started machine quilting with a regular sewing machine, I used a larger needle. This kept me from breaking so many. I began with an 18 Jeans, which was much stronger. As I got better, I went down. I learned this from Harriet Hargrave (sp?) and it sure helped with my frustration :) I broke many needles!

    I know 18 sounds huge...but many longarms use a 20. :) 18 is the most common size used. In my longarm, I use a 16 the majority of the time, which accomodates most threads I use. But if I want King Tut or another thicker thread, it requires at least an 18, or a 20. The larger the needle, the less needle flex - on any machine. It's the flexing that causes breaks, skipped stitches, etc.

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    I use a 65/9 for just about everything. I piece with it, quilt with it, make totebags with several layers of upholstery and vinyl fabrics, and to make the most delicate of silk clothing.

    I only chandge to a different size needle if the thread will not go through the tiny hole.

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