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Thread: Needed: Sewing machine needle advice

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    Senior Member stitchengramie's Avatar
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    Needed: Sewing machine needle advice

    I need to change the needle in my sewing machine and all I have are 90/14 for machine quilting. I normally use 80/12 for piecing. I was wondering if I could use the 90/14 sizes for piecing?

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    Give it a try and see how it looks to you.
    I normally use a size 11 needle.

    Size 14 and larger if I'm hemming jeans, etc.

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    Most of the time I've got 90/14 in mine. I haven't had any problems with it.

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    Of course you can!

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    I keep the same needle in my machine for piecing and quilting. there may be larger holes from the 90/14, but those holes disappear when the item is washed. i don't use batiks, though, so that might make a difference.
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    Oh my goodness! I'm fairly new to quilting and before that a very infrequent machine stitcher. I've been using 90/14's for everything...piecing, quilting, clothing alterations...how do you determine what size needle you should be using for various projects/fabrics? I know there are no police, but I'd like to know what the general needle guidelines are. Can you help, please? (of course you can...this board helps with EVERYTHING!)

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    The weight and ply of your thread determines the needle size. It took me a long time to understand needle and thread sizes do make a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The weight and ply of your thread determines the needle size. It took me a long time to understand needle and thread sizes do make a difference.
    I use all purpose thread mostly and 100% cotton fabric...but some fabric has a looser weave than others. I don't even know what the numbers of the needle sizes mean. I think the machine came with 90/14 so that's what I always buy.

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    I use a size 10. An older quilter told me once a 14 leaves to big of a hole for piecing.

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    Using a needle incompatible with your thread can cause sewing issues. I keep a supply of all needle sizes so they are "free" when I need to change the needles.

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