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Thread: Needle help!

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    Needle help!

    I had a chat with my Brother phone rep and he advised me to use a size 14 needle. Of course I started sewing with it and it keeps coming out. I'm appliquéing cotton onto cotton. It is my only size 14 needle. The only needles I have are 70/10. What size do I need? I am fine buying new ones, but don't want to get the wrong ones! Help!!!
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    It all depends on the thread you are using. 50wt 3ply, 40wt, thread usually take a 90/14 needle. If the thread is 50wt 2 ply or 60wt you need a size 80 and over 60wt you may have to go to a size 70. There are several sizes of 90 needles. I use topstitch needles for all my piecing and machine quilting.

    This probably won't apply to you but once I was so frustrated that my needle kept coming unthreaded no matter what I did. I was threading it right to left instead of left to right. LOL.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 07-26-2012 at 11:12 AM.
    Got fabric?

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    Thank you!! I called the rep because my thread kept getting hung up and as soon as he's on the phone I figured out it was getting got in the little notch on the spool!! I'm glad he couldn't see my embarrassment! Haha! Thanks again for the info!!
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    Glad you found the problem! Do you have a spool cap? That will stop the notch problem. What brand of thread has the notched spool? I thought that was long gone from thread spools by now. I wouldn't buy thread on a notched spool any more. LOL
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    I have thread spools with a notch in them. Both my new machines have caps and that solves the problem. I use alot of coats and clark thread. I know most people would toss it, not me I want to use it up.
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    I use /10/60 sharp if I am doing monofilament, my 50wt gutterman I use my 11/75 to piece. The rayons I think I used a 14/90 sharp. If thread is breaking your needles are too small. I have a brother and don't have a problem with needles coming out. Are you tightening the bolt down enough by hand. Your machine should be able to use all size sewing needles. I have used 10-16 with no problem. I think smetz sells a chart for a couple bucks that explains needle/thread sizes

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    Thanks for your help! I think my needle was getting stuck in thread underneath that pulled it out. When looking at the appliqué it seems as if there was a spot that probably got stuck in the feed dogs. Working great now. I finished all my appliqué and now on to FMQ!
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