Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Needle sizes?

  1. #1
    Senior Member cizzors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    570
    I use a 14 for piecing but when it comes to the quilting and binding (with walking foot) I was told to use a 16. My thinking is usually backwards but after my last quilt using a 16, I had to ask.

    I alternated between 2 colors on my binding so every 5" when I'd hit a seam my machine would 'scream at me-kinda like the needle was hitting a solid surface. The needle would go through but not without a fight.

    So, what size needle? Thanks.

  2. #2
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,108
    Blog Entries
    1
    I use much smaller needles for piecing and the binding, an 80/11, quilting maybe a 90/14.
    If you cut your binding seams on a 45 degree angle when you sew them together it will cut way down on the bulk and will be easier to sew through.

  3. #3
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    15,616
    I use a 70, 75, or 80 for piecing. Probably an 80 or 90 for the binding.

    The only time I would use a 16 would be for Canvas or Denim.

    A needle that is bent, dull, or has a "hook" on it will also act up.

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    15,616
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I use much smaller needles for piecing and the binding, an 80/11, quilting maybe a 90/14.
    If you cut your binding seams on a 45 degree angle when you sew them together it will cut way down on the bulk and will be easier to sew through.
    Also very good advice -

  5. #5
    Super Member Quilt Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Headed home
    Posts
    2,416
    Another thing I learned the hard way was to change the needle at least every week, especially if you sew a lot. Some experts recommend a new needle every 8 sewing hours. This will keep you sewing with a sharper needle, and less trouble. :)

  6. #6
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    6,876
    Blog Entries
    3
    don't forget to consider the weight of your thread when choosing a needle size. if you're using thread made especially for quilting or for topstitching you may need a size 90/14 or 100/16 needle.

  7. #7
    Senior Member quiltingbee12's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts
    668
    Thank you for the tips, I had that problem with quilting one of my quilts, the needle would not go down very easily, even though I used a 100/16 needle!
    It might've been the backing, I used a sheet..

  8. #8
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    15,616
    I usually use Coat's and Clark double duty (the cotton and polyester one - gasp) and the smallest (finest/thinnest) needle I can that won't break when I sew.

    I just checked my 10 year old couch quilts - there is no problem along the stitching lines from using that thread - the bindings are starting to fray a bit from use, but other than that, looking good.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.