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Thread: Topstitching???

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    Senior Member batikmystique's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Top stitching is often done in purse and clothing assembly. It is stitching that purposely shows on the surface of the article/garment so the stitching should look its best. Not much difference between a quilting needle and a topstitch needle.

    Basically they are both super sharp needles as opposed to a universal which has a blunter point. The topstitch as an enlarged eye and groove to accomodate larger threads traditionally used in topstitching which is usually going through several layers.

    The quilting needles apparently do not have the enlarged groove and eye. This is most likely why so many recommend a top stitch because it can accomodate heavier threads.

    Thank you for this answer. I must say I was stumped with this also. I usually use sharps for piecing and quilting, and use standard size thread, so I never really was aware of top stitching needles. I've never made any quilts which would require thicker thread either, but I could see how this would be beneficial for those who use flannel or thicker fabrics in making their quilts or are adding some kind of special embellishment.
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    I use titanium coated topstitch needles for all my piecing and machine quilting. 70 or 80 size for piecing when using thin thread, 90 when using 3 ply or 50 wt or heavier thread. And they all come in the green package, never thought about the color package before. I order them from Superior when they have a sale. They last a very long time.
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    The definition of topstitching is "Make a row of continuous stitches on the top or right side of a garment or other article as a decorative feature". The seams on jeans are topstitched for example. When related to quilting, it is basically the same as echo or shadow quilting.
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    I don't think Topstitch needles are the same as doing topstitching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I don't think Topstitch needles are the same as doing topstitching.
    One of the questions asked by the OP was : "Also.....exactly what is the difference between topstitching and just regular sewing seams on a quilt?"

    The original purpose of topstitch needles was (and still is) for topstitching; they had nothing to do with quilting. The larger eye, longer groove and sharper point were made to accomodate the heavier topstitch threads used for garments (they also work well with perle cotton #8, #12 and #16 on quilts).
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