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Thread: What size needle do all you hand quilters use?

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    I think Borntohandquilt is referring to the ThimbleLady needles. I've used hers and like them but I find they do bend a bit easier than the Roxanne's I prefer. I usually use either a #11 or #12, depends on which is handy at the moment and what kind of fabric/thread I'm working with. I also use a ThimbleLady stainless steel thimble. They are cone shaped and have very deep dimples. The quilt I'm working on right now is primarily batiks on front and batik backing. #12's just weren't making it through that!

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    I use a size 11 - they're as short as 12s, but as thick as 10s. I have some size 12 needles that bend when I take them out of the package. I also like to try different brands, just in case I find something better.

    Janet

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    I like Roxanne's needles as the eyes are bigger so they are easier to thread. Have used 11 betweens in the past but seemed to have misplaced them so picked up so 10s. Used one of those last night at quilt bee and it worked pretty well.

    mltquilt

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    I use Clover's betweens size 10, very sharp and they don't bend.

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    I bought a sampler pack of fox glove beteens. I started using the #9, which I really liked and was able to get good control of my stitches, but then I lost it! I then used the #10 between, which gives me even better stitces, but the eye is so much smaller it is hard for me to put the thread through. I might try Roxanne's #10 since I hear they have a larger eye, which is what I need.
    The moral of all this, is to use one that suits you. On the sample pack of fox glove it says to use the needle that you are most comfrotable with, that gives you good control of the needle and that is easy for you to thread.
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    I use 10s and I too have trouble with needle bending, but I have found that it has a lot to do with the fabic that I'm quilt. I still looking for the "just right" one. so I just keep getting differt brands. and may be some day i will find the just right one for me. but if I do they will be taken out the store before long.
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    Normally a 12!
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    I had to go check... John James large eye quilting needles, size 11.
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    I usually use John James 11's and 12's. It depends on the fabric and the batting to me. I like tiny little stitches but I like consistancy better. I usually save the tiny stitching for wall hangings and "arty" type projects. For utility quilts, I don't mind a little larger stitch. I'm also interested in trying "big stitch" quilting using Perle Cotton. Looks like it might be fun.
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    I will only use Piecemakers size 10 needles. I hardly ever have one bend or break. I don't throw away until they are really dull!!

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