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!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 25

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

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    proctor,wv
    Posts
    904

    What size needle do all you hand quilters use?

    What size works the best for our quilting experts? I've always thought it was easier to make smaller stitches with a smaller needle, but sometimes I have trouble with needles bending.

  2. #2
    Super Member earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    8,934
    I am not an expert....merely a persistent plodder. I use a size 12 and yes over time my needles bend, but I don't think that is unusual. I do try and buy the best available.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    mcalester ok
    Posts
    433
    I use a size 10. The brands are not all alike. I bought a different brand size 10 and it was bigger than I normally use. Try several sizes and brands till you find the one that you like.
    Linda

  4. #4
    Super Member Grandma58's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    montana
    Posts
    1,428
    I use to use millners needles, the finest possible like a size 8 or 10. When I couldn't find them anymore I used a size 8 of whatever brand I could find. I liked German needles the best. I never found one that did not bend. My personal theory is the heat from our hands bends them.

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    dallas tx.
    Posts
    3,468
    Blog Entries
    2
    I use a 12. Sometimes they do bend because they are so small and thin. Just get another new one and keep going.ha. You can get smaller stitches. I also keep a loose quilt too.

  6. #6
    Super Member cwessel47's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Windham, Maine
    Posts
    1,264
    I generally use a size 10. I am not looking to get the tiniest stitches ever. I am looking to get the project done! My stitches are nice and even and that is really what counts unless you are looking to win prizes. For something very special - a smaller size needle ( say a 12) will result in smaller stitches once you get the hang of it.

  7. #7
    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    5,305
    tried to reply and the site keeps crashing. Wow, so that finally went through.

    Just like with anything and everything else, use what you are comfortable with and what works for you.
    Mom used a short sharp. She had dainty fingers. My old washer-woman fingers can't even hold onto a short needle.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

  8. #8
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,017
    I use a #9 It fits my fingers nicely.
    I start my students in hand quilting with a #8 then recommend getting smaller as they gain confidence and skill. until they find the one that works best.

  9. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    virginia
    Posts
    157
    I use golden eye coated needles. I buy a pack and use each until they bend too much or break from straightening them. I have used a small pair of needle nose pliers to hold the needle sometimes and a spoon underneath. My hands don't work very well sometimes and I'm tooo pigheaded to stop.
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    4,345
    I use the shortest needles, a #11, but not the thinnest one. Some brands offer a very thin #12 and this is not sturdy enough for my hands.

    A few years ago I learned that the right needle's size also depends on the method you use. On a fair I had the opportunity to watch a lady from Australia demonstrating hand quilting and she used very long and thin appliqué needles! The result was breathtaking....

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

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.