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Thread: Type of Sewing machine needle

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    Type of Sewing machine needle

    I have been asked to sew some articles using the indoor/outdoor material.
    I'm going to have to line it with cotton as its translucent.
    I believe its basically woven plastic.
    Anyone have some advise which type of needle to use?
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    Are you talking about shade cloth? Because I need to make some "curtains" of a sort out of that, and was also wondering what needle to use, and what kind of thread. Polyester, I'm sure, but regular or a heavyweight? Eagerly awaiting info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryKatherine View Post
    I have been asked to sew some articles using the indoor/outdoor material.
    I'm going to have to line it with cotton as its translucent.
    I believe its basically woven plastic.
    Anyone have some advise which type of needle to use?
    In "Quilts and More", fall 2010, was an article on sewing tote bags out of pet food bags. That article called for a size 75/11 sewing machine needle, using clothespins or tape instead of straight pins. No mention of thread, but I'd use the UV resistant, Coats & Clark outdoor thread from WalMart. The Sailrite site has excellent tutorials, videos, etc. on sewing outdoor fabric, even sells the fabric.

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    When I have sewn heavy outdoor fabric, I used with a jean needle size 16.
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    Jeans or leather needle and they have thread for outdoor material, it holds up better.

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    You should be able to use a 16 or an 18 size needle. If your thread is too big for the hole it will shread.
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