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??? for all of you expierenced sewers.

Old 01-22-2009, 07:32 PM
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I am new to sewing and I have a stupid question. Ok maybe not stupid just simple.
I do not know what type of needles to buy and or use. I have some with different colored base (non business end) and some with different colored dots on the throat of the needle. I bought a package of quilting needles, will these be good for piecing and the occasional sewing repair.

Thanks for your help.

edit- sorry machine needles.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:38 PM
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Are you talking about macine needles or hand quilting needles?
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:25 PM
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I usually use a size 11 for general piecing. If doing machine applique, I use anywhere from an 11 to a 14 depending on how much thickness I have. If I'm using rayon or glittery type threads for machine quilting, I will use a size 9.
Some machines do better with their brand of needles, but my Husquvarna works great with just a universal needle. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:26 AM
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Don't worry about inexperience. I just started using a machine to piece and the needle thats working the best for me is size 11.

We love questions! Don't be afraid, just jump in! You'll be doing well very soon.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:22 AM
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i refer to these articles quite often
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:14 AM
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Thanks PatriceJ. Girl you rule...

Thanks everyone else for your response.

Regards from the sunny but frozen south.

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:21 AM
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Patrice ~ Great article for referencing needles. Thanks

QUESTION: Has anyone used that "spring" type needle for free motion quilting?

I've never even heard of such a thing? I was wondering how well it works? Does it make free motion any easier? Does it improve the quality of the quilting?

I'm interested in any input. Nita
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