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Thread: Best needle for machine quilting?

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    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
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    Best needle for machine quilting?

    I am quilting on my mechanical Singer machine. Since I FMQ all my quilts I go through needles pretty fast. I was quilting last night and 14/90 broke. I finished my quilt with whatever needle i had left. Which type of needle do you recommend as the best for Fmq on DSM?
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    I always use an 80/12 when quilting. I also use a DSM for my FMQ.

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    I use machine needles that say on the pkg. for machine quilting. Never paid attention to the size, sorry.

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    i like the 14/90 but have used a jeans needle in a pinch. mostly, the reason is that the eye is larger for me to be able to thread it
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    Quote Originally Posted by busy fingers View Post
    I always use an 80/12 when quilting. I also use a DSM for my FMQ.
    That's what I always use, too. I also switch to the single hold needle plate which prevented "eyelashes" on the backing.
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    LOL, one of these days we will only be using abreveations for everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by busy fingers View Post
    I always use an 80/12 when quilting. I also use a DSM for my FMQ.
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    I use a topstitch needle and usually use a size 90/14.

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    Well I guess I'm the odd one out. I have a DSM with a 9" throat on a frame. It stitches 1500 stitches per minute. I use either a 16 or 18 for quilting.

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    I usually use an 80/12 when machine quilting...but it will depend on the thread I am sewing with. For cottons, I use a quilting needle. For metallics, a Metallica needle. For invisible thread, I use a size 10 quilting needle. For heavier threads I use a jeans needle size 14. Usually the best way to decide on your needle is to let the thread determine that.

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    I think the best needle is what works for you. It also depends on the thread you're using.
    I use Schmetz Quilting 90/14 for both piecing and quilting with Connecting Threads.
    Last edited by EasyPeezy; 10-09-2012 at 04:16 PM.

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    Size of needle is dependent on thickness of thread, usually breaking is from moving the sandwich too fast, but i would use quilting or topstiching needles, and supposedly titanium needles last longer but I haven't tried

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    Great tip for the "eyelashes", LivelyLady... Thanks, I'll try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    That's what I always use, too. I also switch to the single hold needle plate which prevented "eyelashes" on the backing.
    The single hole needle plates are great, but be sure to swap it before you try to use a different stitch! My needle is now a bit off center because I forgot. Even after being serviced it isn't as perfectly centered as it used to be.

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    I have gone to titanium needles made by Organ for Superior Thread. I purchase them through the Connecting Threads catalog. I think they do a good job and last longer. But everyone needs to find what works in their machine. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    The single hole needle plates are great, but be sure to swap it before you try to use a different stitch! My needle is now a bit off center because I forgot. Even after being serviced it isn't as perfectly centered as it used to be.
    On one of my machines needle is off center quite a bit as well so I use it for quilting only. I am using "the well centered" machine for piecing. It just about killed me when this happened. Cannot be fixed! Darn!

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    I use a 14-90 spring needle, no foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luana View Post
    I have gone to titanium needles made by Organ for Superior Thread. I purchase them through the Connecting Threads catalog.
    Luana,
    I appreciate this tip! Have been seriously considering Organ needles, but didn't want to make the trip in to the only shop where I can buy them. Connecting Threads and I, on the other hand, are fast friends and with them I only have to go as far as the mail box!

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