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    Difficult hand quilting

    I am having a lot of difficulty hand quilting. The quilt is not thick, but the needle gets stuck and is very difficult to force through the fabrics and batting.

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    What kind of needle are you using, and what kind of batting?

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    What kind of needle and batting are you using? You might need to experiment with different needles, you might find it well worth your effort to invest in quality needles. I really like John James needles, they glide through fabric like a hot knife through butter.

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    Lol jinx....

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    Sometimes cotton batting can hold the needle from sliding smoothly. Don't load too many stitches on your needle and use a broccoli elastic to pull the needle end through.

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    what is a 'brocoli elastic'?

    I also like the John James needles. Even they get dull after long use.

    You might need to resort to doing only one or two stitches at a time.

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    The eye of the needle might be to small for the thread. It's an issue in embroidery, too. The needle must open the layers enough to let the thread pass through easily.

    'broccoli elastic': the broad rubber band that holds two or more heads of broccoli together.

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    what batting are you using? how did you baste your quilt? what fabrics are in the top/back? did you start with a new sharp needle? what thread are you using? there is lots of information we need to really be able to help you with your problem
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    I figured out what a broccoli elastic is, but how do you use it?

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    Mea Culpa! Yes, a broccoli elastic is the wide rubber band that holds heads of broccoli together in the supermarket. We quilters find them great for folding over the needle for a good grip. They sell rubber "needle gripper" rubber circles in quilt shops if you want to buy one. You can also use pliers to pull a loaded needle through but they can bend the needle if you are not careful.
    I sometimes forget that not everyone has the same level of quilting terms, experience or knowledge, sorry.

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    My Pull Thru Trick

    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Mea Culpa! Yes, a broccoli elastic is the wide rubber band that holds heads of broccoli together in the supermarket. We quilters find them great for folding over the needle for a good grip. They sell rubber "needle gripper" rubber circles in quilt shops if you want to buy one. You can also use pliers to pull a loaded needle through but they can bend the needle if you are not careful.
    I sometimes forget that not everyone has the same level of quilting terms, experience or knowledge, sorry.
    I use a short piece of plastic tubing about 11/2inches long, slip the tubing over the needlepoint, pinch and pull. The tubing I am referring to is what they use for fish aquariums etc. CHEAP especially if you don't like broccoli lol.

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    I use the rubber fingertips usually associated with paper sorting or paper $$ counting. A box of 12 or so is just a couple of $$ in the office supply store. Stays on my fingertip with no issue and don't have the bother of picking up/putting down.

    That said, as others have asked...what brand/size needle are you using; what thread; what batting. I use warm & natural batting all the time - even though many others have issues hand quilting it, I don't seem to. I use Roxanne #11 or #12 needles. Thread, not so picky...whatever brand happens to have the color I want for the project I'm doing. Experiment with different brands/sizes of needles and different brands of thread. Make sure you are using a specifically labeled hand quilting thread. I find that 'thread heaven' - a thread conditioner - helps the thread slide through the layers a bit better as well.

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    Next time you get blood work done ask for the tourniquet , We just throw them away after each patient. I cut mine into small pieces and one will last forever !

    I like being thrifty

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