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Thread: FMQ recommended needle size on cotton would be...???

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    FMQ recommended needle size on cotton would be...???

    Any other tips regarding FMQ (free motion quilting) would be appreciated, as well. I have watched Leah Day tutorials, but did not notice anything about best needle size to use on 100% cotton, or if that would even make a difference.

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    Usually my needle sizes are determined by my thread size.
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    You would choose the needle size based on the thread size that you're using in the needle. With 70wt threads, I use a 9, 10 or 11, depending upon which is giving me the best stitch. With 60wt threads, 10, 11 or 12; with 50wt, 11, 12 or 14; 30wt, 14 or 16 and with 12wt, 18, 20 or 22, again always depending on which needle is giving me the best stitch.

    Hope that helps!
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    I use a Jeans Needle (which is the same as a quilting needle), they come in different sizes. I use a thinner one for light quilts and the thicker ones with heavy or thicker batting. Jeans Needles have a really sharp tip and that's really important. I got this information years ago from a free motion class.

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    i think i have a jeans needle in my machine right now
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    Did not consider thread weight at all! I think our little beginner class was assuming we would all be using all-purpose thread and so we were told to get a 70/10 I think. Yikes! More to these needles than meets the eye! (pun intended.) Thank you all for weighing in with some food for thought. Back to the machine for a more informed go at it!

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    I have a package of quilting needles, but I usually use my same old piecing needle - a basic size 11. I would use a 14 on denim, but haven't quilted any yet.

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    I think Superior Threads recommends a topstitch needle for FMQ, regardless of size. Might want to take needle type into consideration as well as needle size.

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    your needle size needs to be correct for the chosen thread- really has nothing to do with the fabrics- other than using the correct type of needle for the fabric being sewn-
    visit the Superior Threads web site- they have free charts you can print off that tell you all the different needle types/sizes their recommended uses- and the threads- weights/types, what needle to use with what thread for what.
    it is a great resource- will answer many of your questions.
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    I use a metallic 80/12....Learned it from a FMQ class....Works great for me
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    Thanks for this info, Sally. I'll look for them. I do a lot of old jeans projects so need them for that also.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sally J View Post
    I use a Jeans Needle (which is the same as a quilting needle), they come in different sizes. I use a thinner one for light quilts and the thicker ones with heavy or thicker batting. Jeans Needles have a really sharp tip and that's really important. I got this information years ago from a free motion class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    You would choose the needle size based on the thread size that you're using in the needle. With 70wt threads, I use a 9, 10 or 11, depending upon which is giving me the best stitch. With 60wt threads, 10, 11 or 12; with 50wt, 11, 12 or 14; 30wt, 14 or 16 and with 12wt, 18, 20 or 22, again always depending on which needle is giving me the best stitch.

    Hope that helps!
    Elizabeth
    Thank you for this, I had a problem with 12wt thread shreading, I was using a 16 size needle.

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    Well, this has been another "Who knew?" encounter for me. Y'all are super. Thanks for the help!

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    I'll go there and make a copy. So much still to learn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    your needle size needs to be correct for the chosen thread- really has nothing to do with the fabrics- other than using the correct type of needle for the fabric being sewn-
    visit the Superior Threads web site- they have free charts you can print off that tell you all the different needle types/sizes their recommended uses- and the threads- weights/types, what needle to use with what thread for what.
    it is a great resource- will answer many of your questions.
    Will go there and make a copy. Thanks!

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    well, truth is, what kind of machine are you using, what kind of thread- what size needle does the machine manufacturer suggest- i use a size 18 on my long arm for coats and clarks star thread, cuz thats the size they told me to use. no problems-
    size 16 jeans needle is a heavy needle. it never hurts to arm yourself with as much info as you can, makes you a better quilter.
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