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    Old 04-06-2013, 02:19 PM
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    Default Hand Quilters, which needles do you prefer to use???

    Which quilting needle do you find to be the most useful?? I bent a needle last evening and got out a new one from the Dritz pack, it bent before I got an inch sewn, got another one and it broke off in the same amount of time. Changed to my John James pack and did it all over again!!! After 4 bent needles and 2 broken ones I called it quits and went to bed. I was ready to throw them all away. This morning I got out my needle tube and used one of them. Worked great, no problems at all. The only problem is, I don't remember what brand of needles I put in that tube last summer???
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    I use Jeana Kimball"s Foxglove Cottage. size 9 sharp. I do lap quilting with no frame. I even do all my hand sewing with these needles. When you find one you like it is like gold. I wish you luck. Vi
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    I like John James, and they usually don't bend or break on me. How tight is your quilt sandwich?

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    Old 04-06-2013, 03:01 PM
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    I like betweens for hand quilting, sharps for other hand stitching such as the binding. Not too particular about the brand.
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    Old 04-06-2013, 03:16 PM
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    John James, Piecemakers and Colonial have been pretty reliable for me. The only really bad ones I ever ran into were Dritz made in China. I use betweens - usually size 9, sometimes 10 if I am feeling patient enough to put up with the bending.
    The smaller needles certainly help make smaller stitches, but I have never been able to use anything smaller than a 10.
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    I use Richard Hemming brand needles; they're English. I also adore needles by Clover; in sewing supplies, the Japanese really know how to do it right!

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    I usually use John James, and Bohin. I like them both and a size 8 or 9. I am not as proficient at hq as I would like to be, but will be quilting a lap for my dh, so will be getting lots of practise.
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    Originally Posted by Viquilt
    I use Jeana Kimball"s Foxglove Cottage. size 9 sharp. I do lap quilting with no frame. I even do all my hand sewing with these needles. When you find one you like it is like gold. I wish you luck. Vi
    This is my choice also.
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    Roxanne needles, size 10, 11, or 12, hands down. They are the best IMHO
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    Old 04-06-2013, 06:13 PM
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    Originally Posted by Hinterland
    I like John James, and they usually don't bend or break on me. How tight is your quilt sandwich?

    Janet
    It is not real tight, when I used my other needles it went just fine. I thought they were John James but am not sure.
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