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Thread: hand quilting needles

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    hand quilting needles

    Quick question, how often do you change out your hand quilting needles, or how do you know when to do so?

    I'm doing english paper piecing, and I have a bunch of needles, but wondering how often they should be discarded?

    Thanks.
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    When hand quilting, I change when my needle bends or breaks. In EPP I would change when it started being difficult to pierce the paper from getting dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    When hand quilting, I change when my needle bends or breaks. In EPP I would change when it started being difficult to pierce the paper from getting dull.
    Same answer I would give. In fact, I still use some of my needles when they have a slight bend in them.

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    I'm with Tartan and bearisgray. I change quilting needles when they bend/break. Hand sewing - when they get dull. On rare occasions that happens with quilting needles as well.

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    I use new needles with every quilt. After I finish a king size quilt, I throw the needles away and get new ones, of course, on wall hanging, etc., I will quilt 4 or 5 and then get new needles, it makes a difference to me, as the needles get dull. A sharp needle is a must for me. I took a hand quilting class and this is what we were told, it really seems to make a difference to me. And needles are relative inexpensive.

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    Try using a new one and then compare the one you are using with it. See if there is a noticeable difference to you.

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