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Thread: Hand Quilting Needles?

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    Hand Quilting Needles?

    While hand quilting the fine tips of my
    needles break off. I can still quilt with it
    but it is a definite difference. What needles
    is everyone using? I thought these were
    John James and my first time using them.

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    Have you tried Clover Quilting Betweens? Perhaps the John James needles you were using were not the short betweens?
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    I used to use Piecemakers but I just got some Tulip size 10 and they are really nice.

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    Hiroshima Tulip are the very best. They are a little more expensive, but seldom bend and I have never had one break.

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    I bought a gross of Coats Betweens and I have never had a tip break off. I have had some break in half.

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    John James betweens have a tendency to bend very easily. I use Roxanne's betweens size 11 or 12.
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    I prefer Roxanne's between needles as well. Usually size 11. I don't think I've ever had a tip break off. Have had some bend but that's about it.

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    Roxanne and Tulip hand needles are my favorites, I do use a lot of John James embroidery, straw, or Millners for hand embroidery work.
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    I use John James and, for me they hold up pretty well especially as I use the spoon quilting technique so the tips hit metal quite hard and I load on about 5 stitches. It is rare that I break one. However, after a while, they do form a bend which suits my method, so I am pleased with them.

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    I use John James or Clover #10 for hand quilting. I got some Roxanne needles and every point was dull. Threw them away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I bought a gross of Coats Betweens and I have never had a tip break off. I have had some break in half.
    Any needle I use will eventually break, no matter the brand. I have just accepted that as a cost of hand sewing. All of my life this has happened, except when I use the old “gold tipped” needles my grandmother left me. I somehow have a strangle hold on a needle when I hand sew. I do wish that I had some larger “gold tipped” ones for embroidery though. If any of you have a supplier for them, please PM me.
    (*The “gold tipped” needles prevent the thread from fraying as it slides going through the eye as you sew.)
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