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Thread: Hand quilting needles

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    Super Member Knot Sew's Avatar
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    I usually buy #7 tweens for quilting.......now these are very small.....so how can a 12 be smaller.....and straw needles..what are they made from?

    I have been looking at needles at quilt store webs and just don't get it :? :? :roll: :D

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    I think the bigger the number the smaller the number that is what i was told

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    I use #10 betweens by Roxanne. They have a nice sized eye that is easier to thread. I am with you Ruth the 12's are only about an inch long and too tiny for me.

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    I haven't even found 12's around here....how would you thread them....I would like to see some......there is a small quilt show near here, in august.....maybe some there
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    what kind do you use loretta for hand quilting? I know wallmart and Joanns have nothing so I think I will try the reg quilt shops :D

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    I use Clover #10 hand quilting needle, it's 1-1/4 inch long, there is also #9 and #8 that are even smaller, I'm with you, how can you thread it? or even hold it?

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    A straw needle is very small around and longer than a quilting needle. It is most often used for applique.

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    when I hand quilt I always use size 10 betweems . #12 is the smallest but I can not get them threaded. The straw needles are used for applique or hand sewing. I use them to hand sew binding on my qults and really like them. Marge

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    I like #10 Piecemakers - a really inexpensive needle, but my favorite for quality! :D

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    I use Richard Hemming brand size 11 betweens for handquilting. The size 12's I tried just bent into curves! Maybe it was a cheap brand!

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    You are so right Jerrie, it is the same with the needles we use at the hospital. The larger the gauge, the tinier the needle... Cindy

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    Hi there - Thimblelady.com has a beautiful selection of silk thread for applique. After matching with the project peice, your stitches almost disappear and also her needles are wonderful. I went to a day workshop in Orlando with her and sat there amazed. Oh to live in Australia and take more classes... Cindy

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    I use a #11 or #12 and there very small.
    The smallest you can get I believe. I'm just comfortable using them. I believe there a big eye James needle.

    For my machine quilting I use a 90/14 or a 80/12, but I do crosshatch quilting, not anything fancy that some are very talented in doing.

    Keep it rock'in
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    My friend Pat introduced me to the straw needles and her's are like 2 inches long. Nice to needle turn, which I will have to practice to get the nack.

    simple quilter

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