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Old 07-19-2008, 05:11 AM
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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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Old 07-19-2008, 05:23 AM
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I think the bigger the number the smaller the number that is what i was told
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:40 AM
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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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Old 07-19-2008, 05:46 AM
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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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Old 07-19-2008, 08:53 AM
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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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Old 07-19-2008, 09:28 AM
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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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Old 07-19-2008, 12:30 PM
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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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Old 07-19-2008, 07:31 PM
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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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