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    Hand sewing thread, bees wax, needles? First EPP Project

    I had an earlier post about my upcoming trip and doing some hand quilting. I found a delightful bundle of 9 F8 in my stash, 2 inch hexies at one shop and a glue stick at another. Now I have just over 100 hexies glued and ready to sew.

    I have 'Sharps' hand sewing needles, show I look for something else?

    I have a variety of poly, cotton, serger, embroidery thread in my collection, should I buy some 'quilting' thread?

    Do I need bees wax? I see on some tutorials they draw the thread through what looks like bees wax.

    Last question of the day, single or double thread? It looks like people use single in tutorials and that is what I planned, but I thought I would ask those here with more experience.

    If all goes well I will be able to make a baby quilt when I get home.
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    Use fine thread like Aurifil 50wt or even Superior Bottom Line (I don't like bottom line because it is stiff & hard to keep the needle threaded, but it is great for tiny invisible stitches), or even silk. I've used Thread Heaven or wax, but honestly I don't most of the time. I use a Clover table needle threader. I use a single thread.

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    I use Bee's wax all the time.

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    Sharps are fine. I use one thread also- around a 50 wt.
    Yes to beeswax and be sure not to have the thread too long or it tangles, even with beeswax.
    Have fun!

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    I use a milliners #12 needle and aurifil or bottom line thread. I personally prefer to sew the hexies together side by side rather right sides together. I get no threads peeking at the seams that way....saw this on a YouTube, but sorry, don't remember whose.......have fun on your new adventure......

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    Thank you,

    I love the generous help offered on this board. I will look for the bees wax and light weight thread tomorrow. I think I have some old Silk thread. I should give it a tug, if it is the right colour I can use it. It is super fine.
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    I really like using the Bee's was too - there is another product available that comes in a little blue box (can't think of the name right now) that works well too. I usually use the milliner needles, but will use what ever I have close by. And I do the single thread too. Most of the time I am use the Bottom Line thread - but will use the 50 weight or 60 weight thread if I have the right color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I use a milliners #12 needle and aurifil or bottom line thread. I personally prefer to sew the hexies together side by side rather right sides together. I get no threads peeking at the seams that way....saw this on a YouTube, but sorry, don't remember whose.......have fun on your new adventure......
    Oh, I appreciate your post! I prefer doing it that way too. A quilting police officer inquired, Oh you do it that way? while she watched me do it that way....I just smiled and said yes. I also think the completed pieces lie flatter when sewn together this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    I really like using the Bee's was too - there is another product available that comes in a little blue box (can't think of the name right now) that works well too. I usually use the milliner needles, but will use what ever I have close by. And I do the single thread too. Most of the time I am use the Bottom Line thread - but will use the 50 weight or 60 weight thread if I have the right color.
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    You've probably already done your shopping, but...I prefer Thread Heaven vs beeswax. For hand piecing, I use whatever thread is the correct color for the project. Also not concerned about needles - just don't want anything too thick/large. I would not use hand quilting thread for piecing on a hexie project...too thick in my opinion.

    Have fun on your trip and making your hexies!

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    You don’t want to use hand quilting thread for Piecing your EPP, it is Way too heavy. I use Sharps for needles when doing EPP and either silk thread or Aurifil 50 wt. both are nice and smooth, disappear nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    Thread Heaven....
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    I have made 3 hexie quilts so far. One a king size and the other two are lap size. I agree with everyone's suggestions although I whip stitched mine together. Also I have found that I do not use too long of a thread because it gets weakened as you pull it through. Does that make sense?

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    I am lucky to have the help from this board.

    I have three quilt shops in town (lucky I know) and I checked for beeswax at one yesterday. She did not have it, but she had the cutest little bird needle threader, thread cutter. I had to buy one.

    A friend has an online quilt shop (yes that makes 4 in an area with about 100,000 people), I know she sells Aurifil, I will see if she is home this afternoon to see if she has a colour that will work with my project.

    I did see one YouTube video where the lady suggested sewing the two pieces edge to edge instead of RST. I will give both methods a try.
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    I've made 3 "super" size queen EPP quilts, and I'm not picky about thread, or needles. I usually have Coats & Clarks on hand, so use it. What ever needle is comfortable. I haven't glued my hexies, so use cheap "what ever" thread to stitch to papers. I whip stitch the hexies, and use one color thread. White or off white. I guess my stitches are small enough that they don't show when finished. I don't usually use bees wax. Seems its never handy when I'm stitching, and I'm too lazy to get up and go get it! Have fun with your project. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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