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Thread: My can't quilt without tool.

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    Super Member Gannyrosie's Avatar
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    Red face My can't quilt without tool.

    I love to hand quilt, but I hate pulling the needle out. So one day I glanced at my jewelry making tools,and said, hey! I know what I can use to make this easier, and it has. My round needle nose pliers. Now I can load 8-9 stitches and not worry about trying to pull it out. It has made my quilting faster and easier. But I see I need to add more tape to the nose's to not damage to needle.
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    Even regular long nosed pliers will work.....don't have to be jewelry making quality. The cheapest ones at local Ace hardware store

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    Oh, your stitches are so uniform and pretty!
    Why do I keep trying to find the "like" button?

    Viking Husqvarna 950 S; Bernina 1150 MDA

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    ​Looking good! A big rubber elastic from the broccoli will also help to grip the needle to pull it through when loaded with stitches.

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    I push the needle as far as I can with a thimble and use a piece of a latex glove to grip the needle and pull it through. Like Tartan said the elastic from broccoli would work too. You just need the "grippyness" of the rubber.

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    I was so impressed by your beautiful stitches it took me a minute to even look at the pliers.
    ~Kala

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    8-9 stitches you are good

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    Impressive stitches! Wow!

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    I have a pair of forceps like a doctor uses to stitch up a patient. I don't remember where I got them but it was through a quilt contact. They do come in handy sometimes. They are much smaller and lighter weight than your pliers but what ever works.

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    What a great idea! I will have to get a pair of needle nose pliers to help with hand quilting. Arthritis is taking a lot of grip from my hands.
    Sherri

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    @ franc36, thanks for the complement, I am still learning. This was a UFO sitting around for 5 years, and never got back to quilting. So now that the grandson's are in school in the mornings I can start one of the things I said I was going to do when I retired. Still learning. ONe of my problems is that I can't get the under stiches as even as the back, but I think I figured it out. I wasn't putting the needle at 90 degrees on the way down.
    I am appreciating all the suggestions on needle pulling idea's, the things you just don't learn in books.

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    You have beautiful stitches.

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    I use a rubber finger, about 35cents at any office supply store.
    I found using the pliers roughened the needle. With the finger you don't have to pick something up and lay it down.
    I think quilt shops now sell colored rubber fingers but I've never tried one.

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    I use the nubby red rubber tips for counting money. I get them in a package of a dozen. They work great fro me.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    I use the rubber finger tips from the office supply store. But I, too, use a pair of pliers when necessary. DH got them for me when I first started quilting. Love those things!

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    Great idea, love your quilting!!!

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    I am admiring your beautiful stitches! So even and perfect.

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    Thanks for the complements on my quilting, but I"m still new at this. I've tried the rubber fingers and for some reason I kept getting my needle caught in them, so I gave up. This little tool takes me all but 2 seconds and it's out. I guess since I try to get too many stitches on the needle. I know I"m not the first to use a tool as such, but for me it works great and I guess you love what works for you. Thank God we're all individual. LOL. I love this board. I"m learning so much from the Senior Members and everyone is so helpful.

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    Your stitches are wonderful, You have talent.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I am very impressed with your stitches. Great job!!!!!
    Pat M.

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    i love your stitches ,do you use a thimble
    we can make our plans but the out come is in god,s hands nellie diaz

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    @nellie, no not really. I just could never get used to them. I buy those little leather pads that stick to your finger and use my thumbs fingernail when needed. I tried thimbles. But those pads give me so much control, I love them.

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    I received a pair of Fiskar short pliers from a friend and I love them to pull a needle through. It's fast and needles don't cost that much anyhow, If I ruin one.

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    Your stitches are beautiful! I use a brass Roxanne's thimble on my thumb, and for some reason it grips the needle and pulls it through. I have also used a needle holder or hemostat (those lightweight medical instruments mentioned earlier), but it's faster if the thimble pulls the needle through, because I don't have to stop to pick something else up and put it back down.

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    Your stitches

    are perfect!!!!! Wow, I'm jealous

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