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Thread: is my needle the wrong size, please help!!

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    Question is my needle the wrong size, please help!!

    can some one help me out??? When i sew and hold my stitching up to light, you can see the stitch holes?? i just recently got a new brother sewing machine, And have been sewing with the needle that came with it, but after i sew , hold up to light, and you can see the light thur the stitches!! is it too big of needle! thanks

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    People have told me that when you wash the quilt, the holes will close up. Personally for stitching the blocks together, I use a #11, for FMQ I use a #12, but most people use a #14, the long armers usually use at least a #16 and bigger, or at least that's what I've been told. I also don't like the holes that I can see through and haven't had any problems FMQ with the #12, so I'll just stick with that one.

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    thank u pocoellie!! thats what i thought it was, but i need to hear it from great people like u thanks

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    Some info about sewing machine needles:

    http://www.joann.com/static/project/0704/PA00223.pdf

    On sewing machine needles, the larger the number, the thicker the shaft of the needle.
    For piecing, I like to use a 75/11 or 80/12.
    Many people use at least a 100/16 for sewing heavy denim.

    The numbers may be reversed - 75/11 is the same thing as 11/75.
    Also - make sure that you are using the correct needle for your sewing machine and that it is installed properly.

    Hand sewing needles are numbered the other way - the larger the number, the thinner the needle. A smaller sized needle in a given style is given a larger number. Example: A #12 between will be thinner and shorter than a #9 between.

    It seems like a lot of demonstrations are done on that stiff, coarsely woven material with thick (14/90 or thicker) needles.

    It can get confusing.

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    Superior Threads has information on their web site about the correct needle for the thread you're using. Unfortunately the web site seems to be down right now, so I can't find the link to send you.

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