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Thread: Needle Size for Binding

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    Needle Size for Binding

    What size needle do you use for hand sewing binding?
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    I use a #8 embroidery needle, I like the bigger hole, I have a hard time threading my needles.

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    I honestly have no idea about the number size needle I use because once I buy them, I take them out of the packaging and stuff them into my pin cushion!!

    I can tell you that I use a very short needle, but it has a fine point. I use the shortest needle I can find, I find I have more control with them for smaller stitches (my hand stitching is very very tiny). I think the one I use is about 1.5" long.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    these short needles are undoubtedly 'quilting betweens'...that is the actual name... and if you like short....the japanese make quilting needles 1/2" long!!!!

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    I use a longish between because I have long fingers. The smaller ones were hard to use.

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    whichever fits your fingers and makes the size stitches you like. I like the smaller (about #8 or 9) sharps.

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    John James #10 straw needle. It's my absolute favorite, I use it for applique also.

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    i use #10 milners, sharps or straws-which ever is handy when i start my binding- usually sharps (milners & straws are the same thing- just called differently by different companies (John James-straws---Roxannes-milners)
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    I am with Peckish, I love my # 10 straw needles for sewing binding on.

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    I usually just use my betweens - either #11 or #12 if they are handy...which they usually are at that point as I'm a hand quilter. If not, whatever needle happens to be handy. I'm not real picky when it comes to needles for that purpose.

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    I use an ordinary hand sewing needle. I like one that has a eye that I can thread but is still thin and sharp.

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    Red face Threading Needle

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I use a #8 embroidery needle, I like the bigger hole, I have a hard time threading my needles.
    I have put this up before, but it really helps me thread a needle.
    Cut the thread to a blunt cut, no stray hairs
    Hold the thread in your left hand between your forefinger and thumb
    Pull it all the way down so that you can only see a small dot
    Press the eye of the needle on the dot
    Roll your finger and thumb up catching the thread.
    Hope it works for you too.
    Syl
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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm going to experiment with the types and sizes y'all have suggested!

    Hugs!
    Michelle

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