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Thread: Needle Size?

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    Just wondering what size needle you gals use ? I'm using a 14/90 and after all this time I thought, Am I using the right size? :oops: I looked in my manuel, but it doesn't really say

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    Bev, needle size is determined by the thread being used.
    For example, when I use 50 weight thread, I usually use a size 11, if I am doing applique with invisible thread, I use a size 8. Metallic threads need larger eye needles, and so on.

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    I use a size 14 for everything.....it works for me
    :D excet for a 16 for jeans or jean needle :D

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    I usually use a 12 for quilt piecing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    I use a size 14 for everything.....it works for me
    :D excet for a 16 for jeans or jean needle :D
    Oh ok. That's the size I used for years for sewing clothes for me. I really didn't think it would matter, but thought I'd ask due to I'll be "learning/doing" sandwiching.. Thanks for all your help everyone

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    I use 11 or 12 for piecing and 16 when I am machine quilting. :)

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    i accidentally discovered the joy of piecing with a universal size 10. it's perfect for the thinner fabs that some of us like to scarf up from a "certain store". it works well on most other quilting weights, too, although i also bought a stock of 11s and 12s for those.

    i haven't played enough yet to decide which i'll like best for quilting. so far it's been 11s and 14s. i just broke down and bought a roll of warm & natural AND treated myself to 11 & 14 quilting needles. the w&n is very different to any of the batting i've used before so experiments are in my not so distant future. :roll:

    P.S. if the stitching looks good, doesn't appear to damage the fabric, and the seams are sturdy, i'd say the needle is "right" no matter what it was. Necessity and Budget are the Mother and favorite Aunt of "use what's on hand and gets the job done." :wink:

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    Usually a 10 for piecing.
    12 for quilting.

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    Whatever is in the machine unless I notice that it doesn't work. :D If you are happy with your results, I'd say stick with your plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Whatever is in the machine unless I notice that it doesn't work. :D If you are happy with your results, I'd say stick with your plan.
    like i said i've used a 14 for years when sewing cloths for me. it never dawned on me til the other day, i never asked what needle to use. I just assumed all i use is cottons so it can't be any different then sewing a shirt....

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    I have found that Sears Kenmore machine needles are very good, not less expensive but easier for me to buy local when I need a package instead of driving an hour. I usually buy different size Organ sewing machine needles online. It takes a lot of practice to find the right size needle for different thread that your machine likes. I keep a chart so I'll know what works for me. The chart saves me a ton of time.

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    I use the machine quilt thread I buy at Walmart on a spool. I believe its COATS & CLARK.

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    Size 60/8 needle is the best size I've found for #60 thread and above. The thin thread doesn't shred with this size needle. Embroidery sewing machine needles are made to handle fast speed so they are very good for machine quilting.

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    I use Sewer's Aid on all my thread. A drop on the top of the spool makes a big difference. I've been using it for years and the sewing repairman said he can't tell I use it at all, no harm to any of my machines, even the computerized one. And I started using the Bobbin Genies. I have not had any bird nests at all since I started using one in my bobbin case.

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    Hi Bev,

    The next time you are in a fabric store ask the salesperson if there is a free needle size gauge available from the thread manufactorer. I have one from metzler that was on the rack in the store.

    As you can see there is no answer to what each person believes is the best results for them individually. I will say though, that if you get into piecing something really intricate that a smaller thread and needle works better because that scant quarter inch seam is hard to get if you are defeating yourself with big honkin' thread and needle.

    One more bee in your bonnet ,ok? My repairman had a fit that I was using the coats and clark thread. He said that I may be paying less for the thread, but, I will pay much more dearly when I have to have my machine serviced more often because of the lint and trouble it causes.

    Hugs ....

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    Connecting Threads has thread my machine likes very much and it's less expensive then Coats and Clark. I use Coats and Clark BOBBIN thread on the mini cone for a lot of my piecing , NOT the one on the spool that says bobbin and basting thread. (It's good basting thread as it breaks easy)

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    I rarely use C & C thread any more, but when I was making... I don't remember, maybe a gift bag, I dropped a spool of it that I had in. Finished the project, started working on something else and wondered why the heck I was suddenly seeing so much lint pile up around my foot, needle and bobbin area. That convinced me that it's not the thread that I want to use.

    Needles I usually use a 12/80. I bought a box of 100 Schmetz needles at J's w/ a coupon a while back. so will have them for a loonggg time! I've never had a problem with that size. I do have denim ones and metal ones for those specific threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGarnet222
    Hi Bev,

    The next time you are in a fabric store ask the salesperson if there is a free needle size gauge available from the thread manufactorer. I have one from metzler that was on the rack in the store.

    As you can see there is no answer to what each person believes is the best results for them individually. I will say though, that if you get into piecing something really intricate that a smaller thread and needle works better because that scant quarter inch seam is hard to get if you are defeating yourself with big honkin' thread and needle.

    One more bee in your bonnet ,ok? My repairman had a fit that I was using the coats and clark thread. He said that I may be paying less for the thread, but, I will pay much more dearly when I have to have my machine serviced more often because of the lint and trouble it causes.

    Hugs ....
    Really????? Wow! I've used it for years and never had trouble.

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