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Thread: Needle for t-shirt quilt

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    Super Member AlwaysQuilting's Avatar
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    Do I need to use a ballpoint needle to sew T-shirts into a quilt?
    Merry Christmas to everyone!

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    I didn't, I've made several and just used a regular needle.

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    Thanks so much for your fast reply.
    I need to have them done by New Years.
    Merry Christmas!

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    Good Luck and Merry Christmas.

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    good luck

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    I just finished making two of them and just used a regular needle!! I didn't have any problems!

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    I think it depends on your machine. Some machines are picky. I made 7 tshirt quilts and had alot of issue with breaking thread, then someone suggested I use the ballpoint needle and viola! it solved my problem. Merry Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by suebee
    I think it depends on your machine. Some machines are picky. I made 7 tshirt quilts and had alot of issue with breaking thread, then someone suggested I use the ballpoint needle and viola! it solved my problem. Merry Christmas
    OK I guess if I can get to the fabric store I'll buy ballpoints just in case.
    Thanks :thumbup:

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    I think if you use interfacing on the back so they don't stretch, then a regular needle is what you need. However, if you are just sewing through the knit, a ball point needle will be better.

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    I use a regular needle and a walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I think if you use interfacing on the back so they don't stretch, then a regular needle is what you need. However, if you are just sewing through the knit, a ball point needle will be better.
    Good advice.

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    I have used both regular and ball point needles. Had good luck with both. Happy t-shirt quilting

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    You can use a universal needle--just not a sharps and they cut the thread instead of sliding along side them.

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    Good luck getting it done in time. Happy new year.

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    I love my walking foot. Makes a Big difference on stretchy clothes.

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    when poly-knits first came out, ball-points were the only way to go -- I still have some so would use them with any knits, it avoids splitting treads and causing it to run/ladder, like panty hose/tights.

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    You need to remember you are sewing on a knit and it has always been suggested that you use a ball point needle with knits. You may not see the tiny "pick" that a sharp needle causes in the knit, but later after washing and drying some, it will show up as a tiny hole. Just to be safe, I would use a ball point--probably a size 12 or so.

    Merry Christmas all,

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    I used a "jeans" needle for mine. It worked really well

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    it depends ... really. if you use your regular needle with out problems, then that's your answere...and if you are using a non-woven interfacing on the t-shirts that helps. if you find you are 'catching' on the knit, having any puckering/pulling or not using an interfacing then you may find you need a knit/stretch needle. (ball-point)

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    I have made several T-Shirt quilts and used a regular needle.DGD's quilt had been washed and had no problems with holes.Good luck and have fun.

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    Sew with universal needle and you'll be fine going through the knits and the wovens. I always use flannel as my sashing when making t-shirt quilts. Oh and the long armers really do not want to quilt them. I use zig-zag or a small curvy stitch to quilt these.

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    I have found a regular needle works fine.

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    [quote=pegquilter8] I always use flannel as my sashing when making t-shirt quilts. quote]


    Would flannel be good for backing too?

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    Good Luck and Happy New Year to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegquilter8
    Sew with universal needle and you'll be fine going through the knits and the wovens. I always use flannel as my sashing when making t-shirt quilts. Oh and the long armers really do not want to quilt them. I use zig-zag or a small curvy stitch to quilt these.
    Gosh, I never thought of flannel for sashing. How does it do for not stretching and for durability? Do you have a photo of one you have used flannel within?

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