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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    I've just had a hard time holding on to them. I had some surgery on my right hand a few years back and this winter for some reason it is giving me trouble. The middle knuckle is a bit swollen and just stiff and a little sore.
    You should check this out (scroll down just a little for the video): http://www.jeansimpressions.com/
    I've used an Aunt Becky's thimble for years but only as an 'underfinger' protector
    --my top hand quilted in the normal way. Jean's method seems so much easier, although I haven't tried it yet.
    can you put in a picture of what you use under the quilt...would love to see it..

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    Cathy, thats an interesting video..I've seen those Aunt Becky tools, but never tried it. Boy, an experienced hand quilter can sure make it look and sound easy can't they? :D

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    I used to have problems with my needles bending (and breaking!) but I switched to Roxanne needles. I use a size 11 between. Takes a good long time before I bend one but I typically have about 6 threaded at a time so as one runs out of thread I grab the next one. Maybe the constant switching between 6 needles is keeping me from bending them? I love the Roxanne needles they are nice and sharp and seem to last a long time but they are a B***h to thread! Luckily my quilting light has a magnifier attachment.

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    I really think its just these needles as this is a recent thing. These are just really flexible. I'm going to try some Roxanne needles as soon as I have some extra moolah!

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    I also bend needles all the time. I have used Dritz, John James and a few others, sizes 7,8,9 and 10s. I also have the Aunt Becky tool and have tried using that, but just can not get use to the quilt being loose. I might try like someone above has mentioned and use it only as a under thimble. I have also tried using the quilter's helper which looks like a spoon and using that I break my needles. I just need more practice, practice with the Aunt Becky tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    OK, I just consulted with my EXPERT hand quilter and she immediately knew what the problem is. Your quilt is too tight/taut in the hoop. Loosen the screw and push in the center just enough to make the quilt stop springing. That will fix the problem.

    And, be sure that your thumb is in the claw position in front of the needle when you are loading your needle/making your stitches.
    But I don't use a hoop and I still bend needles.... :oops:
    I don't either. I lap quilt - no hoop, no frame. My mother got me a frame for Christmas (missing all the bolts :roll: ) so I may put some of my larger quilts on the frame, but I imagine I'll still lap quilt anything that is a twin size or smaller. Now, I do have both arthritis and fibromyalgia and often my fingertips are numb. I can easily see where I might be gripping my needles too tightly, but if I don't I drop them, which gets frustrating.problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    I used to have problems with my needles bending (and breaking!) but I switched to Roxanne needles. I use a size 11 between. Takes a good long time before I bend one but I typically have about 6 threaded at a time so as one runs out of thread I grab the next one. Maybe the constant switching between 6 needles is keeping me from bending them? I love the Roxanne needles they are nice and sharp and seem to last a long time but they are a B***h to thread! Luckily my quilting light has a magnifier attachment.
    I always forget to thread more than one needle. Someone mentioned that the heat from our hands is likely what is bending the needles and I can easily see that for me. I bet threading several needles would help with that. Thanks!

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    I used to bend hand needles ( 12 betweens) all the time. They were Peacemakers brand. I changed to Roxanne's and now use a size 10 between ( easier to thread) and don't have any trouble at all. Just change them out when they get dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I bent one last night so badly that it looked like a "c"...and I was only trying to thread it :oops:
    LOL...did hubby tick you off?

    I was thinking maybe you need a 'shorter' needle, instead of longer. I've never had this problem. I guess us meeces don't put a lot of muscle...oh yeah...my needle is magic...there's the difference :lol:

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    I just started using straw needles.....I don't know much about them but they seem to work really well for me...mine are #9
    They are longer and my stitches are smaller and my fingers are more relaxed. The container I bought at the LQS was three dollars for about 12......I was using #7 tweens various brands and they bent a lot... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I bent one last night so badly that it looked like a "c"...and I was only trying to thread it :oops:
    LOL...did hubby tick you off?

    I was thinking maybe you need a 'shorter' needle, instead of longer. I've never had this problem. I guess us meeces don't put a lot of muscle...oh yeah...my needle is magic...there's the difference :lol:
    Very funny!~~ Magic needle....it isn't the muscle...its the bad eyesight...got any magic eyeballs???



    :lol: :lol:

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    For putting binding on I use the straw needles size 10 and I love them. But for hand quilting I use John James Betweens size 10 and never had a problem. Just my input Marge

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    So glad this needle bending discussion has come up:)I just helped a friend on a repair...she fixed, I hand quilted and I went thru 2 needles...both gone now..both bent! I did get'r done...but, you would have thought the little part of quilting would have not been such a 'bender'....and, I used no hoop to do this...but, like that tidbit on if it is in a hoop..it could be too tight...I've prob done that before too:)

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    I use size 8 quilting betweens, no hoop. The smaller the needle the less they bend.

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    I love reading how many of you also lap quilt. I swear the gals in my guild act like I'm performing some magic act by not using a frame or a hoop. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    I love reading how many of you also lap quilt. I swear the gals in my guild act like I'm performing some magic act by not using a frame or a hoop. :lol:
    Yeah, I kind of get the same response. My friends just look at me and shake their heads.....then compliment me on my small stitches :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I don't use a hoop either- more like the pioneer women. LOL!
    some days I feel like a pioneer woman about 150 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    I love reading how many of you also lap quilt. I swear the gals in my guild act like I'm performing some magic act by not using a frame or a hoop. :lol:
    Yeah, I kind of get the same response. My friends just look at me and shake their heads.....then compliment me on my small stitches :lol: :lol: :lol:
    I made a sun bonnet and my neighbor insisted that there wasn't anyway it was all done by hand the stitches were TOO small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trupeach
    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I don't use a hoop either- more like the pioneer women. LOL!
    some days I feel like a pioneer woman about 150 years old.
    LOL - me too!

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    Has anyone tried the side-thread needles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Has anyone tried the side-thread needles?
    They're wonderful for regular sewing but I haven't used any for quilting. The ones I had were much too big for quilting :-D

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    I think they have a self thread needle or something like that but I have never tried them.

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    I haven't bent mine yet, but I haven't done a lot of hand-quilting lately.

    I did find a friend's needle at a house. I asked her if she had either bent a straight needle or straighted a curved one...


    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    It seems that I'm bending every single needle I use. One afternoon of quilting and its time for a new one. I don't remember what brand these are but I got them at Michaels. Is there a brand that won't bend?

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    seems like such a good idea, hope the needles come in sizes, like Roxanne's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skjquiltnut
    Has anyone tried the side-thread needles?
    A wonderful gal just sent me a couple and I love how easy it is to bury knots when machine quilting. It saved me a ton of time, not to mention it saved my fingers from wear and tear. Gotta love that! I haven't tried it yet for hand quilting so we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I bent one last night so badly that it looked like a "c"...and I was only trying to thread it :oops:
    LOL...did hubby tick you off?

    I was thinking maybe you need a 'shorter' needle, instead of longer. I've never had this problem. I guess us meeces don't put a lot of muscle...oh yeah...my needle is magic...there's the difference :lol:
    Very funny!~~ Magic needle....it isn't the muscle...its the bad eyesight...got any magic eyeballs???



    :lol: :lol:
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    well if you count coke bottle eyeglasses? lol!
    now pins? I bend them constantly! I have a bio-hazard container I bend so many:roll:

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