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    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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    it just doesn't feel right to me though! It goes in the fabric at the wrong place and annoys me.....maybe I'm just picky..lol!

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    i have always used Roxanne needles that come in a little bottle..and never have a problem. I hand quilt all time.

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    If it is happening while you are quilting, you may need a bigger needle.

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    I bend needles all the time. Doesn't matter what type of needle or what brand, after 3-6 hours of using a needle I have to throw it away and get a new one out. Trust me, if you are like me and continually bend needles, it's best to just stock up and trade them out as needed. :wink:

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    I too bend needles all the time.

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    I bent one last night so badly that it looked like a "c"...and I was only trying to thread it :oops:

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    :oops: you are all talking about hand quilting :oops:

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    Yep, I bend my hand quilting needles all the time. Try to keep using them until they break :lol: :lol: -- Which reminds me that I need to make a visit to the LQS to see if I can find some more that I like :D

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    If the needles aren't flexible enough to bend, they will snap...trust me.

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    I have trouble bending needles and I'm just sewing on my binding. Strong fingers I guess.

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    The shorter betweens don't seem to bend as quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    The shorter betweens don't seem to bend as quickly.
    I agree, I use to bend my needles all the time . Then I started using betweens, and they hold up alot better.

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    Maybe I need to check my needle. I can't remember when I replaced it last!

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    We ARE talking about hand quilting, right? I love my needle when it's bent, eventually it snaps and I have to 'train' another one. Mine are Clover size 10 quilting needles - quite a good brand I think, but still they bend. I think they get warm while you're sewing that's why they bend, but I wouldn't worry about it. I used to use a size 9 and they didn't bend as much. :-D

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    well...I'll try a between again. 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. I'm sure its just some arthritis in it and have been trying to compensate for it. Me going to the doctor involves someone having to hogtie me first and since dh is gone all week no one else is willing to try that little feat@

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    Hi Ginnie - I googled around a bit and came across this discussion on another forum http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load...440019838.html

    The lady here seems to recommend Dritz size 10s which are less bendy and have a bigger eye. Hope it helps. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrummy
    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    The shorter betweens don't seem to bend as quickly.
    I agree, I use to bend my needles all the time . Then I started using betweens, and they hold up alot better.
    I use betweens, size 11, when hand quilting. My poor arthritic fingers simply can't handle a size 12 anymore. I bend them all the time. I'll be sewing along and suddenly realize I've got a good 35 degree bend in it. If my stitched continue to remain relatively even I don't worry about it, but sometimes it bends the wrong direction and my stitches simply won't come out even. That's when it is time to throw it away and grab a new one. I bend them so much I usually keep at least 3-4 packages of new needles at all times.

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    I have not bent one in quite a while, but I do use larger needles.

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    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.

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    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:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce

    But I don't use a hoop and I still bend needles.... :oops:
    Joyce, you just don't know your own strength!

    :mrgreen: :-D

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce

    But I don't use a hoop and I still bend needles.... :oops:
    Joyce, you just don't know your own strength!

    :mrgreen: :-D

    OK k3n -- another one of those answers where I should not have had a mouth full of coffee :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I have a hard time threading the betweens...DD bought me a needle threader and never got it out of the package. LOL I use a longer thinest needle I can find...works for me but my stitches aren't really that tiny

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