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    needles is it just me?

    is it me or do your needles bend when you sew on the binding on the back/front. i just finished one and i ended with a very curved little needle.was just wondering if this has happened to others.
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    No, I use John James embroidery needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    No, I use John James embroidery needles.
    So do I. I've never bent a needle sewing on binding; but the very thin needles that I use with silk thread for appliqué are very curved in no time. I end up curving every one of those needles.

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    Yes, it has happened to me...have even broke needles while hand stitching...I don't think brand of needles makes a different, I have broke many different brands, including John James.

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    It has happened to me occasionally with smaller/thinner needles. I like a thin needle because it goes through the fabric easier and is easier to pull through several layers of fabric.

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    Yes this happens to me! I use small thin needles!

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    I like John James straw needles for appliqué, but I found that Roxanne straw needles seem to be sturdier and thicker, so that's what I use when i start getting curves.

    How many layers are you trying to sew through?

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    can't say as i've ever bent them. but i don't do that much applique and have started doing my bindings by machine.
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    I have found that I have gradually bent a lot of different needles, not so much with the John James and I have used the one in particular a whole lot. Here I thought I was stronger than I thought to bend the needle, must be lots of strong ladies around, that is great.

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    I tried Klasse' (1st time) needles on the quilt that I finished yesterday and not only did they bend they also broke (3 of them to be exact). I have never had this problem with other brands.
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    i am usually sewing two layers. sometimes get the batting also but trynot to. glad its not just me.
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    I sew with No. 12 quilting needles and yes they bend. I have bent several. Stuck them in my fingers too. Ouch!

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    I quilt with Roxanne needles - usually #11's but sometimes #12's. Don't have issues with the 11's bending but sometimes the 12's. But not usually when sewing on the binding.

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    I have snapped needles in half when hand quilting, and bent them also. It seems to happen with one package, then the next package, no snapped needles.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I have bent and broken needles while quilting but not while sewing on binding.
    Blessed are the quilters, for they are the piecemakers.

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    I like long skinny needles and most of them bend. A thicker or a short needle just doesn't feel right.

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    They always bend for me...gosh, thought I was like that magician guy that bends metal..now I'm just another quilter!!

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    I had never thought about it. I just expected the needle to bend after using it for a while because it always had. I just make sure I have a supply on hand. I have not paid attention to the brand so i cannot speak to that.
    Carol

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    never had that happen...I use schmetz size 70 or 80...
    So many quilts, so little time :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dove View Post
    never had that happen...I use schmetz size 70 or 80...
    I think she's talking about hand sewing, not machine sewing.

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