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Old 11-25-2015, 05:45 PM
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I met a woman who is allergic to metal. Are there any non metal needles she can use to hand quilt?
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Old 11-25-2015, 05:58 PM
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Chances are she's not allergic to all metals, but rather to nickel. Most sewing needles are coated with nickel. It looks as if John James makes gold-plated betweens. Here is a link, but I would contact the Colonial Needle Company before purchasing to make sure that they are entirely gold-plated. Some needles have just a "gold eye",
http://www.quiltingbookspatternsandn...products/10601

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Here is a link to the John James site that shows both gold-plated and platinum-plated needles. These are imported from England, I think, but should be available in the U.S.
http://www.jjneedles.com/categories/...atinum-Plated/

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Old 11-25-2015, 06:16 PM
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She's allergic to all metals. She can't even tolerate aluminum foil. Really a severe condition.
Back in the real old days, they probably used whale bones to stitch but I'm not thinking that's a current option. Any other out of the box ideas?
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If she can't use a titanium-coated or platinum-coated needle, then I don't think she has any other options. Bone needles would not be sharp enough for quilting.

Edit: Maybe she should consider machine quilting? Machines these days are primarily plastic so she could keep contact with metal to a minimum.

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I know they make ceramic needles, but I think they are only made for machines, not hand sewing. Teflon coated maybe?
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Old 11-25-2015, 06:26 PM
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I think she could try the "art" quilt approach instead. If someone else cuts fabric for her, she could do various collage works using glue or fusible webbing.
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My niece is highly allergic to all metals.
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could she wear tight latex gloves like surgeons wear?
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Don't know, I'll ask. Good idea.
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Not sure I would recommend latex gloves. Frequent use can result in a latex allergy, which is very dangerous. But I think they make latex-free surgeon's gloves.
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