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Thread: Self Threading Needles

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    I have used the top-loading self-threading needle and don't like it at all. It pulled my W&N batting out thru the back of my quilt each time I pulled the threads thru. Yucky as the quilt back was forest green! Had to go back and "swoop" the needle between the fabric and the batting in an attempt to pull the batting back inside the fabric. Too much work.

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    I have a question about 'cheater needles' used to bury threads in free motion quilting. I have the type with the slot on the top and find that they often shred the thread. So if anyone has some that don't do that, please tell me which brand they are.

    I've been looking for the side-entry ones in stores but haven't found them. Found 'spiral needles' online -- $16 for two needles. Outrageous. Must be hand made out of platinum - no, even then they wouldn't be so expensive. I'm sure I saw a brand in stores years ago and they were priced like normal needles. Again, has anyone found them, and if so which brand and where?

    thanks for your help - I always find the most useful information on this board,

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    I have used the top loading ones and like them fine for burying threads. The other thing I have used is a large eye embroidery needle. I do prefer burying my theads.

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    I tried the side opening for the easy to thread. Ecdge of needle opening got caught in fabric and would not pull thru. After 5 minutes of trying to stitch, put back in package and returned them for a full refund.
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    I find them too thick to stitch with, but wonderful for burying threads. I have the ones where you push the thread into the top.

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    I use the top slit ones for burying the tails. Sometimes the thread shreds when I am trying to load it, but I cut it off and try again. Usually works. I have used them to sew on a button or some minor stuff and they work okay I guess. Can't remember a big problem with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    i use only the "Spiral Needle" I find the top slip needle to allow the thread to come loose. I understand WallMark has the spiral type but some have been disappointed in them. The "Spiral" brand appears to be better although they are more pricy.
    I use these, too, and like them a lot. I have not had good luck with the top loading ones. BUT these are only good for burying threads -- I had to really fight when I tried to do a bit of sewing with them.
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    I often use the self-threading needles to bury the threads-I find they work very well and are fairly inexpensive. I forget where I got them but I use the John James Easy Threading Eye Cross Stitch needles.

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    I use the top slit needles all the time for burying threads. I quilt for others, and I find the stitching back and forth to tack the thread leaves a lump - especially on quilts that have a lot of solid colours or light colours. By burying the threads, you can't see where I started and stopped.
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    Ditto! LOVE them! I also use them for my embroidery projects (hand embroidery) to weave the starting thread on the underside to make a nice, neat back to the project.
    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Self threading needles save so much time when burying the thread ends while FMQ. Discovered them just before quilting my last quilt and was joyous! It took forever to thread all those ends before. I use the top slit ones and haven't had a problem with thread breakage.

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    I spent $10 on the "As Seen on TV" ones and they are awful! I think they're plastic and dull and won't go thru one layer of fabric! Easy to thread? YES! But so what?! Can't do anything with it! Avoid those!

    Instructor on Craftsy starts and ends with itty bitty stitches instead of back stitches. I've been trying that but can't really testify about it yet but she says she's been doing it for years and they don't come out.

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    > >
    These are the looped needle threaders I use to thread my blind hem machine [on bad days].>>
    They are a then double wire needle that spreads apart then insert thread between the wires and thread your needle.>>
    I always called them beading needles; I first found them in a jewelry supply store.>>
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    I use the top slit needles when I accidentally have a thread break -- I take out half a dozen stitches and then bury the thread. i have enough troublr threading a needle with new thread -- used "frayed" thread is impossible on a size 10 needle.

    Besides, I have to use a needle threader a lot. My eyes were never that good -- and with age (who me???) they haven't gotten any keener
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