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Old 11-07-2011, 06:30 AM
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Has anyone used the self threading needles to bury the ends of the thread when doing FMQ? I know that's the correct way to do it but you can also anchor the stitch by backstitching over the end. I've always backstitched because it's just easier and it looked alright. This time it doesn't look alright doing it that way and in fact looks really sloppy. I'm using the thread that has different shades of blue on one spool (for the life of me I can't think of the name of the thread) since I really wanted it to show up and doing the backstitching is making my quilt look so sloppy! I'm certain I'll be ripping out all of the quilting I've already done. So....has anyone used the self threading needles for the purpose of burying the knot in the layers of the quilt? If so what did you think about them? Is it worth spending the money on them?
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there are 2 types of self-threading needles. i am disappointed with the side loading ones. i went back to the end loading ones. the side loading catch on the fabric. neither one, however, is great for sewing for long periods of time... i only have them for burying threads.
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there are 2 types of self-threading needles. i am disappointed with the side loading ones. i went back to the end loading ones. the side loading catch on the fabric. neither one, however, is great for sewing for long periods of time... i only have them for burying threads.
I didn't think they'd work very well for sewing either so never bought them. Then when I started on this latest quilt it make me think about them again. Could you send a picture of the type you have so I can get them ordered? Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:52 AM
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I use self threading needles ...... with a top slit. They work great for burying threads.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:51 AM
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I use the ones that you pull/push the thread down from the top. I bought a pkg. at my LQS but the last time I was in Walmart I noticed they had them. They were in the very limited fabric section with the other hand needles. I think they were $4.50 for a pkg? I have always used them to bury the thread ends in the quilt sandwich. I just don't like the look of stitching in place.
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I've only used the side threading needles and I agree...doesn't work too well for sewing/binding, but they are wonderful for burying threads.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:56 AM
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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.
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I didn't really like the ones I used.
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I started to rip out all of the quilting I've gotten done but decided to wait and see what I can save once I get the needles. The thought of ripping just makes me shiver. LOL!!
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I have never tried the side loading needles - did see a TV ad for them last week.

I don't like the top loading needles - it could be the ones I got, or my thread, because every time I try to thread them the thread breaks on me.
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