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    Self Threading Needles

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    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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    I use self threading needles ...... with a top slit. They work great for burying threads.

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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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    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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    I have the top loading one and I love them. I keep it by my machine in a pincushion and each time I have to end I bring the thread from the front to the back and knot it and then bury it. It is so much easier and quicker using these needles. I have not tried the spiral needles as they were mega expensive!
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    I hand quilt and sometimes I get a knot in the thread and have to cut it. Then I use the top threading needles. By the time the thread has been thru the fabric several times, it can be hard to thread thru a regular eye.
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    Yes as matter of fact just tried to order more they work great!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nana2Sew View Post
    I use self threading needles ...... with a top slit. They work great for burying threads.
    I agree...I love em
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    I have the same problem with the thread breaking when trying to use the self threading needles. I gave up and try to leave a little longer ends at the stops and starts so I can use my regular needles.

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    Thanks for info. I think I will mark them off my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blahel View Post
    I have the top loading one and I love them. I keep it by my machine in a pincushion and each time I have to end I bring the thread from the front to the back and knot it and then bury it. It is so much easier and quicker using these needles. I have not tried the spiral needles as they were mega expensive!
    I bring the bobbin thread to the top when I start machine quilting but how do you take the thread from the front to the back?
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    I had one and, for the life of me, couldn't find it when I had a hundred or so machine cut ends to bury. So, I dug out a tapestry needle, a dental floss threader and went to work. 1. Bury the needle so the eye is close to the thread ends. 2. Thread the floss threader through the eye-it goes in easily and 3. Place the big end around the cut ends and pull them through-if I feel like it I'll use a crochet hook to pull them through faster, then 4. Pull the floss threader with the cut ends-the needle is threaded and you can finish pushing it through to bury the ends. Worked great for me, but I'm still keeping an eye out for that needle. Hope it shows up some day.

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    I will have to try these. It is a pain to thread needles.


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    I have not used them but I am going to now.

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    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 only use mine for burying the threads.......it makes it so much easier, especially if the thread is short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    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.
    For a while, I had trouble with the side loading needles catching on the fabric, or even in batting. Then I discovered that if you look, just before the eye enters the fabric, and make sure the smooth side of the eye is facing up, the opening doesn't catch anything. Usually I have to give the needle a little twist to get that smooth side up...don't know why.

    Love Spiral Eye needles. I dropped mine once, when I only had one, and looked all over the floor for it with no luck. Gave up and ordered two, so I'd have a spare. Then I found the dropped one...in my shoe I was wearing!

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    When we divided everything that belonged to my Mother after she died in August, I took her sewing basket...there are 4 dozen self threading needles in it. I've never used them but gonna try them out at least once
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    I heard about the top threading needles here and bought a package. They were called "cheater" needles. I have only one needle left and I can't quilt without that needle. I am so afraid I'll lose it. Does anyone know where I can purchase some more of them?

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