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    "Straw" needles

    I have read somewhere that when binding a quilt by hand that "straw" needles where the best and easiest to use. I have yet to find any. could use help with this - I tried a search but I am not very computer savy and failed to find them - I am almost sure I must be doing something wrong Thanks Cheryl
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    Straw needles are also called Milliners needles. I use my size 11 applique needles for my bindings. Here is a link with lots of choices. I still think that it is personal opinion as to which needle you feel more comfortable with.

    http://www.sewuniquecreations.com/ca...ategory_id=232

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    I agree with jansquiltn - it's a personal opinion as to which needle you use. I just use the needle that 's the closest and since I've just hand quilted the piece, I use a quilting needle.

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    Thanks for the web site - If I cant find in town I now have a place to order from. I appreciate it
    Quote Originally Posted by jansquiltn View Post
    Straw needles are also called Milliners needles. I use my size 11 applique needles for my bindings. Here is a link with lots of choices. I still think that it is personal opinion as to which needle you feel more comfortable with.

    http://www.sewuniquecreations.com/ca...ategory_id=232
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    I've learned something new - had never heard of 'straw' needles!

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    I had never heard of straw needles till a couple of weeks ago. At our next monthly quilting group meeting, one of the members is giving a demo on how she does her exquisite hand applique. She told us to get straw needles as part of our supply list. Now I know where to get them. Thanks for the link!

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    I have heard of straw needles, don't think I have any. I just use a short, sharp needle to sew the bindings on. Works well for me.
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    I use and love straw needles, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jansquiltn View Post
    Straw needles are also called Milliners needles. I use my size 11 applique needles for my bindings. Here is a link with lots of choices. I still think that it is personal opinion as to which needle you feel more comfortable with.

    http://www.sewuniquecreations.com/ca...ategory_id=232
    Thank you for including this site! It's great.

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    I use Jeanna Kimball's straw needles on her Foxglove Cottage site. Have used them for years.

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    I use a hand quilting needle for my binding and it has worked well for me.

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    I have straw or milliner's needles but have never used them for a binding. I usually use a #8 crewel needle because they are comfortable for me. Probably I should use a finer needle; but I am happy with the way my binding looks and you cannot see my stitches.

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    I use the same source as mommessy. Using tem for applique with silk thread almost hides the sewing. Love them.

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    I use straw needles from a old established British company John James Needles Ltd. Have a look under "about us" on their website for some fascinating history.

    http://www.jjneedles.com/pages/-About-Us.html

    (I don't have any connection with the company - just like to support a small, well-established company, and it IS a very interesting website!

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    i bought staw needles, aka milliners needles to quilt my jane with. luv them, they are a little longer. for me to learn to hand quilt with. i am enjoying them. can't stand to pick up a little short 'quilting' needle now.

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    I get my straw needles from my LQS. I love them! Not only are they great for binding, but excellent for needle turn applique. I don't use them for hand quilting, though, because they are so thin.
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    Do they have a fairly decent sized eye?

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    I have been using straw needles for several years to sew my bindings on. they are very thin and long. Love them. Get them at my local quilt shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamsbuying View Post
    I've learned something new - had never heard of 'straw' needles!
    Me too!!! I love reading and finding out new things. Everyone is so helpful.

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    Not really. i usually thread my needles early in the day, when my eyes are fresh. thread 8 or so, for the day. put a piece of white paper behind the eye, or turn the needle around.
    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    Do they have a fairly decent sized eye?

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    Thanks to all who explained about straw needles. I have used the Fons and Porter set that says for quilt binding. I'll have to give the straw needle a try ...my stitches need some help.

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    The needles that I use for hand quilting are called "betweens". I generally use size 9 or 10 and I think you will find them quite easily in most quilting supply shops.

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    I prefer the straw needles as they have some flexability. I use ones fom Foxglove cottage.

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    I had straw needles and loved them. Needed more and could not find them anywhere but I found milliner needles that were the same so I got them and they work just as well. the only thing about them is they are so thin they tend to bow but they still sew great. I change to a new one when the bow or bend gets really bad. I just saw straw needles on sale in my last Connecting threads catalog and plan to order some.
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    I use straw needles for applique, but not for binding. I use silk thread for applique, and I can easily thread that through the straw needle, but when binding I use a heavier thread and can't usually get it through the straw needle's eye. I also prefer a heavier needle for binding.

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