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    Senior Member IngeMK's Avatar
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    What needle do you use to piece and to quilt?
    I am wondering about size as well as type, as in universal, denim and so forth...........

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    I like the Schmetz Microtex for piecing and their Quilting needles for quilting. If I'm using a specialty thread, like a 30wt rayon or a metallic, I use the recommeded needle. A topstitching needle is good for a heavier thread weight, too.

    Try some of these sites:
    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...dle-and-thread
    http://www.superiorthreads.com/page/330/
    http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmac...nformation.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    I like the Schmetz Microtex for piecing and their Quilting needles for quilting. If I'm using a specialty thread, like a 30wt rayon or a metallic, I use the recommeded needle. A topstitching needle is good for a heavier thread weight, too.

    Try some of these sites:
    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...dle-and-thread
    http://www.superiorthreads.com/page/330/
    http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmac...nformation.htm
    the superior threads site has me asking this question.....one article on it states that the most used needle is a topstitch, to be used for piecing and quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IngeMK
    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    I like the Schmetz Microtex for piecing and their Quilting needles for quilting. If I'm using a specialty thread, like a 30wt rayon or a metallic, I use the recommeded needle. A topstitching needle is good for a heavier thread weight, too.

    Try some of these sites:
    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...dle-and-thread
    http://www.superiorthreads.com/page/330/
    http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmac...nformation.htm
    the superior threads site has me asking this question.....one article on it states that the most used needle is a topstitch, to be used for piecing and quilting.
    Interesting. Which article was it? I notice in the reference chart for the specialty threads the topstitch needle is recommended for almost everything. A good and safe choice, because you could change thread weights pretty radically without having to change your needle. It's amazing how much there is to learn, and how much the small choices affect the outcome!
    What do you usually use? What I hear most often is 'buy the best quality needles you can find and change them often'. I probably don't change mine as often as I should, but I did start buying only Schmetz . The LQS had someone come in and do a lecture on thread and needles last year. She had microscopic photos of different brands of needles. It was amazing the difference in finish and smoothness between the cheap ones and the better quality.

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    I switched to Superior Titanium coated top stitch needles. They last 5 to 8 times longer then regular sewing needles so they save more money then they cost. They are made by Organ, the best needle manufacturer. You can get a free one at
    I Have A Notion online blog/store.

    I can't post a link, I keep getting message error notice when I do.

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    The link is www.IHaveANotiononlineblog/store.com

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    That link doesn't work. I cannot post it. The post will not accept the link for me. :?: :?: I'll try this way.

    ihaveanotiondotblogspotdotcom

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    I use schmetz microtex sharp 80/12 for piecing and schmetz jeans 80/12 for machine quilting. I got these suggestions from a Paula Reid quilting video. I'd like to try the topstitching needles for machine quilting someday.

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    I use 12 and 9 size golden eye needles for hand quilting and hand patching.
    This is a link of the betweens wich is size 9.
    http://www.clewbayquilting.com/clove...eens-p-45.html

    For machine quilting I use only regular needles, the cheapest I can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I switched to Superior Titanium coated top stitch needles. They last 5 to 8 times longer then regular sewing needles so they save more money then they cost. They are made by Organ, the best needle manufacturer. You can get a free one at
    I Have A Notion online blog/store.

    I can't post a link, I keep getting message error notice when I do.
    Definitely be checking these out. Thanks for the tip, Bella!

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    Does anyone with a Janome 6600 use the titanium needles? I thought I read about some having problems but I can't remember if those were the needles or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I switched to Superior Titanium coated top stitch needles. They last 5 to 8 times longer then regular sewing needles so they save more money then they cost. They are made by Organ, the best needle manufacturer. You can get a free one at
    I Have A Notion online blog/store.

    I can't post a link, I keep getting message error notice when I do.
    I switched to these a while ago. They really last, and I have had no problem with them. They cost a bit more than others, but well worth it in the long run. I use them in my Brother & Pfaff.

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    WOW! Thanks for the suggestion for the schmetz Microtexs!
    I picked some up and it made me fall in love with my featherweight all over again.

    I had been using my Juki DDL8700 (commercial type) and it was pulling at the end of the piece. The combo of the needle and the featherweight really fixed that and my seams are approaching perfect!

    You guys are the best.

    I just got my titaniums for the juki. Can't wait to try them. I bust the others so easily.

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    My machine isn't finicky so no matter what thread I use I don't have to change my needle. I normally use the inspira brand and I use either quilting or universal for everything; never had a problem

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