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What size needle do you use to sew on binding?

Old 04-29-2012, 01:47 PM
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I have machine sewn my double fold binding onto my gd quilt, and now am blind stitching it onto the back of the quilt. I am using my between that I hand quilt with, and then the thought struck me. Why have I done this for years? That needle is so short, that I have finger cramps from gripping and pulling that dang short needle. Is there any reason why I can't use a regular length needle? i am regular sewing a blind stitch. Is this a light bulb event for me?
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I have machine sewn my double fold binding onto my gd quilt, and now am blind stitching it onto the back of the quilt. I am using my between that I hand quilt with, and then the thought struck me. Why have I done this for years? That needle is so short, that I have finger cramps from gripping and pulling that dang short needle. Is there any reason why I can't use a regular length needle? i am regular sewing a blind stitch. Is this a light bulb event for me?
Silly girl! BUT, you are forgiven and can now go forth and use your regular needle.
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you can use any needle you want- it's you doing the sewing! i never use betweens (even when hand quilting- i hate the short short needles) i generally use a sharp- or a milner (straw needle) to stitch my bindings- the size needle is dependant on what thread i am using- often for hand stitching - bindings, piecing, applique- i use silk thread so i use fine thin needles= but fairly long- sharps- being the most popular general sewing needle i have the largest supply of & use the most- in sizes from 8, 10, 12 & 14's
i also have a good supply of John James Milner's (which are quite long) generally in 10's & 12's
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I use embroidery needles for most of my hand sewing. Go buy a pack of assorted needles and pick the one that suits your hand best.
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I usually just grab whatever needle is handy, with no clue as to its size. If it's too big, I'll grab the next handiest one. Yes, I am now hanging my head, in shame.
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Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
you can use any needle you want- it's you doing the sewing! i never use betweens (even when hand quilting- i hate the short short needles) i generally use a sharp- or a milner (straw needle) to stitch my bindings- the size needle is dependant on what thread i am using- often for hand stitching - bindings, piecing, applique- i use silk thread so i use fine thin needles= but fairly long- sharps- being the most popular general sewing needle i have the largest supply of & use the most- in sizes from 8, 10, 12 & 14's
i also have a good supply of John James Milner's (which are quite long) generally in 10's & 12's
Oh the things I learn... silk thread for binding. Why didn't I think of that??? I always used hand quilting thread. It would be nice to have one set of thread that I can use for applique and binding.
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I use an embroidery needle and regular thread, the same color as binding.
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I like to use small-eyed (like a 9 or 10), short, needles which work best for me. The small needle is easier for me to manipulate. It's just a matter of preference as to what each person likes. My Mother (she's gone now) taught me to use the small needles when I was young. Guess it always just stuck with me...
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:26 AM
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Duh, silk thread makes so much sense to use for the binding too!!! I use it for applique, and I am going to finish the binding with silk thread. So many kinds of thread, but when I am educated, I use my education!!!
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