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Thread: What thread and needle do you use when you hand applique?

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    I ordered all my silk thread on line, took me almost 2 years to get all the colors and that was at least 3 years ago so they may have new colors now. I would order 4 to 6 at a time. I LOVE this thread. I do have a collection of aurfil on bobbins, 3 of us would order a collection, wind it on bobbins and split the cost. I don't seem to use it much since I got the silk.
    Always trying new needles.

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    I use #8 betweens. and coats and clark hand quilting thread. I bought some #10 needles once but I can't get the thread through the eye of the needles. can someone tell me why I cant thread the #10s? I even tried to use one of those needle threaders, no luck.

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    I also use the bottom line in the pale beige almost mocha color and I use it for the whole thing... it sissapears so well... I did use the silk, but I don't know if it was a bad spool but it kept snappin/breaking and I was threading my needle all the time... a veteran LAQ and hand appliquer turned me on the thebottom line thread,and I love it!!! the straw needles thin and long!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    What thread do you use when you hand applique? What needle do you use?
    Thanks everyone.
    For hand applique I use Superior Threads' Bottom Line, usually pale green, never shows.
    As to needles, I use whatever's handy: sharps or betweens.
    No rules - I use the same thread and needles for piecing, applique and quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma Janice
    I use #8 betweens. and coats and clark hand quilting thread. I bought some #10 needles once but I can't get the thread through the eye of the needles. can someone tell me why I cant thread the #10s? I even tried to use one of those needle threaders, no luck.
    If you are trying to thread a #10 with hand quilting thread; it is to thick for the tiny needle eye.
    What stitch do you applique with using hand quilting thread? I do needle turn and don't want to see my stitches, ie: thin thread that sinks into the tiny seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    Quote Originally Posted by grandma Janice
    I use #8 betweens. and coats and clark hand quilting thread. I bought some #10 needles once but I can't get the thread through the eye of the needles. can someone tell me why I cant thread the #10s? I even tried to use one of those needle threaders, no luck.
    If you are trying to thread a #10 with hand quilting thread; it is to thick for the tiny needle eye.
    What stitch do you applique with using hand quilting thread? I do needle turn and don't want to see my stitches, ie: thin thread that sinks into the tiny seam.
    I do a needle turn and I hide my stitches. I have never tried silk thread. Is it a thinner thread?

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    yes the silk is a thin thread--- you have to do that special knot at the eye so it does not slip on you ...try it and see if you like it .. really hides the stitch... I may try it again... but it will have to not be an old stock try the silk with the #10!! you will see a difference!!

    Quote Originally Posted by grandma Janice
    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    Quote Originally Posted by grandma Janice
    I use #8 betweens. and coats and clark hand quilting thread. I bought some #10 needles once but I can't get the thread through the eye of the needles. can someone tell me why I cant thread the #10s? I even tried to use one of those needle threaders, no luck.
    If you are trying to thread a #10 with hand quilting thread; it is to thick for the tiny needle eye.
    What stitch do you applique with using hand quilting thread? I do needle turn and don't want to see my stitches, ie: thin thread that sinks into the tiny seam.
    I do a needle turn and I hide my stitches. I have never tried silk thread. Is it a thinner thread?

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    silk thread sort of melts into the fabric; yes is it thin.

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    I'll have to give that a try. Thanks for the info. guess your never too old to learn something new.

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    I use DMC embroidery thread and a #11 between.

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    I also use the DMC Embroidery thread,I use four of the strands. I have quilts I did for my grandmother and the stitching is still holding up. My needles are generally just some good sharps.

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