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

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    What thread do you use when you hand applique? What needle do you use?

    Thanks everyone.

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    Are you asking for hand or machine applique ?

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    For hand and machine appliqué I use YLI Silk thread. It sinks in the fabric.

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    I always use a #11, Richard Hemming and Son, milliners needle and YLI thread.
    Karen

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    for hand applique as I stopped by a quilt shop today, and so confusing with all of the needles and they didn't have silk thread

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    where do you find Richard Hemming and son needles at?

    Quote Originally Posted by shequilts
    I always use a #11, Richard Hemming and Son, milliners needle and YLI thread.
    Karen

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    Last time I just used the betweens 10 and Clarks and Coats thread . I have also done it with just regular hand sewing needles :wink:

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    I use silk thread and a straw needle usually. I also use a thimble:)

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    I use John James #10 quilting needles and DMC 50 wt cotton thread.

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    Just curious ... what did the store suggest ?

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    I like Richard Hemmings milliners neeles, also. Size 11 is very thin, which is what I like to applique. Superior threads "Masterpiece" is a very thin thread that disappears as you stitch. I also use Mettler 60 weight, very thin also. I want to try DMC someday. Superior makes a "frosted donut" that has all their colors of Masterpiece in bobbins and a holder for them. It is great, I often use lots of colors in applique, but I don't need big spools of it, nor the expense.

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    they really didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Just curious ... what did the store suggest ?

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    What are you making ?

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    [quote=craftybear]where do you find Richard Hemming and son needles at?

    I buy them at my LQS. I have bought them other places, so they aren't unique. However, you won't find them at JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, etc. The YLI thread is silk, I don't know if I told you that or not.
    If you can't find the needles, let me know. I'll send you a pack.
    Karen

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    Are you doing needle turned applique? I love to see pictures of these quilts :D:D:D

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    I use silk thread, which I buy in neutral colors - it blends in and is practically invisible. For needles, I use either sharps or straws, depending on how I feel.

    In the past, I've used Coats and Clarks, cotton floss, and 60 weight cotton. If you match the color of the thread to the applique the stitches will still be hard to see, which is what you want...unless you're doing the button hole stitch. For that, I've used hand quilting thread and cotton floss. I think a lot of quilters use pearl cotton for the buttonhole stitch, too.

    You can find silk thread online - I think Keepsake Quilting has it, among others. My local shop didn't carry it for a long time, and now they only carry a few colors. It is expensive, but a spool lasts a real long time.

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    No. 9 or 10 straw (milliner's) needles and Aurifil thread.

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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 craftybear
    What thread do you use when you hand applique? What needle do you use?

    Thanks everyone.
    my favorite is aurfil and I use mettler 60/2 also...don't use silk finish but I know others do...www.pacificrim.com carries aurifil and their shipping is only 2.95

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    I use YLI silk thread with a #10 Bohn milliners needle. The eye of the needle doesn't wear the thread as much as the other brand of needles, therefore, you can use a longer strand of thread and does not pull out of the eye as much.

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    For hand applique I use Mettler 60 weight. It has green writing on the spool, and sixe 8, 10, or 12 platinum needles. It works great even on batiks.

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    I am taking a needle turned applique class at my LQS and our instructor has us using #11 straw needles (Jeanna Kimball) and YLI silk thread (neutal colors).

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    Hmmmmmm....I am the oddball here. I do needle turn and use Robinson-Anton Rayon and the 8 or 9 in betweens....

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    I use a #9 Embroidery and whatever cotton thread I have that matches. I prefer Sulky or Metler - haven't tried all these new threads that have been coming to the forefront. Don't like Metler for machine as it's really linty, but it's fine for hand applique. I'd use silk if DH had a job. Don't really like Coats & Clark as it breaks too easily from being in a needle with a small eye.

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    I use a #10 between needle as I like a short small needle and regular all purpose thread. I don't have any trouble hiding my stitches but I have been thinking of trying the silk thread but can't find it in this area. I've tried all the local quilt shops.

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