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Question for the week of February 21, 2005:
Our question this week comes from brucerunion:
Whenever I am working on a quilt I go through several needles because I bend them every time. What can I do to stop this?
Assuming your discussing handquilting, I also bend several needles per quilt, sometimes even snapping them! I have less trouble if I give the quilt a little more slack in the hoop but keep it taut enough to maintain a nice stitch. Experiment with the tension. Good luck:)
Gloria Jean Johnston :
Not sure what you are asking for! Hand piecing, hand quilting, machine piecing, machine quilting?
Try different sizes and brands of needles. Some are better than others. I bend needles too, but found the Roxannes better than others. Everyone seems to have their own favorites - so keep trying them till you find one you are satified with. You may just have to live with using several needles per quilt.
I guess because I am not a hand quilter either, I answered from my own viewpoint didn't I? I wonder if that is why they call those short sharp needles hand quilters use...."sharps"? Would the shorter and sharper needles hold up longer without bending? I guess we need a hand quilter to join in this search for an answer.
Kathy in WA :
Sheila's response makes me wonder if I am reading the question right. I thought it was hand needles bending. Hand quilting friends talk about that happening. I have no advice if it is as I don't have the patience for much hand work.
One more time....usually a size 11 needle is good for all types of sewing. Unless you are using a heavier fabric, then a size 14 should be adequate.
It may be that you need sharper sewing machine needles so they go through the fabric instead of bending. OR, somehow your seams must be turned in a direction that they have too much thickness. Do you stagger the direction your seams are pressed when you sew your pieces together?
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