Saturday, November 24, 2012

Needles Matter

In the big scheme of things, these stitches are all small.  I was frustrated that I had snapped a small needle so I changed needles for the 3 magenta lines on the right, I used a Roxanne 11 which feels like every other brand 10 to me.  I found the tip to be relatively dull and took a lot of pressure to push it through.  Please note that there's variation in stitch length on all 3 lines.  I am stitching through a batik applique on the front, silk batting and an Ikea cotton sheet on the back (the side of this photo)

In contrast, the 2 lines of stitching on the left are using the same Aurifil thread, but a Piecemakers #12 needle.  Not only are they more consistent in size, but the stitch count dropped from 14 to 16 stitches per inch.  (In sections without the applique, stiches with the 12 needles vary 16-18/inch)

I know it seems a bit OCD...but even stitches are worth a change in needle for me.

6 comments:

Lynne said...

One day, when I grow up as a quilter, I want to learn how to do work like that!

ANudge said...

Finding the right needle is a challenge. Right now I am using Karen Kay Buckley's applique needles with a gold eye. They feel like I'm going through butter.

Julie Fukuda said...

I am still in hunting mode. I have one that works well but is very hard on my fingers. I am still looking for the maker of one needle I got hold of by accident and love.

LynCC said...

Thanks you for sharing, you guys. I'll be picking up some needles to try out. I've got Julie's right now. Brand new at hand quilting, getting a nice consistency now at right around 9-10 per inch (I'll get up there with you guys some day!), but the needle hurts my fingers after a few minutes.

Archie the wonder dog said...

What a difference! I've never really considered trying other brands of quilting needles (I've always used what my LQS sells - John James) but I think I'll be investigating what I can find over here...
Can't wait to see the front!

Celeste said...

Love Piecemakers needles! I agree, the wrong needle can really wreck the job. I can't applique with John James needles because it's as if the coating on them has drag. I can't remember if I've ever tried Clover quilting needles but I usually adore their products right down the line. I hated Roxanne's Glu-Baste-It so thanks for the warning on the needles. Carry on!