Today I wanted to share with you a bit about needles. Many people have asked me what needles I like to use for different types of sewing. As a novice, I didn't think it mattered much, but as I got more experienced, I realized a good needle really makes a difference! A fellow blogging friend, Karen H of Fairies and Fibers mentioned my preference of needle for English Paper Piecing, so I thought I'd continue the conversation a bit!
I learned to love a Richard Hemming Milliner Needle size 11 for Applique. It is nice and long for me to hold onto easily. A milliner is the same as a Straw Needle. I used to use a John James Straw size 10 for Applique, then my hands became a bit swollen over the years and I switched to the Hemming brand because they are longer. These two needles feel the same as they glide through the fabric, nice and smooth. They work well for Applique because they are thin enough to leave no hole in the side of the fold while stitching. A very nice smooth needle turned edge! If you compare a larger needle with these for Needleturn Applique you will see the difference and feel the difference as well!
For English Paper Piecing I like the very same needles. They glide through the edges of the two pieces and the narrowness of the Milliner will not leave much of a hole. There is one difference here. If I am sewing the pieces together WITH the paper in, I use a Hemming size 10, which is a larger needle. The larger size will resist going through the paper and thus you can reuse your papers, plus, the stitches won't show on the front after the two pieces are sewn together. If I am sewing the pieces together WITHOUT the papers inside the pieces, which you know is possible if you've seen my starch basting method, I use a size 11 so that the needle can glide right through the edges of the pieces and will not show on the front. These needles are great for my handwork Piecing and Applique needs!
What needles do you love for a specific sewing technique and why do you love them? Leave a comment so we can all learn a little something! Thanks for sharing!
The new Punch Needle And Primitive Stitching magazine arrived and I am excited to share my project fearured in the magazine, the Memory Keeper Journal Cover. Looks like this will be another great primitive magazine for all of us who love that touch of Prim! There are many darling projects in this Premier Issue!
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