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    I am hand stitching the back of the binding on an all batik quilt. I'm having a terrible time. I have gotten several sizes of new hand sewing needles out and have such a hard time getting them thru the fabric. These are the same brands I have used in the past on many different quilts--never a batik --with out a problem. What kind of needles do you use to hand sew the bindings. Any difference with batiks.

    #2
    Re: Different kind of question

    Have you tried straw/milliner's needles? Here's a link to a suggestion for needles for hand applique using batiks.
    http://allaboutapplique.net/category/batik/
    *~* Myrna *~*
    *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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      #3
      Re: Different kind of question

      Batiks are different and will dull needles quickly for some reason. I suspect that is the problem you are having.
      pat.

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        #4
        Re: Different kind of question

        Didn't realize batiks would dull a needle faster. Make sense the cloth is so tightly woven. It also seems like the darker colors in a strip are harder to sew then the light colors. Haven't tried straw needles have heard of them but haven't found them locally and never seem to remember them when I make an order on line. Thanks for all the good advice

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          #5
          Re: Different kind of question

          I sew the binding on by machine. I use a Microtex needle which works better for the tightly woven fabric. Unless it's a really special gift, I no longer hand sew the bindings on any of my quilts. I do them all on the machine. It's so much faster & easier.
          Last edited by JCY; December 23, 2016, 04:49 PM. Reason: Additional info.

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            #6
            Re: Different kind of question

            I've decided that sewing the binding on by machine might give the binding longer life , especially for young people. They aren't as careful as an adult. Not that they should be!! I say let kids be kids. Give those heirloom quilts to them when they are older.

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              #7
              Re: Different kind of question

              I just made a quilt with batiks and hand finished the binding. I use japanese embroidery needles for all my handwork. They have a long narrow eye that is easy to thread and seem to go thru the fabric really nicely.
              Patrice S

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                #8
                Re: Different kind of question

                try running the needle against your scalp, will give just enough oil on tip of needle for easier sewing.

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                  #9
                  Re: Different kind of question

                  I am hand quilting a batik quilt and found that John James Gold'nGlide needles made all the difference! I use size 9 for quilting and to sew down the binding. Fabulous needles - the glide thru batiks and stay very sharp!

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