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    Okay, feeling uber-dumb, but here goes: What size machine needle do you folks use when piecing using regular quilting cotton fabric? Seems I ought to know, but then I start second-guessing every little thing....

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    I use Schmetz universal needle 80/12.

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    Not uber-dumb at all
    I use to use a universal needle, but recently took an online class and the instructor recommended sharp topstitch - an 80/12 for lighter thread (and invisible thread) and a 90/14 for heavier threads. I just have started using these, by Schmetz, and I like them so far.

    The reason she said for the sharp needle is that a universal needle still has a little ball on the end to go through knits, and that you don't want that for cotton. I had never paid much attention to my needle, but I like how this one is sewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marebear View Post
    Not uber-dumb at all
    I use to use a universal needle, but recently took an online class and the instructor recommended sharp topstitch - an 80/12 for lighter thread (and invisible thread) and a 90/14 for heavier threads. I just have started using these, by Schmetz, and I like them so far.

    The reason she said for the sharp needle is that a universal needle still has a little ball on the end to go through knits, and that you don't want that for cotton. I had never paid much attention to my needle, but I like how this one is sewing.
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    Thanks, Quilty Friends!! This is why I am almost as addicted to this forum as I am to quilting!

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    Well, glad you asked that question. I just learned something too.
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    I use 80/12 for piecing and 90/14 for quilting.


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    Wow - Thanks for asking I've been using the Schmitz Universal 80/12 -- didn't know they were suppose to be Sharps!! Cool

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    I had my Bernina 830 for 2 1/2 years and couldn't sew 40 wt. spools of thread. I asked the dealer's wife why the thread kept breaking. She didn't know. I asked my LQS owner, she didn't know. I asked at another forum, no on knew. I finally asked the dealer himself and he asked what size needle I used. I said "whatever was on my sewing machine'. He went and got a 100 needle and put in my 40 wt. Mettler and it sewed like a dream. I told him my machine hated varigated thread and would break constantly. Keeping the 100 needle, he used the varigated thread and it worked perfectly. I was using the wrong size needle for 2 1/2 years. I had to buy lots of cones of Presencia thread - cones for $25 - 50 wt. so the thread wouldn't break. And it was all because I didn't know I was using too small of a needle. If you go to Superior Threads, they have a Univeristy that you can copy that will tell you what size needle to use with what thread. I made many copies of that. Now I can do machine applique with colored thread!!! I didn't know that the size of the needle mattered except for jeans.
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    I learned something here today too! I have ben struggling with this, and not remembering when I buy them, but learned to buy ball point ones since they havea sharper point. I bought ones specifically for quilting - called "quilting needles" (for machine) and I haven't used them yet (I buy with 50% off coupon and keep some in "stock") But the 80 or 90 - can never remember that but will now write it down (duh!!!!) and put it in my wallet for next time!

    I had heard it was poly thread for the top quilting/FMQ and cotton thread for piece assembly, but no diff in the needles. Now I know!

    I also learned by accident on my Singer Quantum 9960 - the threader featuer (where you pull the little arm thing down and push the thread into the tiny little claw thingy and then release and it threads the needle) I recently learned quite by accident that it only works with SINGER brand needles! I had fits with it not working and having to thread my my own eyeball and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work. I was using universal brand. I then on sale, bought Singer brand as they were cheaper with my coupon, and suddenly, the threader was working like a charm! I forget now how I put the two together to figure this out...or maybe I read it and forgot it in my "stash" in my mind and the light blub just went off (albeit belatedly!) But I will now only use SInger brand needles to be able to use that threader!

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