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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    Hi, everyone. I enjoy learning from all of you, but rarely post myself.

    Anyone have a recommendation for a thin, but larger eyed hand appliqué needle? I've tried a few and can't seem to find one I can consistently thread with three strands (or more) DMC floss. I haven't tried a self threading needle yet as the ones I've seen still have a small eye...

    I'd appreciate any feedback you may have.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    Have you considered straw needles?

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    I'll have to check straw needles out! Are they fairly easy to find?

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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    I use Thimblelady's XL needles. They are long, thin, and have a large eye. I regularly big stitch quilt with 3 strands of floss.

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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    I find the TL needles extremely thin and they are always breaking on me. I like the Fons & Porter hand applique needles. They are on the long-ish side but that's why I like them. They come in a pkg with several diff sizes and I think I got them at JA.
    For big stitch quilting I use Dritz brand embroidery needles the pkg says size 1/5, and perle cotton thread #8. The Dritz have a fairly large eye. I don't think the F&P eye is big enough for 3 strands of floss. I don't know why you want to big stitch with floss though I think the Perle 8's give a much better look, and it is ready to use so you don't have to separate it like you do with floss.
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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    The TL needles broke on me when I first started using them, I had to learn the feel of them. But, I figured out that the batting I was using was a big part of the problem. I used to use Warm and Natural for everything. Now I know that it is too hard to hand quilt through. I was having to put a lot of pressure on the needle to get it through the batting. Once I switched batting, no more broken needles. I love how thin and long the TL needles are, others feel too thick now. Just my personal preference. Find a brand/style that fits the way you stitch. Needles are generally cheap enough that you can buy a few different ones and try them out.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    I'm assuming she wants to applique, not hand quilt.

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    Thank you, everyone for the suggestions. I'll try the thimble lady's and Dritz out.

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    Default Re: HAND APPLIQUÉ NEEDLES

    Quote Originally Posted by MissyB View Post
    Thank you, everyone for the suggestions. I'll try the thimble lady's and Dritz out.
    I can send you some TL needles to try out, because you might not know they come all the way from Australia so that would be pretty expense of that's the only item you are getting.

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    I like John James Crewel Embroidery needle size 9 with the long eye.

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