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    I just finished my first Edge to Edge quilting project using an embroidery machine. I had a REALLY tight deadline on this quilt and finished in the nick of time for a fund raiser. In other words, if things hadn't gone smoothly, I wouldn't have completed the quilt in time.

    I used a new kind of needle (for me): the Schmetz 130/705 H-Q Stepp-Nadel Quilting Needle, size 90/14. This needle performed like a champ. Not a single stitch skipped in a project with 64 hoopings. I did change once in the middle of the project simply because I hit my 40,000-stitch-change-your-embroidery-needle mark. But I only did that under an abundance of caution.

    So, of course, nerd that I am, I had to find out what Stepp-Nadel meant, but the Schmetz web site didn't say. I kept digging, and still couldn't find anything.

    Then I thought, "Well, 'nadel' could be German for 'needle,' " and Googled "translate German stepp." Guess what? "Stepp" is German for "quilt"!

    I guess I should have asked my question here on M*, because our German members could have told me much more quickly!

    Anybody know what the "130/705 H-Q" means?
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Great language lesson! I found some articles and I think what your looking for is called the needle system.

    http://www.servicethread.com/blog/ho...et-needle-size



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    Nice site, Lori. Thank you!
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    This document from Schmetz has info about needle size designations.
    http://www.schmetzneedles.com/learni...tic-needle.pdf
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    Toni, I'd love to see a picture of your Embroidery Machine Quilt! I have an embroidery machine and have been tempted to make a quilt of embroidered blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cv quilter View Post
    Toni, I'd love to see a picture of your Embroidery Machine Quilt! I have an embroidery machine and have been tempted to make a quilt of embroidered blocks.
    I'll post a picture after work today. You can see the quilting really well on the black border in the photo, so it will help you.
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGramma View Post
    I'll post a picture after work today. You can see the quilting really well on the black border in the photo, so it will help you.
    Thank you. Will watch for it...check back tonight.
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    Schmetz needles are really good quality.

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    I love the their size 75 quilting needles with 50 wt aurifil thread for piecing, also for SITD. I use 80/12 with 50 wt for FMQ, no fraying or breaking. Those needles just glide through ghe layers.
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    I'm glad you got the quilt finished in time without any hassles. Needles are so different. I used to think it didn't matter what needle I used, but it makes a big difference. Right now I'm using a 90 Microtex because I'm piecing with batiks that are really dense. My normal 80 needles made popping noises, big holes and skipped. Even with the 90 Microtex, I have to start my stitches slowly so the needle will puncture and not just punch the fabric down into the needle plate.

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