This week, the topic is needles. I picked it because I am thrilled to have found the right ones for the work I do. Andrea from Creative House suggested that I use Topstitching needles for free motion. I use them for threadpainting as well. The threads don't shed & break at the eye. The reason they don't break for me now is because top-stitching needles have a groove past the eye where the thread can lie tucked away from all the wear & tear while puncturing the fabric.
|See the spooned-out groove at either end of the needles' eye?|
The same holds true for handstitching such as redwork, crewel, and binding too! If you use these crewel needles, you'll notice that there won't be that final tug & pop as you pull the end of the needle through. Again, this is because the groove allows for the threads to tuck away and essentially create less bulk. That is how I make all those french knots through canvas without a thimble and without sore fingers.
I'm happy to find the topstitching needles really help with quilting. I've had lots of advice: quilting needles, jeans/denim needles, who cares - use universal needles, use only Janome needles... I've heard it all. I wish my machine wasn't so darn picky. So, thank you Andrea for your great advice!
Any other tips on needles? Ha ha - no that's not meant to be a pun. Leave your comment below. There's lots to learn about needles (size, storage, how often do you change them, etc). Thank you!