Needle types

One of my fave bloggers, Nichole from Nichole in Real Life, posted the other day about sewing needles. It drew a lot of educational comments, including one from Leah about a needles co-op she uses on Yahoo. You can get a pack of 100 Organ needles for around $10! I felt I definitely had to share about the co-op -- they're taking orders through May 30, so hurry over and place your order.

On to the real reason for this post: what type of needles do you use? I had one person comment that she uses 80/12 needles for absolutely everything. I make everything from bags to quilts to baby gifts, so I use an 11 for light piecing to a 16 for topstitching and piecing heavy layers. Should I get a pack of 80/12's only and use them for everything? Decisions decisions!

What do you use and why?

1 comment:

  1. Well, I'd definitely get the 80/12s... but if you feel like springing for the second most used needle size, I would do that too. Try them for a while, if it's a good match then when the next co-op order comes up you get more variety.

    If it's not a good match, you're just out of $20, or less, depending on how many needles you did use. But I just love the guilt-free feeling of changing a needle any time I think it needs a change. I don't have to wait until I'm getting ugly stitches or it's making a funny popping sound into the fabric.


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