Titanium Needles Revisited

Sewing Machine NeedlesGood Morning, Quilters!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my reluctance to try titanium needles. (Read more HERE)

I was afraid that this “superhero” metal–“forged in the depths of supernovas”(from Facts about Titanium HERE)

was just too strong…and might cause damage to my machine (or finger) if I made a mistake….

However, YOU all told me—YOU love titanium needles!!!

I decided to talk to Bob…

Of course, YOU all know Bob–from Superior Threads

He set me straight on titanium needles!

Bob, Superior Threads

First of all, they are titanium coated–the tip has a very light coat of titanium sprayed on…

(When you think about it…titanium needles would be too expensive to produce!)

The titanium coating keeps the needle sharper far longer than standard needles–as much as five times longer!

Because the needles are only slightly more expensive…seems like a very good deal!

Sewing Machine NeedlesI picked up my favorite–Topstitch needles.  I like the #90 for the 40 and 28 wt threads I frequently use, as well as an assortment pack of Topstitch needles for other weights of thread.

Sewing Machine NeedlesI am always excited to try new things!

Thank YOU for helping me set the record straight!

Be sure to check out Superior’s website.  The Educational Articles HERE are truly superior and I love many of their threads–like Magnifico, MicroQuilter, King Tut….

Happy not-so-straight stitching!

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

The Spring Sampler–The Double Loop Vine

Spring Sampler Double Loop VineGood Morning, Quilters!

How are YOUR Spring Samplers coming along?

Do you have any questions?

Last week I received a few questions on stabilization…I will discuss my method more on Friday–and we will open it up to “Open Line Friday”–Would love to hear YOUR tips and techniques…

THE SPRING SAMPLER–DOUBLE LOOP VINE

Today we will add the Double Loop Vine motif to the  two plain borders on either side of the center.  (The rows that are not pieced half square triangles.)

The Double Loop Vine is a modern motif and can be used in place of traditional feathers in any quilt border.  It is easier than Feathers too!

Double Loop Vine, Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

(Find the Double Loop Vine on page 74 of Free Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3 HERE  and online HERE)

MARK THE QUILT

Begin by drawing a shallow wavy line along the border.

(I prefer chalk for marking.)

Spring Sampler Double Loop VineBegin stitching along the drawn wavy line.  Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

Add a loop.  Stop with the needle down.

Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

Reverse direction and add a small inner loop.

Stitch along the drawn line again.

Spring Sampler Double Loop VineContinue adding double loops and stitching along the drawn line:

Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine
Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

At the end of the row, stitch back from right to left…adding double loops.  Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

 

Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine
Leave a small space between the rows to create a double line in between the leaves.Spring Sampler Double Loop Vine

Complete the first row. Knot off and begin the second border of The Double Loop vine.

Beautiful!  Beautiful!

Happy, Happy Stitching Stitching,

Lori-Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!