Open Line Friday–Needle Sizes, Collecting

Vintage Sewing ScissorsGood Morning, Quilters!

Welcome back to Open Line Friday–Everyone Asks, Everyone Answers!

NEEDLE SIZE

This week, I received a great question from Kathy about needle sizes.  She asks if a size 90 needle will leave large holes in the fabric.

I use size 90 needles regularly and I don’t have a problem with holes.  However, it is somewhat dependent on fabric.  Some fabrics are less forgiving-like very tightly woven fabrics.  In which case, you may have to create samples to see if  you notice the holes.  If so, you may be forced to chose a lighter weight thread to accommodate the smaller needle.  (Remember, we choose the TYPE of needle based on our sewing application–e.g. quilting or piecing, and we choose the SIZE of the needle based on the WEIGHT of the thread.)  See more in the The 80/50 Rule post.

On the other hand, if you DO see holes, they may relax with a spritz of water or as soon as you wash the quilt.

These are the little things that require testing.

Does anyone have any other thoughts about this question?  We’d LOVE to hear!

Vintage Sewing ScissorsCOLLECTING

Today my question is:  Do YOU collect anything?

(Besides fabric, thread, rulers…)

It doesn’t have to be sewing related.
Vintage Sewing ScissorsA few years ago, I found a pair of vintage scissors at an antique store for $5.  Every since then I keep my eyes peeled for vintage scissors.  I hope to create a wall hanging with them at some point.

I’m really amazed by the variety and the beauty.  Some are still functional, but most are not.

What I like most about them, is the connection with seamstresses from long ago…I wonder what beautiful dresses, quilts, projects they made with their shears…if only the scissors could talk!

Vintage Sewing Scissors

 

The  Scissor Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

 

What about YOU?  Do YOU collect anything?

We’d love to hear!

Do YOU have any questions this week?  We’d love to know!

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!

 

Open Line Friday–Mysteries…

Mystery Books

 

Good Morning, Quilters!

I’d like to take a minute to welcome all of you who have joined us from QuiltViews.  We are thrilled to have you join us.  Thank you to Ann for the “shout-out”.   Make sure you sign up for this great newsletter-tips, techniques, and ideas from American Quilter Society.

Today is OPEN LINE FRIDAY….

We reserve Fridays for Questions…Anyone can ask…EVERYONE answers!  There are  more than 6000 of us with all kinds of quilting experience.  If you have a question, chances are, someone else does, too…and chances are someone in the group will have the answer.

Mystery Books

SEARCHES

I frequently get questions about how to find a previous post.  I don’t mind answering those questions–usually I can put my mouse on it in just a few clicks…but you may find it faster by using the “search” function in the sidebar. (If you are reading this on an iPhone, the “search” function may be at the end of the post.)

I recently had a question about choosing a Needle.  I usually recommend free motion quilting with a Topstitch 80 or 90 depending on your thread weight.  Topstitch needles have a slightly rounded Sharp tip, a large eye and  a deep groove for the thread.  For more about threads, you might like:  How to Choose a Needle for Free Motion Quilting .

Mystery Books

MYSTERY

I hope you are all enjoying our Mystery Quilt-a-Long as much as I am….

What about YOU?  Do you enjoy (non-quilting) mysteries? How many of the Top 100 have you read? Do you have any books or movies to recommend?

I am currently reading The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey.  It’s listed as one of the best mystery books of all time.

We’d love to hear YOUR recommendations…

Also, if you have any questions…

We’d LOVE to help…

Signed,

Q**

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, share or tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

**Quilter, of course!

Free Motion Quilting: The 80/50 Rule

Spool and Thread, Free Motion QuiltingNot sure which size needle to use for free motion quilting?  

Instead of consulting those huge charts…

Just remember the 80/50 rule.

THE 80/50 RULE

50 weight thread pairs with a size 80 needle.

If your thread is heavier (smaller number)–40 wt or 30 wt–try a larger needle–90 or above.

For instance…I often use 40 wt  Sulky Rayon and a size 90 needle.

If your thread is finer–60 wt, try a smaller needle:  size 70

Spool and Thread, Free Motion Quilting

Just a rule of thumb…a place to start

This is for all sewing…not just free motion quilting.

NOT SURE WHAT TYPE OF NEEDLE FOR FMQ?

Increasingly, I use a Topstitch Needle.

It has sharp point, a large oval eye and a deep groove that protects the thread.

Just a quick tip—and a little “visual aid”…

May your stitches be happy,

Lori

LOL–We reached 5,080 followers today!  What a coincidence! 50-80!

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, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!