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

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Titanium Needles?

Good Morning, Quilters!

Just a quick tip (pun intended) about Titanium sewing machine needles…

At an educational seminar at the BERNINA Creative Center, the technical director confirmed that Titanium needles are much stronger and last much longer than standard needles.

The down side to extra-strong needles?

When things go awry–as they often do…

Titanium needles can do much more damage to your sewing machine than a needle that breaks more readily.

Damaging your sewing machine is bad enough, but…

Many of you may remember this image:

Xray Sewing Machine Needle in Index Finger

I stitched through my finger and the needle shattered.

Thank goodness the needle broke!

I shudder to think if it hadn’t!

READ MORE:

Inattentive Quilting-A Cautionary Tale

What YOU can Learn from My Injury

Titanium needles?

Not for this quilter!

Learned-my-lesson-Lori

PS…All tutorials, images (including X-rays), 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–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!