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Large eyed needle
Posted: March 10, 2010, 2:22 PM
I am trying to use a 30 weight thread,
but it breaks, due to the eye of the needle not being large enough.
I typically use a Bernina with a topstitch needle- so metallics
and heavy threads flow easily through the eye
what can I use with the handi quilter that is comparable?
Re: Large eyed needle
Posted: March 12, 2010, 12:18 PM
What size needle are you using right now? We have 4 sizes of needles for the Handi Quilter--Size 14, 16, 18, and 20. The size 14 is the smallest and the 20 is the largest. As the needle goes up in size, the groove that the thread rests in gets larger and the eye of the needle gets larger to accomodate the thicker thread. If you use a needle that is too small for the thread you are sewing with, it will cause the thread to shred or break.
It is very important that you use the needle system made for the Handi Quilter. You can not use just any needle you have for other sewing machines. You can purchase needles for the Handi Quilter from us or from your local rep.
A good guide to use for determining what size needle to use for a particular thread you are going to sew with is as follows:
NEEDLE SIZE- THREADS
14/90- Cotton or poly: 60 wt.; Silk (100 wt.);
monofilament, holographic, some light
16/100- Cotton and poly: 60 wt., 50 wt., 40 wt.;
monofilament, holographic, metalic
18/110- Cotton, poly: 50 wt., 40 wt., 30 wt.;
20/120- Cotton, poly: 30 wt., 20 wt., 12 wt.
I hope this helps you in determining the size needle that best for the threads you are using.
Handi Quilter Studio Educator