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Kristin (KAlbrecht) posted on Tue, Dec 25 2012 8:28 AM

Good Morning --

I am wondering a few things about needles in general.

What size needles do you prefer for

  • Machine piecing
  • Paper piecing
  • Hand sewing the binding

Also, does anybody have a good source for buying needles in bulk?  I am looking to buy them in bulk instead of the 5-packs that are sold at JoAnn's.


Kristin Lee WICKMAN Albrecht  

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Diana replied on Tue, Dec 25 2012 8:46 AM

Check out   You can get 100 Schmetz needles for about $45 which is a great price.   Hope this helps out.

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Kris replied on Tue, Dec 25 2012 9:48 PM

All Brands also sells needles in bulk. I like Organ. Price depends on material from which needle is made.

Here's an article on machine needles and how to choose them.

This one is about hand sewing needles..

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ls2116 replied on Tue, Dec 25 2012 10:17 PM

This was great info for me.  I always buy schmets 5 pk, and didn't know they were available in bulk. Thanks for asking ?

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Kristin, I usually use a 90/14 for the majority of my piecing but that is because I do mostly foundation piecing and this size works best with the multiple layers.  I usually use the same when doing paper piecing.

To purchase my needles I use my 40 or 50% off coupons at JoAnn's whenever I am in there.  The store in my city sells needles in 10 packs and the coupon makes them reasonable.  This allows me to stock up at a better price.

I like the price Diana quoted and will be looking into this for future purchases. 

Good luck.



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I really like the organ needles for piecing. I use the needles I buy from Nolting in my quilt machine and cannot remember the name of them off hand - they are the ones they recommend and as much as the machine cost I figure if they cost a little bit more I'm not going to quibble (I'm not really sure they are more expensive)

Thanks for the links Kris.

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