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Kim Z Posted: Sat, Sep 10 2011 5:24 PM

When beginning hand quilting each night, I thread 5 needles with my thread right away.  I put them through my "Thread Heaven" and put  them in a pin cushion beside me.  Then when I'm done with one length, I can just put it down and pick up another threaded needle.  Then when all 5 are done, I thread the 5 again and continue.  I usually go through 2 sets of needles each night I quilt. 

 

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Great tip.  I will also do this when I am hand quilting, it was something I learned from my grandmotther who does her quilting by hand.

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Ginny replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 6:24 PM

That's a great tip. As the night wears on, I am having difficulty seeing where to put the thread. Thanks a lot.   Ginny

 

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KATHY replied on Mon, Oct 3 2011 9:34 PM

thanks for the tip!  I usually use 2 needles.  5 is a good number!

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Ginny replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 7:20 AM

Wow, I forget who suggested threading 5 needles but,  Boy does that make things go faster.  I was skeptical at first.  Now I'm a believer. ....Ginny

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Linny t replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 11:56 AM

Thanks, Kim.  This sounds really efficient.  I'll try it next time I hand quilt.

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Thea replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 1:04 PM

that is a great tip - I usually thread the needles all together and just pull the thread through the needle I want - if that makes any sense... I do this for my embroidery too - like right now I have the needles ready to go for the embroidered quilt I am working on - by the night time I can't see to thread them at all and my hands do not like to work - so early in the day I do this.

 

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Ginny replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 3:09 PM

That is what made it easier for me.  I have difficulty threading the needles after morning, it seems there is just not enough light for me to see the needle eye later in the day.....ginny

 

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Thea replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 4:11 PM

Ginny - you said it - I found last week working at the store with the new lights what I was missing at home - we have a chandelier in the front living room and it only takes 60 watt bulbs - oh those lights at the shop were awesome... My eyes really get tired by the end of the day - just like the rest of me - but then - a new day starts with a new spoon to use!

 

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Sukochi replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 5:54 PM

Ginny, I use one of those plastic needle threaders. It works like a charm. Without it, I could never thread a needle. They are not terribly expensive and are well made. I have used mine for over 3 years and it is just like the day I bought it. Oh, got it a JoAnns.

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Ginny replied on Tue, Oct 4 2011 8:02 PM

I have one of the little wire ones that my grandmother bought at JL Hudsons.  It still has the price tag dangling from it. It was 5 cents when she bought it.  I don't like to use it much though. It seems so fragile.   I liked the idea of threading a number of needles when you first start.  Just seems to go so quickly ....Ginny

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