I am new on this site and am in need of some information that one of you may know about. OK...here goes...I am looking for something I saw online. I am not sure where I saw it but I think in was something new. It was a pair of needle-nose rubber tipped pliers used to pull needles through when they are stuck. I have looked on several sites looking for this item. I may have just dreamed about those handy dandy pliers because my thumb was so sore. If such a thing does not exist, can somebody invent them for me, please?
I do only hand quilting so far and I am in a hurry to finish a quilt for my grandbaby girl before the end of September. If my thumb had eyes it would be crying. I will be ever grateful for anybody's help on this one.
hi candi, welcome. i haven't seen the pliers. they make small round pieces of rubber they come several to a package, you can get a good grip on the needle with them, and they work good. gini
http://www.brewersewing.com/bqss_consumer/productmain.asp?brand=Fons%20%26%20Porter&STRING= and wouldn't you know it. fons and porter makes a pair, i think we get a discount from them
gini in north idaho
Candi Gordon: It was a pair of needle-nose rubber tipped pliers used to pull needles through when they are stuck
Carol click on the site below. I think this is what you saw
Well, until you find the pliers, here's something that helps me. After you get a set of stitches on your needle, push with your thimble finger on the eye end of the needle to get it into the stitches as far as you can. Try to get it into the fabric in the 1st stitch. This takes the strain off of the needle trying to make the first up/down. Then the needle is more on an even plain and is easier to pull. When I do this, I almost never need a helper for pulling the needle through.
That is exactly what I saw. I am going to purchase a pair immediately. I am also going to take so of the other advice here. Everyone is so nice for jumping right on my problem.
Happy stitchin'!!! Candi