I am a mostly self taught quilter and sewer. I took a few classes on the basics of quilting when I first started years ago, but since then discovered things on my own. Because of this, I don’t have a lot of knowledge of sewing and the best tools to use. I am trying to fix the gaps of my knowledge and over the past year have taken more classes and asked more questions about why things happen.
One of the questions I asked was “why do I get a gunky build up on my needles when I applique”. The answer was the glue from the applique was building up and causing the needle to stick which caused skipped stitches and uneven stitches. The answer, a friend told me, was the new Schmetz Chrome needles.
They resist heat, wear, and allow the needle to pass through the fabric with less resistance. I tried them out this week with the Link Stained Glass Quilt I am making for Nicole and LOVE them.
I used a single needle for the entire quilt top and didn’t have any build up at all. NO BUILD UP AT ALL! I was pretty amazed and told Schmetz that I don’t think I could ever use any others now!
They are only in Sewing and Quilt stores. So if you want to try them for yourself check your closest Sewing store. If you don’t have any Sewing or Quilt store near you, you can buy them on line from Schmetz directly. Although PLEASE support a local brick and mortar store if you can.
For the next few weeks let’s learn about needles together! I will be talking about the Anatomy of the needle and how different needles can be used for different projects (and why you would want to).