Sharp quilting & sewing pins are a must to keep your projects together. Browse a variety hand quilting needles, sewing machine needles, & cute sewing pins. Store quilt pins & needles in a decorative pin cushion, pin caddy or magnetic pin holder. Get quilting faster with needle threaders & don't forget a thimble to protect your fingers as you sew!
Needle little guidance choosing the correct sewing needle for your next project? We’re here to help! If you’re not sure about the difference between a ballpoint needle and a universal needle, we’ll help you pick the sewing notions you need to get started. The right quilting supplies can make all the difference! Who knew?
Did you know that you should change your sewing needle after 8 total hours of sewing? That means, with every new project, it’s probably time to change out your needle. After that many hours of puncturing the fabric, the needle quickly becomes dull and causes problems with stitch quality. When in doubt, get a new set of quilting needles. It may solve your problem!
What size needle is best for piecing a quilt? The type of fabric and the thread you are sewing with determines the needle size. For quilting cotton, you’re going to want to use a sharp quilting needle somewhere between a size 11-14, depending on the thickness of the thread. We recommend using 50wt thread for piecing. The two numbers you see side by side on the package of needles are actually the same size, but they are either Imperial or Metric. For example, sewing needles that are size 11 Imperial are also size 75 in Metric sizing.
For fabrics with stretch like spandex, lycra, or anything knit, be sure to use a ballpoint needle. Not to be confused with universal needles, ballpoints have rounded edges and do not come to a sharp point. They’re designed to push aside individual thread strands of the fabric without breaking through the weave. So be sure to switch out your needle when changing between quilting cottons and knits.
As you’re sewing, you’ll want to use quilting pins to keep your quilt squares in place for neat and tidy seams. A few pins goes a long way! What are quilters pins? Quilting pins do differ from typical fabric pins or sewing pins because they often have flat heads and a longer shaft. They are easy to see as you are stitching and the flat head makes it easier to remove them as you go along.
What are the best quilting pins? There aren’t necessarily best or worst, but it depends on how you want to use them. There are pins that are numbered to keep your blocks organized. There are pins with smaller, glass heads that are heat safe. And if you dislike removing pins as you sew, Magic Pins are thinner and can be ironed over. They’re perfect for applique projects.
When you’re finished sewing and it’s time to baste your quilt, there are special quilting pins to use. What are basting pins? They are like regular safety pins except they have a bend in them to make basting a cinch. Because basting pins are curved, they come up through the layers of a quilt easily. If you’re wondering what size curved safety pins for quilting are typically used they are usually size 2, which is 1 ½” inches long. They hold your quilt sandwich together as you quilt it for a smooth finish.
Finally, keep your quilting notions in order with a nifty sewing pin holder or a pin cushion. There are so many awesome magnetic pin holders, pin dishes, caddies, and more to make sure your sewing tools have a place to be in your sewing room. From the traditional tomato pin cushion to super strong Zirkel and Grabbit magnetic pin cushions, they’re just what you need to keep your quilt tools safe and sound.
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