This weekend I started quilting my garden quilt, the one made up of 27 blocks we exchanged in our quilt guild last December. I decided to use monofilament thread (polyester), as there are a variety of background fabrics and colors, and the quilting would not compete with the beautiful blocks. I was frustrated when I noticed I only had large quilting needles!
I have quilted my projects on my Bernina 440QE for the past 7 years without ever worrying about the size of needle I was using. I’ve used both quilting and embroidery needles, depending on the thread.
Once I heard we should use larger needles (90/14) if quilting with monofilament. I did that for a while but did not really care for the holes it left on the fabric (Celeste, can you relate?). Yes, I do prefer quilting with thinner needles.
Since I did not have thin quilting needles, and did not want to drive to a store, I am quilting with embroidery needle (75/11 – my preferred size). How about you – do you have a particular needle you like to machine quilt with?