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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    I've found needle threaders help greatly in keeping the number of four-letter words to a minimum when I'm working.

    Just a thought.
    Needle threaders are fine if you can see the eye and the wire and all the rest of it. Frankly... for me they are just one more thing to stab around in the bleary field of vision. I prefer a nice coating of bees wax on the end of the thread and magnifying glass. But the essential point is... the size of the needle is not a science. It is as much personal preference as anything else.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Needle threaders are fine if you can see the eye and the wire and all the rest of it. Frankly... for me they are just one more thing to stab around in the bleary field of vision. I prefer a nice coating of bees wax on the end of the thread and magnifying glass. But the essential point is... the size of the needle is not a science. It is as much personal preference as anything else.
    Fair enough, and you're definitely right about the needle size. About the only "hard and fast" rule I follow with 'em is to make sure the needle is big enough to handle whatever thread I'm using at the moment.

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    #9 needle which for me I'm pretty sure say 65 not 70 but either way it's worked well for me on 1.1 ripstop. Also a good idea to use fresh needles for your projects.

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    Not quite pertinent to the thread (subject), but I was lucky enough to get a new thread injector recently and it came with a "twin needle". I was messing around with the injector last night trying to "get to know it" and had the opportunity to try out the twin needle. I was immediately impressed!!! Talk about being able to sew some bomb-proof seams! No longer have to worry about stress points and whether or not my sewing ability can support my weight. If your injector has the capability, I'd highly recommend trying it.

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    Thanks to all replies! Definitely helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLScouthanger View Post
    Talk about being able to sew some bomb-proof seams! No longer have to worry about stress points and whether or not my sewing ability can support my weight. If your injector has the capability, I'd highly recommend trying it.
    BLAT!!!! Wrong answer... The twin needle still only has one bobbin thread. It is no more bombproof than any other needle stitch line. In fact it may be worse. The bobbin thread is a zig zag between the two straight top stitching lines. That puts uneven stress dynamics on the two sides. The twin needle is intended for decorative top stitching only. It is not a bombproof stitch and may not hold stress points well.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    BLAT!!!! Wrong answer... The twin needle still only has one bobbin thread. It is no more bombproof than any other needle stitch line. In fact it may be worse. The bobbin thread is a zig zag between the two straight top stitching lines. That puts uneven stress dynamics on the two sides. The twin needle is intended for decorative top stitching only. It is not a bombproof stitch and may not hold stress points well.
    So, when we see parallel double or triple stitches, which truly look parallel and not an approximation of that on both sides of the seam, we are likely seeing the product of an industrial machine (or serger?) with as many bobbins as needles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemostiX View Post
    So, when we see parallel double or triple stitches, which truly look parallel and not an approximation of that on both sides of the seam, we are likely seeing the product of an industrial machine (or serger?) with as many bobbins as needles?
    That is correct to my knowledge.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
    Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn

    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

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