I wanted to share this before I forget, seeing as how I could’ve saved myself untold pain and suffering had I discovered it earlier. Oh, you more experienced hand-sewing mavens already know this, and probably several less experienced folks that take a minute to ask questions before you shrug and leap into things. So, it turns out that selecting the correct needle for hand-sewing makes a HUGE difference. I had one of those multi-packs that don’t have any sort of marking as to which needle is suited to which type of project, so I tried to pick one that was…sharp. I just wanted a thin, sharp needle. Unfortunately, the one I chose was a little too round and the eye had to be yanked through with my other hand on every stitch. My thumb and forefinger are still sore from the sewing I did on Sunday. I thought it had something to do with the funky blend of the backing I’d used on the quilt, and it may have, but mostly it was the needle. I picked up a pack of “sharps” in a variety of sizes the other day, and it made all the difference in the world. To sum up, when choosing a needle for the handwork portion of attaching the binding to a quilt, go for pretty short and fine. If you have to force the needle through, it’s worth stopping right there and trying a different one out. If anyone happens to have more precise advice in this arena, don’t be shy! Do I sound like I feel authoritative in the least bit about the whole issue? I pressed on with the wrong needle for 3/4 of the quilt, after all!
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