I am a Bohin hand needle girl. I have plenty, but will be buying more at International Quilt Festival next week anyways! I need to try new kinds after all. So today I started stitching my Brimfield Blooming Star. I decided to try out needles after the first piece was hard to stitch. The needle didn't seem pointy enough to slide through easily.
Here's the pieces I was sewing together with my favorite Island Batik fabrics of course.
I then tried the size 12 applique needles. The eye of the needle is very small, but it went through the fabric like butter, so it's worth a little trouble threading. I was using 50 weight Aurifil thread in a matching color to hide my stitches.
When sewing this curve I tape the front with painters tape (it removes without leaving any residue) to hold my pieces in place while I stitch. It works like a charm.
Here's the back side. You can see that I used a flat back stitch as that's the easiest way to do curves while doing English Paper Piecing.
- Use tape to hold together curved pieces while you are sewing your EPP with a flat back stitch
- I prefer size 12 applique needle for making my stitches
- I use matching thread to help hide my stitches
I hope you get to quilt today!