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Bernina 1260
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Date: 10/11/13 8:14 PM

I hope this isn't too far off the subject, but I just purchased a used Bernina 1260 that sews like a dream, and I will be using it to piece quilts. My question is, what needle type and size is best for sewing on 100% cotton....I know this probably sounds silly but is important to me.

Thanks so much.

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Date: 10/11/13 11:38 PM

The manual for the machine should have a chart for selecting needle type and size according to the fabric.

You can also find a chart at the Schmetz Sewing Machine Needles site.

Link.

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Date: 10/12/13 1:18 AM

In my experience a universal size 80/12 works great with 100% quilting cotton. I don't quilt, but have sewn with cotton a lot. I usually use an all purpose thread with the 80/12. The real quilters may give you different advice, though, which you should take over mine!

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Date: 10/12/13 6:11 AM

Same here- I'm not a quilter either but I start with Universals. 70 for thin and 80 for med weave.
If I have any problems I switch to Sharps.
If I use thicker thread I go with Top Stitching size 90.
If I am going though many layers then I use Sharps or Jeans size 90 or 100.

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