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Date: 11/4/12 4:50 PM

I'm piecing a smallish flannel quilt.
My flannel is very nice quality, thick and double-napped and I'm having a bit of trouble with choosing the right needle (at least that's what I think the problem is).
The fabric is mooshing under the foot, sticking a bit and wants to get stuffed into the needle hole. I am using my single needle plate, reduced top tension, and 57D 1/4" foot.
I started out with a 12 topstitch needle, then changed to an 11 universal just trying to find a good fit. That didn't help.

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Date: 11/4/12 5:26 PM

OOh, that fabric sounds nice! I have switched to sharps for most sewing except knits. I wonder if that would work better than a universal. I buy Schemtz on sale at JA's or Hancocks. I bet a 12 or 14 would work. I know you need the 1/4" for quilting but I wonder if a walking foot would work better to keep it moving along. I would maybe use a bit longer stitch length too. HTH

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Date: 11/4/12 6:33 PM

I like a Microtex needle and the walking foot with the needle positioned so the foot has contact with as much of the feed dog area as possible.

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Date: 11/4/12 7:52 PM

Thankyou, I hadn't thought to use the walking foot or a microtex needle.
I'll definitely try that. This fabric is SO nice that I don't want to mess it up. It took me many months to collect all the different fabric pieces and I'm really excited to get it put together.

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Date: 11/4/12 11:56 PM

Maybe a teflon foot would help? Like the one you use on leather/pleather. Can you adjust the pressure on your foot?
-- Edited on 11/5/12 0:04 AM --

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Date: 11/5/12 0:06 AM

I've been thinking about a flannel quilt also. Please let us know which combination of needle/foot etc. you ended up using.

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Date: 11/5/12 7:14 AM

Quote: PattiAnnJ
I like a Microtex needle and the walking foot with the needle positioned so the foot has contact with as much of the feed dog area as possible.

Ditto for me plus a longer stitch. Also, i clean my machine a lot when sewing flannel!

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Date: 11/5/12 9:22 AM

My quilt will be made up of selections from this fabric line:
Henry Glass I love Snow.
It's truly beautiful fabric, SO soft and thick and fluffy.
I'm really impressed with the quality.

Edited to add: I set up my machine first thing this morning with the walking foot, 20D foot, and 80/12 microtex needle.
Voila! Perfection! Learned something important here.
-- Edited on 11/5/12 10:09 AM --

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Date: 11/5/12 10:40 AM

That is going to be a beautiful quilt!

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Date: 11/5/12 11:01 AM

Good to know this is working for you.

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