Needles and Original Designers

Today, two short posts in one. Since I’m playing with the A to Z Challenge, we are up to N and O.  Yes, I know we are really up to P, but that’s for tomorrow. I’m a tad behind, anyone who knows me in real life, or has read this blog much knows that being behind is almost a way of life for me. 🙂 So, here we go.

Needles and pins (to bad it’s not also p day) are a necessary part of sewing and quilting. After all you can’t sew without a needle. If you can, tell us about it.

Needles come in a variety of sizes and styles. However, there are two important types, hand sewing needles and machine needles.  Many who sew have a specific needle brand or type they prefer sewing with.

For hand sewing for me, it’s usually what ever needle I have handy. I have learned that it’s important the needle have a large enough eye for the thread to pass through. Not only to make it easier to thread the silly thing. A bigger eye will make a bigger hole in the fabric, one large enough to allow the thread to pass through without fraying and breaking. Because, really, who wants to keep threading the needle.

The one exception is for quilt tying. I prefer to use a curved needle when I’m tying a quilt. It just seems to make the process easier.  Do you have a favorite needle you prefer when hand stitching?

For the sewing machine, there are also different sizes and types. Ballpoint needles work best with knits and heavy-duty needles break less often when sewing on denim, or heavy weight fabrics.

We can all think Mr. Schmetz who talked the sewing machine manufacturers into creating a uniform needle holder on our machines. Now, we can buy universal needles and be confident they will work in any and all of our sewing machines. Thanks Mr. Schmetz.

Quilters and those who sew often design their own projects. Many of these talented designers then sell their patterns for the rest of us to sew and enjoy.

There are embroidery designers and applique designers. Sometimes a pattern can be used as either applique or embroidery. The choice is ours, the designer just gives us the picture, how we apply it is up to us. Thank goodness for embroidery and applique designers, where would those of us who can barely draw stick figures be?

There are project designers. Those people who craft everyday items, and creates a pattern for the rest of us. Designs for tote bags, place mats, mini place mats (mug rugs), purses and wallets, the list goes on for available patterns.

Clothing designers abound too.I’m not talking about those high dollar pattern designers you’ll find at the big store. The ones whose patterns are stored in huge file cabinets and showcased in pattern catalogs. While those people are vastly talented, I prefer those small clothing designers who live in my area. Women (usually) who design clothes for local residents. Sometimes they sell online making their designs available world-wide. Most of these patterns are for children’s clothing, because their clothes don’t demand an exact fit, and their little bodies are more forgiving. Designers allow us to dress our children (and ourselves) in cute, unique clothing at an affordable price.

Finally, there are the quilt designers. Those who design an orignial quilt pattern, and make the quilt up in their colors showing us how it will look.  We can go with their colors or choose our own while following their pattern. Just as many of us collect and admire the patterns of our ancestors, these talented people will allow our descendents to have patterns from our era.

Because I’m behind, and in a hurry there are no designers of original patterns listed here as I’d hoped and planned. Maybe in a future post. In the meantime, check out the individual designers spotlighted in your favorite magazine, or promoted online by your friends. Don’t forget to check in with your local quilt store, ask if they carry any locally designed patterns. It’s not hard to make your project an original design.

Hope  you are enjoying this quiltey trip through the alphabet.


2 thoughts on “Needles and Original Designers

  1. Amy

    What an informative post! I had no idea that the name “Schmetz” meant what it means. I use Schmetz needles for my Bernina sewing machine. Thanks for a lot of cool sewing-related facts!


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