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I've been getting needle-holes in my quilts. Looks like a million little holes in the quilt, which you can see when you hold it up and a light is behind it or look at it from underneath, while it is still loaded on the table.

I use a new needle with every quilt. Sometimes 2 needles for one quilt, if a King size. I most often use 3.5 size needles with So Fine Thread. Size 4.0 for Rainbow, Highlight threads, which are slippery. 3.0 for Batiks.

I have found this happening with Groz-Beckert and Schmetz brand needles.

I can't find Singer MR sewing needles any more. (they were bought out). Does anyone have a source for Singer MR needles? This was never an issue when I used those.

Quilts are cotton fabrics. Batting is Quilters Dream blend, select loft.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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You did not mention what brand of machine you have. Not that it matters, really. I use a size 4 or 4.5 for almost everything. I have an APQS Millie and keep it pretty tight on the frame when I quilt. I use Groz Beckert titanium coated needles from Superior Threads.

Usually the holes close up after you unload the quilt; and most assuredly after it is laundered. I think the tightness of it on the frame makes the holes more noticeable.................to us who have our noses in it anyway!:P:P

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Usually about 97% of the time holes will close when the quilt is washed the first time....I never worry about holes...regardless of the batting or the fabric. Even Batiks heal after they are washed. I literally use from the very cheapest threads to the most expensive, and yes it happens from time to time, but I haven't ever had one that didn't have it all come out in the wash or if it was a customers quilt after they washed it. Needles, I use have used several different brands and they all sealed up in the wash.

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Originally posted by hmerrill

As long as the needle isn't breaking the threads of the fabric those holes will close right up.

I think I have been very lucky here in this department...I've never had a needle break a fabric thread or if it did, it wasn't noticeable and no one called me on it.

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I have dulled a needle and punched a few inches of hole, but it wasn't the whole quilt.... I do stand corrected, I have torn threads, and had to bond them back together. Love my BoNash 007 Bonding agent for those oops...

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