The Amish are beautiful quilt makers. Do they use a certain size needle and hold their needle a certain way to make the tiny stitches that they make when quilting?
I don’t have quilting frames and I’m quilting a king size quilt on large embroidering hoops.
There isn’t a certain size needle, but smaller ones are usually the needle of choice. To make the stitches, the needle isn’t held. The eye of the needle is pushed with a thimble on the second finger, while the thumb on the same hand guides the point. The other hand is held under the quilt to also help guide the point. Once several stitches are on the needle, it is then held and pulled until thread is taut.
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