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From: PaulineG
Date: 01-05-2007, 09:37 PM (1 of 3)
I'm about to make a couple of beach ponchos with hoods for my kids (they're way too big for the premade character ones) but I'm not sure what sort of needle I should use with towelling. I've been told just to use universals but the lady who told me that seemed a bit uncertain. The towels are fairly thick and I will have to sew through as many as 4 layers (mostly just two or three though).

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From: HeyJudee
Date: 01-05-2007, 10:32 PM (2 of 3)
From: paroper
Date: 01-06-2007, 12:45 AM (3 of 3)
It isn't the thickness of the towel it is the tightness of the weave. However, 4 layers of toweling could be quite a bit. I might look at either a size 14 sharp or a denium needle. 14 Would probably do it. I woundn't use a universal...really they are a pretty poor excuse for a needle...they are meant to solve the problem about having to change needles between ball for knits and sharp for wovens so they are neither...just fence sitters. They work OK in many instances, but they really don't solve many problems except in the case of knits. where they sort of do the job that a ball does better. They don't penetrate the fabric as well as a sharp.

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