Which hand quilting needles do you prefer?
This is a question for those who hand quilt. I wonder if you have a favorite hand quilting needle ("between") and why.
I started out with the Dritz size 10 betweens. They were easy to thread with glazed quilting thread, seemed to be relatively sharp, and didn't bend easily. In fact, I was able to use the same needle over and over, until it seemed to get a dull gray color. I even bent a couple, but only after repeated use. I decided that maybe I should use a new needle after a while, but I'm not sure if I noticed a difference with a new needle.
After a few projects, I thought that I had somehow outgrown the size 10s and gave them to an aspiring hand quilter. (Don't "they" say that you are supposed to use tinier needles once you're better at it? Maybe not. You can't load up as many stitches.)
Next, I decided to switch to Clover size 12 betweens. The hole seemed a bit narrower than that of the Dritz betweens, and required a little bit more effort to thread. They seemed much sharper than the Dritz needles. The skin on my under finger got frayed more quickly. The thing I didn't like is that after sewing only a few yards, they would already be slightly bent. After the bend became annoying, I switched to a new one. I do not think the project was any more or less likely to bend the needle than my previous hand quilting projects, so I am a bit disappointed that I have two packages of these needles. I might just keep using them until they're gone. I certainly wouldn't want to give them to anyone else, unless Clover is already their favorite brand. (Anyone wanna trade for a fat quarter?)
I think I might have some of those John James betweens, or maybe they're sharps. I'll just hafta go look in my sewing room, if I can find the time.
In the meantime, I wonder what y'all have used in the past, which brand you like best, and -- most importantly -- why you like a particular brand and size of between.