Wow. That’s a lot of needles.
Do you sew a lot? Do you sew using different fabrics? Well then, it makes sense that you need a variety of hand sewing needles, right? This new deluxe assortment of Dritz hand needles delivers. It’s got 7 styles (100 needles) in one handy package – what could be better! Need a little refresher on how each of these needle styles is used? Thought so.
First let’s talk about size, because as well all know, size does matter. When we’re talking hand needles it’s key to remember this: the larger the needle size, the shorter and finer the needle.
Needle names are determined by end use or key quality. Sometimes needles are named by a key characteristic, for example, “sharps.” (Pretty easy to understand that they are sharp, right?) Other times, needles are named for their primary end use, for example, “embroidery.” Look here for more basic needle know-how and information.
Now let’s talk about the specific hand needles that are included in this handy deluxe assortment, shall we?
Sizes: 18, 20, 22, 24
Use for embroidery with yarn, twisted yarn, and crewel wool.
Chenille needles are identical in size to tapestry needles (the length and diameter are the same), but instead of a blunt round point, the chenille needle has a sharp point. It has a large eye to allow the yarn to be threaded easily.
Use when embroidering on coarse and heavy fabrics, appliqué work on chunky sweaters, and sewing knitted and crochet pieces together. However, take care that the sharp needle does not split the fibers.
Sizes: 5, 7, 9
Darners have varying tip shapes (blunt, sharp, straight, bent).
Use to work through fabric and to reweave.
Commonly used for mending and darning.
Sizes 3, 5, 7
Very similar to sharps, except embroidery needles have a larger eye, so that thicker flosses and yarns can pass through.
Easier to thread multiple strands of thread.
Traditionally used on heavier fabrics.
|Milliners, Betweens, Embroidery:
Sizes: 10 (milliner), 5 & 7 (betweens), 9 (embroidery)
Milliners are the longest of the hand sewing needles. Milliners are great for basting as you can maneuver them quickly through fabric.
Betweens are much shorter and thinner than sharps. They are ideal for small, detailed stitching, such as quilting. They have a small eye and can pass easily through heavyweight fabrics such as denim.
Sizes 3, 7, 9
These are the most common hand sewing needles. They are ideal for most general sewing and all-purpose household uses.
They are medium length (compared to the short quilting betweens or the long milliner’s needle).
They have a rounded eye.
Sizes 18, 20, 22, 24
These are commonly known as cross-stitch needles.
All feature large eyes and a blunt, round ‘point’ which makes it easier for the needle to pass between the threads of the fabric without tearing or splitting the fibers.
Now if you’re using a needle with a small eye, you might like the help of a needle threader.
First, insert the wire of the threader through the needle’s eye, then insert your thread through the wire. Now pull the wire back through the eye.
So, are your sewing supplies up to par? Do you have the right needles on hand for your various sewing projects? At the very least, hopefully this post sheds some light on hand needle sizes, styles, and how/when to use each. Good luck, and happy sewing!