How to select the correct size of embroidery needle

Friday 21 November 2008

needleWhen it comes to choosing a needle for paper embroidery it is really a matter of what works best for you. If you have a range of needles in your sewing box then the best thing is to try them to find which one you like best.

It will depend to some extent on the size of the holes you are pricking and the type of thread you are using. The size of pricked hole will vary with different pricking tools. I like to use a Pergamano pricking tool which gives a smallish hole. I find that a Number 10 embroidery needle works well with this. It allows the needle to pass through the hole with a slight resistance, thus stopping it falling through. If your needle slips through too easily there is a danger that it could slip and fall off the thread. Then the hunt is on to find the needle.

On the other hand if the needle is relatively large so that there is a lot of resistance passing it through the hole you will soon get sore fingers.

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4 thoughts on “How to select the correct size of embroidery needle

  1. celia clare

    Hi, I use a pricking tool made for me by my husband using a piece of dowelling and the same size needle I stitched with, this is brilliand because the pricked hole is easier to close because it’s only small. The best thing I’ve found was recommended by a friend, if you know someone who’s diabetic ask them for a couple of the lancets they use to prick their fingers to check their blood sugar levels. this is a very fine needle and short and makes the hole really small, then when you stitch it it only goes as big as the needle and thread. I tried this method and you can really see the difference. If you can get hold of a Big Eye needle they are brilliant, they are basically one needle split down the middle with the points at each end, they open up to put the thread in and then close back up and grip it, great for those who struggle to thread a small eyed needle

  2. Pat

    I like to use a beading needle on my embroidery cards. It’s long, flexible, got a long eye for threading and can pass through a hole very easy. You find them in the beading section of your hobby store. The one downside is it frays the thread after a lot of pass throughs but since you don’t use too much of a lenght of thread, it isn’t a problem.

  3. Donnita

    I use a #10 needle for stitching and pricking. I found that using a small wooded knob (found at craft stores, they come 6 to a pack). I fill the hole with glue and place the needle into the glue, let it dry completely.
    so as not to lose my needle my sister showed me this: take about 4 inches of your thread, fold in half, thread needle with the folded thread, when you pull your folded thread through the eye(make sure you don’t pull it all the way through the eye) take the thread that you pulled and slip it over the needle. now you needle won’t fall off and your thread won’t pull through your needle either.

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