When starting out a new embroidery project, the first thing you do after purchasing your Madeira threads is picking your embroidery needles.

Which embroidery needles should we use for our project?

There are several types of embroidery needles and if you pick the wrong one this can make your embroidery experience much less fun. But if you pick the right one, this can make all the difference. The question is how to pick the right embroidery needle?

You should always use the finest needle that would suit the thread and fabric you use. If it’s too thick it can leave holes that are too big for the thread to fill. But if the needle is too thin it can harm the thread so that your embroidery can look frayed and ruined.

What you need to know about your needle ·

It’s size –

this is a little confusing. The larger the needle the smaller its number. The numbers are from 1 to 12, when 12 is the smallest and 1 is the largest.

It’s width –

a needle can have the same width all along its length or changing width.

It’s length –

you should use the right length for your project. If your project requires you to wrap your thread around your needle, you will need a long one. If you care about how quickly you work, you should use a short one.

It’s eye –

the shape and size of the eye can vary among different needles. They can be smaller or larger, longer or shorter, more or less round. The rounder the eye the stronger the needle.

It’s point –

you should use a pointed needle for a fabric which is closely woven, for example, linen or canvas.

Relativity –

you should choose your needle relatively to the size and type of the thread. It’s important because you want the needle to help the thread to pass through easily and not to ruin the fabric or the thread.

Different types of embroidery needles

There are many types of different embroidery needles that are specific for different types of embroidery projects. You should take the time and figure out which needle is right for your project because it’s important for the quality of your work.

 Straw / milliners –

these needles have a long shaft with the same width, a sharp point, and a round eye.

Tapestry –

these needles are short and are usually used for needlepoint, blackwork, hardanger or cross stich. The tapestry needles have a long eye.

Easy thread –

these needles have a slot for an eye. They are used as an all purpose needles for hand sewing.

Embroidery needles

Chenille –

these are thick needles with a long eye and sharp point for thick fabrics.

Crewel / embroidery needles –

these needles are not large and not small, but medium. They have a long eye and a sharp point. These needles are great for smocking and embroidery.

Sharps –

these needles are all purpose needles for hand sewing. They have a sharp point and a round eye and medium length.

Ballpoint –

ballpoint needles are perfect for lace and fabrics of that nature.

Beading –

these needles are long and thin with a sharp point and a small eye. The problem with them is that they are a little weak and can bend.

Betweens / quilting needles –

these needles have a sharp point and a short and round eye. People usually use them for quilting.

It is extremely important to keep the needles straight and to keep their tips undamaged. You should pay attention and notice that they slide easily throughout the fabric. You should keep your needles either in their original box or in a special needlebook.

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