Choosing Hand-Sewing Needles

So here I am, starting a blog.  I'll be the first to admit that my techie skills on website building are lacking.  What I'm good at though is sewing and quilting!  I've been sewing for almost sixty-one years.  It's hard for me to believe, but yes, this is how long I've been playing with needles and threads.  This blog will try to remove the mystery of how to get yourself started in sewing.  Hopefully, I'll try to answer those nagging questions that routinely pop-up when people are learning a new skill.

So, to get started, lets talk about basic hand needles.

Using needles is an old activity.  Our ancient grandmothers used sharpened bones, wood or thorns. During Medieval times, steel needles started being used.  So valuable was this invention, women protected and kept them in a vessel called chatelaines.

When selecting a needle use the Hippocratic Oath: "Do No Harm."

For hand-sewing select "sharps."  For embroidery use "embroidery" needles because their wide eye accommodates several strands of thread.

The smaller the number on the needle, the larger the eye.  Now this is where people tend to make a mistake.  Always try to select a size that will penetrate the fabric without leaving a gaping hole.  For most beginners, number 7 needle size seems to accommodate these needs.  The number 7 in both the sharp and embroidery needles will have a large enough eye to ease thread through, and the hole it leaves isn't very big.

When threading your needle, whether it be a sharp or embroidery needle, please thread and knot your needle so it looks like this:

Threaded needle with knot at the end