Sewing needle sizes for hand sewing

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I need length, thickness, sharp or regular, size of eye. Thanks

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  • Peg Peg on Aug 29, 2017
    Not clear on what you want to know. Can you specify more?
    • Mil29626634 Mil29626634 on Aug 30, 2017
      I have the packages, but I want actual lengths, diameters and eye sizes. I know it's a little OCD, but this would give me an idea how to sort the ones I have.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Aug 29, 2017
    The best thing for you to do is to go to a material store and ask for assistance. There are many different size needles (and eyes) for different materials and projects. Some packages come with an array of needles in different sizes.
  • Ald20653679 Ald20653679 on Aug 29, 2017
    It depends on what you are sewing. Also what is comfortable to hold. Most needles come in a variety package which will make your choice easier. Look for little needle sharpeners, usually decorative. My looks like a little strawberry. You just poke the needle in a few times. If you are struggling, just sharpen needle.
    • Inetia Inetia on Aug 29, 2017
      I've been a seamstress since I was in grade school and I never knew there were needle sharpeners.
  • Inetia Inetia on Aug 29, 2017
    I agree with the previous comment. A package of assorted size needles will give you more options and you can figure out which one is best for you,
  • Ald20653679 Ald20653679 on Aug 29, 2017
    I wish I knew what was in the sharpeners. Feels like tiny, tiny bits of metal. Check it out.
  • JAMES A ROLLI JAMES A ROLLI on Aug 30, 2017
    PUT YOUR THREAD INTO A SMALL ALUMINN PAN WITH HOT WAX DIP THREAD INTO EASIER TO PUT INTO EYE OF NEEDLE IT WORKS EVERY TIME
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 24, 2019

    Cheap needles have burrs that snag on thread causing it to shred and break. The shafts are not balanced or reinforced, which leads to bending and breaking. The points are not consistently sharp, which make pulling through the fabric more difficult.

    Always purchase quality brand name hand sewing needles, and needles designed for the particular fabric or function of your project.

    I have found that John James brand are superior to others in strength, durability, shaft smoothness, and longevity in the sharpness of the points.


    https://sew4home.com/tips-resources/buying-guide/hand-sewing-selecting-right-needle-job


    https://www.jjneedles.com/needles-guide


    http://www.sewing.org/files/guidelines/22_110_hand_sewing_needle_guide.pdf

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