I have seen these advertised several times and places. Has anyone bought these and what did you think about them?
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I have a set of these needles. They are great for burying knots during longarm stitching. I have tried, several times, to use for general hand sewing but the thread keeps fraying at the needle eye.
I did write to the company and they said to send the needles back and they would fix it but I didn't bother. I think the needle eye needs to be a bit more polished.
I saw some in a store, but they were pricey, so I didn't get any. Maybe another time, with a coupon!
Having worked with metals, I was wondering about the shredding too.... But I can see where they would be a plus for burying the knots!!!
well, I have never heard of them. Are they for hand quilting?
Why are they so pricey? I mean $10 for two needle? I'll have to be convinced they are worth that. I have a lot of the self threading needles that I bought on clearance before they were discontinued at WalMart. I haven't seen them anywhere, are they still for sale? They are very useful.
I believe that they are hand made, or were when I last looked them up. I like that they are so easy to thread, but if I get one, it will have to have it's own special case :wink: and guard it like the pioneer women guarded theirs!!!
They had numerous sizes available on their website, I don't hand quilt, so I am not sure what size is used.
I wouldn't use them for hand quilting. As Crashnquilt said, they are great for burying knots when machine quilting. For some quilts, you don't want to have your starts and stops show, so you tie the bottom and top thread together, then thread in between the layers of the quilt, popping the knot into the fabric. It doesn't take very many and you will really like the spiral eye needle.
I did try the traditional self threading needed, but 1) it shredded my thread and 2) after 100 or so knots my fingers were real sore with the two little spikes on the top of the needle. The spiral eye needed threads on the side, so your fingers have a nice rounded to push instead of two little spikes.
I did not know that about the other self threading needles...I would hate to get my fingers tore up, too!!!