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Thread: What is your favorite brand of hand sewing needles?

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    What is your favorite brand of hand sewing needles?

    So far, my favorite brand is John James.

    Are there "better" ones available? if so, are they available "locally" - or do they need to be ordered?

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    I use John James most of the time. I do have some Roxanne needles that are also nice, smooth - they seem to bend a bit sooner than the John James though
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    For most hand work, I use Japanese embroidery needles. They are very thin and got thru the fabric quite smoothly and have an elongated eye that is very easy to thread.
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    I just got some Japanese as well. I love them.

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    Is there a brand name for the Japanese needles?

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    I prefer Richard Hemming needles. Have not heard anything about the Japenese needles.
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    The ones I actually use are the ones I can find and that I can get threaded! I start small and work up. If I can get an 11 John James Sharp or between (quilting ) needle threaded, I am a happy camper.

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    Bear, the Japanese brand I have is Tulip. I can't remember where I got them!

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    My favorites are Foxglove Cottage or Tulip. The Tulip brand are available at many LQS, they come in a cardboard box, with each type in a different color. Foxglove I use most, but have only been able to get them by ordering online. They do have a variety pack in each type available, so that you can try different sizes within that type of needle.

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    I like John James for hand quilting #11 but for sewing binding on by hand I prefer straw needles as they are longer and very slender

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    Hand sewing needles I use are: straw needles, size 11 by Jeana Kimball's Foxglove Cottage, jeanakimballquilter.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    Bear, the Japanese brand I have is Tulip. I can't remember where I got them!
    I have some Tulip needles, also Clover Japanese (which I haven't been able to find in years) and I got some Bohin last year at Quilt Festival. I like them all.
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    I prefer John James and Tulip.

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    I use Thimblelady needles for hand quilting, applique, and hand sewing.

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    I really like the Roxanne betweens. I use them for all of my quilting needs and sometimes for those awful 'mending' jobs our spouses come up with, lol. I've not been fond of the John James or, frankly, the Thimblelady needles. Thimblelady needles bent far too easily for me and I found the John James 'dull' in comparison to the Roxanne. JMO.

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    You only hand sewing I do is epp....but I seem to be accumulating a "collection" of needles! Have tulip, boning, and just love the way they glide thru the fabric, but they bend so quickly. I just rec'd some clover #10 applique needles....longer lasting and working well so far! As far as threading....need help, can't just push thread thrumthat minuscule eye anymore...use the bohin needle threader....a great thing!

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    I like Roxanne needles. Wish they would make them in different lengths.
    Milward (UK) is also very good but not sure if they are still available.
    Got mine long time ago and I'm pretty sure my favorite needle came
    from there.

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    John James here too. But, I like the gold eye and self threading for some things.
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    I don’t do much hand sewing either ...mostly bindings. I have started some hand appliqué so have recently purchased a couple of sizes of John James.
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    My go to needle is a John James Big Eye No. 10 quilting needle.
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    Scarlet Today is my favorite embroidery needle. They are one of the few needles tapered from tip to eye. Primitive Gathering has a binding needle that is long and sharp.

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    I love Milward needles.

    EasyPeezy - they are still available in the UK. I hadn't seen any for ages, but just recently found some at Hobbycraft (*not* a specialty quilt, or even sewing, shop by any means LOL)
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    I think Piece o cake carries Tulip needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panchita View Post
    I love Milward needles.

    EasyPeezy - they are still available in the UK. I hadn't seen any for ages, but just recently found some at Hobbycraft (*not* a specialty quilt, or even sewing, shop by any means LOL)
    Thanks, Panchita. The problem is postage. Not sure I want to pay that much
    for some needles. I will wait when I have an opportunity for the UK.

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    Tulip and Bohin are fantastic. Tulip is made in Japan, Bohin is made in France.

    I was never impressed with John James even when they were still made in England. About 5 (?) years ago they started being manufactured elsewhere and the quality really tanked. I threw those new packs away, they had burrs and bent easily.

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