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Saturday, February 12, 2011

On the wrong side of the Needle ??

Did you know there is a right side and a wrong side to a sewing needle? Don't believe me?
Just take a peak at the needle's eye under a magnifying glass and you will notice that one side is more beveled than the other...making that side easier to thread...
Next time you are frustrated or going blind while trying to thread a needle, just turn it around and try the other side...
Oh, also, lick the thread and the needle eye as well....It really does work
Just a few facts about Sewing Needles
•Sharps are medium-length needles with small, rounded eyes. The larger the number, the finer the needle.( Just like wire gauge...)These are considered a general all-purpose hand-sewing needle.

•Betweens are short needles with small round eyes for fine quilting and detailed handwork. The larger the number, the finer the needle and of course, the finer the stitch. Again, Just like wire gauge...
•Embroidery/Crewel: For all types of embroidery and crewelwork, these needles with their long, oval eyes can handle yarn or several strands of embroidery floss.
•Large Eye is a needle that is actually two thin flat wires bonded at both tip ends of this sharp needle. You open the two flat wires to thread any thickness of thread making it foolproof (and so easy!) to thread. I love these.
•Beading needles are for picking up several beads or seed pearls at a time before attaching to project. They are long & fine with a small, round eye so they can pick up even the smallest of the seed beads
•Long Darners have large eyes and long shaft make the stitches line up perfectly. The shaft is perfectly straight until the point, so all your stitches will stay nice and even.
•Leather has a 3 sided chisel point so it can easily pierce through leather and suede.
•Silk Ribbon needles have large eyes and sharp tips for stitching into fabric so can be used with cardstock and lighter weight papers.

To be sure, I left out a few  but these are some I use.
How about you?


Christine Burgess said...

This is really interesting to me. I used to sew all the time.

Little Treasures said...

As I indulge myself in various projects normally I use a great variety of needles. Sometimes I use them for projects they are not essentially meant to be used!:)
However, this was an interesting post and must admit I didn't know that there was a right and a wrong side! Defeat ignorance!!

Audrey said...

Thank you Christine and Maya!!
I do that too Maya...Have managed to mangle a few bead needles in the process too. Live and learn.......
Blessings to you both!

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