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Essential Tools: Hand-Sewing Needles

Evamarie Gomez-Bostic and Carol Fresia; Videographer: Jeff Roos

Hand sewing is an essential part of garment construction. Some sewers try to avoid stitching by hand, but Threads Contributing Editor Judith Neukam contends that having the right needle gives you unparalleled control when you’re making a fine garment. Learn which needle to choose for various types of hand-sewing tasks.

Needles often come in packages with assorted sizes and styles; sometimes a needle threader is included, too. Judith suggests finding the particular size and type the works best for you and order packages with only that kind. Then you’ll always have a fresh needle ready for use.

Betweens: These short needles are often used for quilting. If your hands are large, or you like to grip the needle with several fingers, you may find these too small.

Milliners’ (also called straw needles): These are longer needles, and have a narrow eye. Better for those with larger hands.

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