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Dimensions of hand needles

Houghton123 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi.  I’m visiting from the woodworking world, hoping someone here can help with a hand needle question.

I’ve got a woodworking scratch awl handle designed for a replaceable tip that resembles a needle without the eye (the company’s out of business, so I can’t just order a new tip).  The collet that takes the tip requires a very specific size – 3/32″, or 0.09375″.  It occurred to me that there might be a hand needle the right size, but I’ve had trouble getting specific information on needle dimensions.

What I’m looking for will be 3/32″ for at least an inch, tapering to a sharp point, and as long as possible up to 3-5″.  Can anyone tell me if there’s a hand needle that has those dimensions?

Thanks for your help.

Bill Houghton


  1. damascusannie | | #1

    Bill-- I immediately thought of leather needles. Try looking at the first needle here :

    http://www.csosborne.com/needle_1.htm "Spring Eye Straight"

    Hope this helps.

    Annie in Wisconsin, USA
    ~~Doodlestein Designs Quilt Patterns
    ~~Finely Finished: Machine quilting worked on a treadle sewing machine.
    See patterns, quilting, and National sewing machines at: http://community.webshots.com/user/damascusannie

    Edited 8/22/2008 11:46 am by damascusannie

  2. sewelegant | | #2

    Look at this site and you can see some of the needles that are out there.  I do not know what the diameter would be on any of these, but you might.


    type in dollmakers needles for some longer needles

    Edited 8/22/2008 5:28 pm by sewelegant

  3. Teaf5 | | #3

    Rather than a sewing needle, maybe you should take a look at a potter's pick.  It's very close to the size you describe, and it's tough enough to hold up to woodworking.  The potter's pick has a tubular wood handle, and it's fairly easy to pull the metal pick out of it.  Art supply and ceramics studios sell them for a couple of dollars each.

    Another source might be a mechanic's pick--again, strong and available in various sizes.  I doubt if either option has published specs available, but it's worth a shot.

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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    Have you checked into Lee Valley Tools? That sounds like the type of woodworking tool they would be carrying, or something like it. http://www.leevalley.com If not, it is a fun site to look at. They may even be able to direct you to a replacement. If it is the kind of woodworking tool they can get into themselves, they will manufacture it. Cathy

    Edited 8/25/2008 8:23 am ET by ThreadKoe

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