This is a bit long but I wanted tell my recent hand needle story and to ask your opinion. I would love to hear your hand sewing needle thoughts and experiences since hand needles are such an essential tool for sewing.
I had been putting off buying new hand sewing needles. I kept sewing along thinking this needle is ok, I’ll get some new ones soon. Months passed. Then one day I was at my mom’s house and sewed on a button borrowing one of her needles. Wow! what a difference, the needle went through the heavy cotton waistband like air! Realizing what an idiot I had been I right away ordered that japanese sewing needle assortment we had talked about here.
When the new needles they seemed ok, I wasn’t as thrilled as I thought I would be but they were better than what I was using. Soon I was sewing happily along and then, snap, the needle broke. I was quite surprised but figured it was a dud or something and got another one. Two minutes later, snap, that one broke too. So I got a fatter one and it held up although I didn’t feel like I was stressing the smaller size that much.
I have used the wrong size needle many times in my life but I don’t remember breaking any really, although some must have. I asked my mom about her needle experience (70+ years of it) and she said she had never bought a hand sewing needle and couldn’t really remember breaking any. She had gotten lots of hand sewing needles from the older women in her family and those needles were the ones she was using now. She was also somewhat shocked that my new needles had broken so readily. My mom doesn’t sew that much now so she gave me a small collection of those several generation old needles including the magic one I sewed the button on with. These needles are so much better than anything I have found today! What has happened to the quality of a simple thing like sewing needles? Are there any as good as these old ones anymore?