It is actually quite common to be allergic to the metal nickel:
I am allergic to nickel… and my query about it was addressed in Threads issue #102 .
It is quite frustrating to deal with it for hand sewing. I have used the quilt betweens that come coated in gold or platinum… but they are quite inadequate for many types of hand sewing.
I cannot use the quilt betweens (or the gold plated tapestry needles) to:
1) Sew buttons on with heavier thread
2) Sew roman shade rings on shades that have any more than a couple layers (and again, I like to use heavier waxed thread for this)
3) Handsew through Cordura or any other nylon backpack fabric
4) Handsew many heavier fabrics like wool or tapestry
ALSO… the eye end of the litte itsy bitsy thin needles will poke into my finger unless I use a thimble. Even hemming is irritating with those short little needles.
AAAARGH!!!! Why, oh WHY do the manufacturers insist on coating normal everyday needles with NICKEL!!! If it is to prevent rusting… well, some of them STILL rust. At least one manufacturer has straight pins that are nickel free.
I am just ranting. Especially since I am now allergic to iodine (they can’t use it to swab me when I give blood).