The extra long eye makes it easy to thread floss and wool and the blunt point enables the needle to move smoothly through the weave of needlepoint and tapestry canvas, as well as even-weave and loosely woven fabrics, without damaging them. They are also great for counted cross-stitch, needlepoint and stitching on knits.
These are the needles most commonly used for general domestic hand sewing on almost any fabric. They have a sharp point and a short round eye to provide added strength and just large enough to accommodate thread. They are of medium length compared to the short quilting needles, Betweens, and the long sewing needles, Straws.
Similar to Sharps but longer, Straws are fine hand sewing needles with a short round eye and a sharp point. Excellent for basting, pleating and decorative stitches, Straws pass quickly and easily through the fabric. Straw needles are sometimes referred to as Milliners as they were traditionally used in hat making.
Quilting Needles - Betweens
These needles are much shorter than Sharps but have the same small, round eye and sharp point making them particularly suitable for penetrating fine weaves and even heavy fabrics. This versatile needle is widely used by tailors for small, intricate stitching and detailed hand work. Sizes 7, 8 and 9 are perfect for hand stitching quilts, or similar layered projects, as the short lengths make stitching through the layers fast and easy.