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All About Needles

Have you ever wondered how a needle is made? Or what makes certain needles better to use than others? Colonial Needle sells only the finest needles for all of your sewing, quilting, embroidery and needleport projects.

Learn the  processes involved in making a needle

  1. Wire is drawn down from 5's gauge steel rod.
  2. The wire is then straightened and cut to 2 needle lengths.
  3. Points are then formed on each end.
  4. The impression of 2 eyes is stamped into the wire.
  5. Holes are then punched through both impressions.
  6. The wire is broken into 2 separate needles.
  7. Waste metal from around the eye is removed-this is known as cheeking.
  8. The needles are then hardened.
  9. To prevent brittleness, they are subsequently tempered.
  10. The needles are scoured - this removes burrs from inside the eyes and polishes them.
  11. The needles are finally nickel plated, inspected, and packaged.
Bodkins Bodkin Needles
These needles are like an over-sized sewing needle and are generally used to thread ribbons, elastics and other tapes on sewing projects. Bodkins come in two different forms: flat and round.
Chenille Chenille Needles
These needles are identical to tapestry needles except that they have a sharp point which will pass through coarse fabrics. Chenille needles have a large eye and are often used for different types of embroidery.

Darners or Darning Needles
As the name suggests, these are used for darning work such as repairing holes in socks.. Sizes 14-18 are known as yarn darners.

Easy Threading

Easy Threading Needles
Perfect for people who find it difficult to thread a needle, these are standard sewing needles where the top is cut to allow the thread to pass through it from above.


Embroidery Needles
These needles have a longer eye which makes them ideal for threading stranded cotton. Apart from this, they are the same length and point as and ordinary sewing needle.


Leather Needles
Used for leather work as the name suggests, these needles have triangular points which pass through tough materials without causing unnecessary abrasion. They are also suitable for use with suede and some plastics.

Long Darners

Long Darners
Another form of darning needle, the extra length and large eyes make these suitable for mending with wool.


Milliner Needles
Although traditionally used in the millinery trade, they are now more commonly used for pleating and fancy decorative stitches. They are similar to an ordinary sewing needle except that they are longer.


Quilting Needles
Specifically designed for quilters, the short length of these needles allows you to stitch far faster than when using an ordinary needle.


These are general sewing needles used by dressmakers around the world. Sizes 16-18 are known as carpet sharps and, as the name suggests, are used in the design of carpets and rugs.


Tapestry Needles
These large eye needles allow the user to thread tapestry wool or six-stranded cotton, whilst the blunt end enables the needle to pass through canvas without tearing it.







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