Gold Tapestry Hand Needles-Size 20 3/Pkg
COLONIAL-John James Gold-Tapesty Hand Needle. For needlepoint, embroidery and decorative stitching on loosely woven fabrics. These needles have a large eye to accommodate yarn, several strands of floss or decorative threads, its blunt tip passes through the fabric without damaging it. 3 per package.
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For the first time I've been working on an 18-ct piece instead of 14 or 16 so the needle was smaller than I'd used in the past. I recently lost it so needed to purchase a replacement as I had no spare in that size. After much searching, these gold John James needles seemed okay, but I was very worried that they'd be too sharp, as the one I'd been using was more blunt at the tip.
Now that I am using one of these needles, it has sped up my stitching to a crazy degree. I am SO HAPPY I lost my DMC needle and bought these as a replacement. The needles are indeed sharper, but instead of being a nuisance, it helps bring the needle up cleanly in tight spots without messing up previous stitches. Also my thread twists A LOT less than it used to, also a time saver.
It takes me more time to thread these needles as the eye is smaller (so I might buy a needle threader), but overall it's still a time saving.
So far I've not had any problems with the needles bending.
I have tried two brands of these gold-plated tapestry needles and both have been well worth the extra expense.