Piecemakers Hand Sewing Needles
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Item # Description
[needle display] J10/13 Beading
B8 Betweens/Quilting Size 8
B9 Betweens/Quilting Size 9
B10 Betweens/Quilting Size 10
B12 Betweens/Quilting Size 12
B5/10 Betweens/Quilting Size 5/10 Assorted
B8/12 Betweens/Quilting Size 8/12 Assorted
S12 Hand Applique (sharps size 12)
E5/10 Embroidery Size 5/10 Assorted
E7 Embroidery Size 7
E8 Embroidery Size 8
S5/10 Sharps Size 5/10 Assorted
C18/22 Chenille Size 18/22 Assorted
C20 Chenille Size 20
C22 Chenille Size 22
CB Calico Braided Rug Needles
T22 Tapestry Size 22
T24 Tapestry Size 24
T26 Tapestry Size 26
T28 Tapestry Size 28
M3/9 Milliner's Size 3/9 Assorted
D3 Dollmaking 3 1/2"
D5 Dollmaking 5 1/8"
D7 Dollmaking 7"
R7 Doll Sculpting (darners #7)
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Why are quilters and sewers worldwide asking for Piecemakers needles? Let us share how they came about and why we think they are the best.

Like most shop owners around the country, we listen to our customers. Complaint after complaint came in about the poor quality needles available. "Can't you find a better brand?", they'd say. We switched from brand to brand. Some were better than others, but none completely satifactory. Eyes would break, points were dull, needles were hard to thread -- the list went on.

So, in our search for a better needle, a good friend of ours (in the needle manufacturing business himself) listened to our woes. He said, "If you can't find a needle to suit you, the only answer is to have your own made to meet your specifications." That sounded impossible, but we went to work with him helping us. He took our "list of wants" and had samples made for us in Japan. These needles would be made to the highest standards. (The Japanese are very particular about their needles.)

Our friend showed us the tests run by the manufacturer for needle strength, as well as magnified pictures of eyes made to check for rough edges. We did comparison tests in our store, and our students used them and examined them for size. All reports were "thumbs up". This was too good to be true!

Here's part of our "want list" that came true

  • Clean Eyes - They won't fray the thread.
  • Sharp - They go through fabric like a hot knife slides through butter.
  • Sturdy and Strong - It takes a lot to break them.
  • Easy-to-Thread - We don't claim everyone can thread the smallest needle, but they sure are the easiest we have found to thread.

Now we've been selling them to individuals and stores since 1986. We're still small, so we haven't gone "big-time" in advertising, but the good news is spreading by word of mouth.

Following is a list of our needles and their uses for quilters, needleworkers, dollmakers, and sewers:

  • Beading - for stringing jewelry beads, stringing and sewing beads on fabric.
  • Quilting Betweens (sizes 8, 9, 10 & 12) - For quilting, hand piecing and applique. Betweens are available two ways: packaged in their own individual sizes and in two assorted packages - 8/12 assorted (made only by Piecemakers) and 5/10 assorted.
  • Dollmaking (sizes 3 1/2" or 5 1/8" or 7") - For embroidering features, putting on hair, buttons for eyes, hand stitching body parts, and basting quilts. The larger sizes are for jointing and joining doll or teddy bear body parts, tying quilts and upholstery. Dollmakers are available in three packages - 3 1/2" or 5 1/8" or 7".
  • Doll Sculpting (Darner No. 7) - For sculpting dolls in woven or knit fabrics, basting, mending (recommended by elinor peace bailey).
  • Hand Applique - For hand applique, piecing and sewing on delicate fabrics -- thinner and longer than a quilting needle.
  • Sharps (assorted sizes 5/10) - For general hand sewing and hemming.
  • Milliners (sizes 3/9 assorted) - These needles have endless uses -- basting quilts and other extensive basting jobs, putting eyes on small dolls, beading (the shorted needle works), some embroidery.
  • Embroidery (sizes 5/10 assorted) - For all types of embroidery and crewel on finer fabrics.
  • Embroidery (size 7) - Especially sized for picture smocking and "chicken scratch".
  • Embroidery (size 8) - For geometric English smocking.
  • Tapestry (sizes 22, 24, 26 and 28) - A blunt point needle for cross-stitch, needlepoint, silk ribbon embroidery and embroidery on open-meshed materials.
  • Chenille (sizes 18/22 assorted, sizes 20 and 22) - Similar in length to tapestry needles but with sharp points and a larger eye, this needle is used for silk ribbon embroidery, tying quilts, crewel work, candlewicking, embroidering with #3 or #5 Perle cotton and stitching on coarse materials.
  • Calico Braided Rug - For lacing and stitching cotton fabric braids together in rug making and for ribbon embroidery with wide ribbons. Works well on leather, too.

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