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Needles And Their Sizes

Postby Lord Libidan » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:46 am

Cross stitch needles are also known as small tapestry needles, they have rounded points, and have a longer wider space to thread in.
Most cross stitch needles are nickel plated, you can also get gold plated ones, which are for people with nickel allergies, they don't aid or hinder performance. However they are less prone to rust.
Petite needles are the same width as normal embroidery needles, but are 1/4 of an inch smaller than normal needles, which are an inch long. These needles are go get the most out of the thread, or for personal preference.

The higher the number of needle the smaller the needle actually is.
You may find that a size smaller needle helps, I personally use 1 size smaller than normal, as it pulls the fabric less, unless using plastic canvas.

As a general guide:
Size 18 - 6 count aida fabric
Size 20 - 8 count aida fabric
Size 22 - 11 count aida fabric
Size 24 - 14 count aida fabric
Size 26 - 16 count aida fabric
Size 28 - 18 count aida fabric

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Re: Needles And Their Sizes

Postby kuja.girl » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:47 am

I bought gold plated needles once - and I really liked them except that the gold plate wore off before I finished my project - so in my opinion, they are a waste of money.
I'm (a little) allergic to nickle but I've never had a reaction to a needle, I think my calluses protect me.
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Re: Needles And Their Sizes

Postby kuja.girl » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:07 am

I found that they were slightly smoother than the nickle-plated ones, though it could have been my imagination. They don't cost much more, but if I have to toss them after every project then I'd rather not be bothered. >:)
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Re: Needles And Their Sizes

Postby amphibious » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:08 pm

I knew to use the blunt ones with big eyes, but you are saying there are different sizes of needle for different counts of aida?! Crazy!

I must go and see if I kept the packet for my needles because I am suddenly very curious what I have been using all this time.

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