No tools are more basic to sewing than needles are. They existed even before thread and fabric as our ancient ancestors used pointed objects to perforate hides so they could be laced together with leather cords. Centuries of technology later we have highly advanced, modern hand sewing needles that do basically the same thing. But they do it so much better now. Few tools are more useful. This primordial sewing tool has evolved into virtually every genre of sewing specialty including general sewing, appliqué, embroidery, ribbon embroidery, quilting, upholstery, tapestry, basting, beading, darning, tailoring, etc. and etc. In addition to having needles specific to a wide range of applications, suitable sizes of each have developed. The general convention for sizing needles is that within any given style or class of needle the length and thickness of the needle increases as the size number decreases. Just remember it’s backwards and you’ll keep it straight. As an added complication though, a size 10 of one style of needle may be either larger or smaller than a size 10 of another style. It’s important to select the type of needle for your intended application and then select the smallest size consistent with the size of thread being used. The larger the needle the larger the eye. Having the right needle and the right size needle makes all the difference.
A needle has to have a point, either sharp or ball, consistent with its intended use. It has to be smooth so it pulls evenly through layers of fabric. It has to be resilient so it will flex without bending or breaking. It has to have a smooth eye that can easily be threaded and hold the thread without causing damage. It has to be durable so its term of use is not limited by the quality of materials used or manufacturing techniques applied. And all of that has to be consistent 100% of the time. Clover has gone to extraordinary effort to ensure the availability of a wide range of needle styles as well as uncompromising quality control.
- Black Gold Hand Sewing Needles
Produced with unique coating materials and manufactured with a non-traditional vertical polishing process, the Black Gold needles are a premium brand. Strong, sharp and uncommonly smooth they are the choice of those to whom ultimate performance is a necessity.
Black Gold Needles
Art No. 4960 - 4963: Black Gold Needles Quilting Between – primarily for quilting of anything requiring small, precise stitches.
Art No. 4970 - 4973: Black Gold Needles Appliqué/Sharps – a good general purpose needle suitable for most general applications.
Art No. 4980 - 4983: Black Gold Needles Quilting – perfect for short, precise hand quilting stitches.
- Clover Gold Eye Hand Sewing Needles
Gold Eye Hand Sewing Needles are perfect for a wide range of hand sewing applications. They are available in several styles and sizes.
Art No. 468/09, 468/10, 468/12: Quilting Needles – perfect for short, precise hand quilting stitches.
Art No. 496/09, 496/10, 496/12: Gold Eye Quilting Needles Between – a little shorter and narrower than the quilting needle.
Art No. 237/10: Gold Eye Sharp Needles – this is the “go to” general hand sewing needle.
Gold Eye Appliqué Needles
Art No. 497/09, 497/10, 497/12: Gold Eye Appliqué Needles – ideal for detail work that requires a sharp point that penetrates without bending.
Art No. 235: Gold Eye Embroidery Needles (No. 3 - 9) – ideal for embroidery, heirloom or general sewing.
Art No. 2012: Huck Embroidery Needles – unique curved tip enables easy fabric manipulation.
Art No. 234/18, 234/20, 234/22, 234/24: Gold Eye Chenille Needles – perfect for crewel embroidery and ribbon.
Art No. 238, 238/24: Gold Eye Tapestry Needles – perfect for needlepoint, counted cross stitch, etc.
Art No. 2007, 2009: Sashico Needles – long and extra long shafts to accommodate sashiko embroidery techniques.
Gold Eye Milliners Needles
Art No. 236: Gold Eye Milliners Needles – great for basting, pleating and decorative stitches.
Self Threading Needles
Art No. 2006: Self Threading Needles – a general purpose needle with an easy to thread slotted eye.
By Steve Butler
Enjoy sewing with Clover hand sewing needles!!