Foxglove Cottage Needles

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Foxglove Cottage Needles

3.25

Tube of 16 needles.

The Straw needle has a narrow shank that glides easily through several layers of fabric. Since the eye of the needle is punched within the existing shank, it does hesitate at the eye when pulled through fabric. Best known for use in hand applique, the Straw needle is also useful for basting, hand piecing, and applique!

Sharps Hand Needles are best known as all purpose hand sewing needles. They are shorter and finer than Straw needles. Some prefer them for simple mending tasks, others like it for hand applique and hand quilting.
 

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There are the 2 types of needles I use for hand appliqué. I prefer the sharps because they are very thin; they are easy to push through the fabric compared to a thick needle which I find many people using. I can't seem to get my fingers to cooperate with a thimble so if I stitch for very long I end up with a sore spot on my middle finger. That's when I switch to the straws. The straw needle is about 3/8" longer than the sharp but almost as fine. I then sew with straws until I have a different sore spot.