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Cross-Stitch Needles

The needle to the right is an embroidery needle which is used for cross-stitching.


To achieve a nice-looking cross-stitch piece of art it is important to use the correct needle when cross-stitching. Most kits include one, however if you are starting on your own, here are some good suggestions.

Notice the two needles shown above.  The needle to the left is a hand needle which is used for hand sewing. The needle to the right is an embroidery needle used for cross-stitching. The average size needle used for cross-stitching is 22-24.


Notice the difference in the eye of the needles. The needle to the left is for hand sewing, mending, or quilting. Notice how small the eye of the needle is.  It is just large enough to fit one layer of thread in it. The embroidery needle to the right has a much larger and longer eye and can handle 2-6 layers of embroidery floss which is much thicker than thread as shown in the photo below.

Notice how thing regular green sewing thread is on the left compared to three strands of embroidery floss on the right in the purple and yellow.



Notice the difference in the points of the two needles above.  The sewing needle has a sharp point to help it go through one or more layers of fabric.  The point must be sharp to be able to do this.  The cross-stitch needle on the right has a wide dull end to it allowing you to guide your needle better when trying to slide it through the holes of your canvas.

When hand sewing, you need a sharp needle to go through layers of tightly woven fabrics.  When cross-stitching you need a needle with a dull rounded point to it to get into the holes that are already provided for you on your cross-stitch canvas as shown in the photo above.  The photo has been enlarge a great deal to show the fine threads. Using a sharp needle for cross-stitch would be frustrating because the sharpness of the needle would keep catching on the threads around the hole in the canvas instead of going into the hole.





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