Easy Threading Needles: A Review


Easy-Threading Needles (in alphabetical order)

So I’ve mentioned easy-threading needles before (see my drawing below). I would give you a link to that post, but I’m not sure which one it is. Le sigh. Regardless, I thought that perhaps after buying five different packages of needles, I would be able to guide you toward the best ones. I can’t. I tried out 38 needles. Some had needles that would not thread because there was no opening in the top, causing the thread to break. I can still use the needles if I can actually thread them manually. Here’s a little rundown on defective needles and thread breakage.

Easy Threading Needle

Easy Threading Needle

Thread: I started with Star thread but it broke most of the time so then I used YLI 40wt, Bottom Line 60wt, and Sulky 30wt.

Clover (Japan), shredding, broke the thread 3X out of 15.

Dritz (Czech Republic), shredding, broke the thread 2X out of 18, would not thread 6X/18.

John James (not sure where mfd, inspected in England), two defective needles, less shredding, broke the thread 6X/18. While these were the easiest to thread, the thread kept popping out through the top eye while I was actually hand sewing a project.

Sewology (China), less shredding, thread broke 4X/18. There were no defective needles in this pack, but there were at least three in my last pack and the needles that were working before, no long thread from the top.

Singer (China), the worst for shredding. These needles have only one eye and one needle was broken at that eye, thread broke 10X/18. Freeing the Dial-A-Needle Case from the packaging required scissors and the needles wouldn’t come out because there was tape over the hole, which was not immediately apparent. Aarrgghh.

Conclusion: I have enough easy-threading needles to last me awhile and I’ll keep searching for a better needle. If you know of a high-quality product, please point me in the right direction. Ineedlelittlelove. (Sorry)

Coming soon: Art Abandonment, Automatons, Tidying, Small Projects.






About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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