I have just started Lilly, Lilly Rose by Sargent. I am stitching 1 over 1 on 18Ct. The needles I have been using seem to wear very easily. Can some one let me know of a quality needle that the finish does not wear off so quickly? Thanks for the help.
quote:Originally posted by cindyz I have just started Lilly, Lilly Rose by Sargent. I am stitching 1 over 1 on 18Ct. The needles I have been using seem to wear very easily. Can some one let me know of a quality needle that the finish does not wear off so quickly? Thanks for the help.
TRy gold needles, the finish is very smoth, and does not wear as quickly
What brand are you currently using??? I know some people who have problems with all of them, due to the acid levels in their body chemistry. Others do well with the John James platinum or gold, when they can't stand the non-plated ones. Most online stores have John James needles, if your local store doesn't - I've never seen them in a chain store like JoAnn's or Michael's or Hobby Lobby.
There are also folks that swear by Piecemakers, but I've never had any of those, so I can't say one way or the other....
What needlenumber do you use? I bought a few years ago goldplated needles from, what used to be Permin, number 28 and 26. I started my SQ with 28 on evenweave 28ct, which is a bit easier than aida, but they do wear quickly, so I use a 26 and since then no more wear and tear.But I must say that I love working with goldplated needles and like Rifestitch said there are a lot to chose from online. You just have to find the needle that suits you best.
Good luck and happy
Something at an another topic reminded me about needles, probably you stitchers allready know.But I left once a needle in an unfinished pattern and after a few months I discovered that the needle had left its mark from rust. So never leave a needle in your work but put it where it can do no harm.
quote:Originally posted by stitcherfe I have also seen 'petit' needles mentioned, which are supposed to be easier to use because they are shorter.
I have recently gotten some John James petites, and I have to tell you, I love them! They are short, and I have 24 and 26, depending on what I'm working on. The 26s are great for all of the over-1 stitching I do, perfect for 32ct - the 28ct over-1, I can use whatever. But I do kind of have a mish mash of needles; I never really paid much attention to them until recently, and was usually happy enough to get one of those assortment packs you can pick up at Wal Mart or wherever. In betweens and sharps I use almost as much as the tapestry needles. For my SQ, because I'm doing it on 22ct and it's kinda tight, I don't use any of my tapestry needles - they won't go through the holes because they're too blunt! And as I have about 30 needles in use when I'm working it, I don't have that many of these JJ needles, anyway!
It takes a little getting used to to use the petites - when I switch back and forth, I drop them for a few minutes until my fingers get reconnected to the brain, then it's almost as though you don't even have a needle! And I find that lately, I'm wearing the finish off more than I used to, so I assume something in my body chemistry has changed slightly. Since I can't really tell you what kind/brands I have besides the JJ (I keep those in their packages - the others are all jumbled together in a needle keeper), I can only assume it's me and not the kind I bought
I use all kinds of needles amd have never really had a problem, the only thing is that now I try and keep them all the same size, whether they be normal, petites or double-ended. Every now and then I'll pick up an old needle and marvel at how I used to stitch with such enormous things!
I don't have any fancy gold or platinum needles, just the cheap and cheerful kind, and they never seem to wear. I might occasionally need to file down the eye a little if it's catching, but otherwise nothing.