Ok another confession I love notions, I love a new gadget but today the focus is Needles and Pins.
Do you have a favourite needle? For a long time my preferred Applique Needle has been Bohin No 9 Straw or Appliqué. They are long and fine and perfect for turning under applique seams. However my love of BOHIN does not preclude me from trying other brands in search of the perfect needle.
Lately I have been trialing Tulip Needles. I bought this gift pack about six months ago on Massdrop, its really is too pretty to open, but I have a box of Milliners No 10 floating in my sewing stash. The jury’s still out on if I am ready to replace my Bohin Stash with Tulip Needles I am finding some are little hard to thread or it may just be that I am in need of new glasses which is quite possible.
The needles in the John James Pebble are embroidery needles and I like to use them for hand quilting with pearl cotton they are thick and sturdy good for going through multiple layers with thick thread. I usually turn to Bohin Crewel No 9 needles for stitcheries and other embroidery.
Sue Daley Milliners are super fine and of course perfect for English Paper Piecing and they can also be used for Applique. They are quite bendy which I don’t mind as they kind of mold to your fingers after a while which makes them comfortable to use for long sewing sessions.
I freely admit to being a pin snob. I prefer to pay a bit extra and get good quality pins and my preferred brand is Clover. I think with pins you get what you pay for. My applique pins have been in the notion stash for years but I prefer to use Roxanne Glue for securing Applique in place but they come in handy when the freezer paper template lifts and I just have a bit more to needle turn.
I discovered Patchwork Pins (fine) by Clover a few years ago they are flexible and super fine. The pins won’t leave a mark on your fabric and are very sharp. They help make your piecing accurate, as they don’t add any bulk to the seam.
The black pins are Entomology Pins by Merchant and Miller and I find them pretty interchangeable with the Clover pins however where the patchwork pins are flexible these are strong and quite rigid.
Let us know what you favourite needle and pins are.