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Embroidery Needles and Other Sundries

Embroidery Digitizing Needles and Other Sundries

High quality embroidery digitizing needles are expensive but are more than worth the investment, for they will make your work a pleasure. Carelessly made embroidery needles have small imperfections that can snag your fabric and threads from previous stitching.

The larger the number, the smaller/finer the needle (milliners are exceptions). If the needle is too large, it’s difficult to pass easily through the fabric and may produce sloppy-looking stitches. If too small, it damages the thread, even to the point of breakage, with each stitch you take.

Crewel (Embroidery)

These are the shortest needles used for embroidery and are sized from 1 (the largest) to 10 (the smallest).


These sharp-pointed needles have large eyes for easy threading, and are sized from 13 (the largest) through 26 (the smallest).


These blunt pointed needles will not pierce the fabric sufficiently for most embroidery stitches but are useful when you need to weave an additional thread on the surface of already completed stitches. They’re sized the same as chenille needles.


These narrow needles have very fine eyes which can pass easily through the holes of beads, and are available in both long and short lengths.


These long needles have the same diameter along the entire length; use them to execute Bullion Knots.


These general, all-purpose needles are useful for hand-finishing and basting.

Some other embroidery tools you might find useful in your stitching projects include the following.

Needle Threaders

These tiny, inexpensive tools are wonderful time savers; keep one handy as you work.

Embroidery Scissors

Reserve your scissors for needlework only and keep them with your other stitching tools. Have them professionally sharpened when they become dull. Use these for clipping threads and removing mistakes. (Never use a seam ripper for the latter.) Use a scissors sheath or case to protect the points and prevent them from stabbing other items in your stitching bag or basket. If you stitch with metallic and synthetic fibers, consider a second pair of embroidery scissors that are old and duller than your fine ones. (If you only have one good pair, don’t cut these fibers using the tips of the scissors; cut closer to the base of the blade.)


Very useful for picking out threads when you’re correcting mistakes.


These embroiderer’s aids prevent callused and punctured fingertips, but are a personal preference.


Use dressmaker’s shears for cutting your fabrics.

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