What are different types of needles and their purpose

Different Types of Needles and their purposes

1. Sharps

These are all purpose needles used for everyday purposes. They have a Round eye with a medium length. 

These needles are used in dressmaking, to make bullion knots or French knots in counted work, smocking. Applique is another use.

2. Embroidery or Crewel Needles

They have long narrow eyes with a very sharp point. They are of medium length. This is what we use as normal embroidery needles. They come in different sizes .

3. Tapestry Needles

These needles have a blunt point and a large eye (Oval eye) – elongated eye for easy threading, and blunt point  glides smoothly through the holes in your fabric, without splitting the threads.

Tapestry needles have different sizes. Smaller the number the larger the needle size

4. Beading Needles

These are the needles used to string beads in bead embroidery. The small beads need a needle with a very small eye, so normal needles cannot be used. Common beading needles are very thin and long with tiny eye otherwise small beads would not pass through. 

5. Chenille Needles

This needle have large eyes and very sharp points. The eyes are large enough to accommodate ribbon and other thick yarn. 

6. Darning Needles

These needles have very large eye and are commonly used for threading bulky yarn and wide ribbons. The tip of the needle is slightly curved, making it easier to pick up stitches. These long sturdy needles have very sharp points .

These needles are suited for darning and doll making.

7. Quilting Needles

These needles have long shanks and can easily penetrate through your quilt layers. They are quite short with small, round eyes.  They make even small stitches needed for quilting and hemming.

8. Felting Needles

These are L shaped sharp needles meant for repeatedly jabbing on felt wool

9. Canvas Needles

These thick blunt needles are suited for use on plastic canvas. You can use these needles to join knitted fabric pieces as well

10. Bodkins

These are long thick and blunt needle (some times with sharp point)with a large eye. They are used for threading elastic, ribbons, and cords through casings

11. Curved Needles

These needles are also called upholstery needles. This curved needles are used to repair and mend usually upholstery weight fabric and gives almost invisible blind stitches. It is also helpful in reaching for seam which is impossible to reach with normal needles

12. Leather Needles

These are needles (Glovers) with a  sharp tip shaped like a triangle for cutting into thick leather.

13. Milliners Needles

These are long sharp needles traditionally used in millinery trade. Nowadays they are used for making decorative stitches

14. Between Needles

These are needles used for hand quilting, and fine needlework such as shadow work embroidery. They have sharp points, Round eye and a short length 

15. Self Threading Needles

These are needles with a special groove in the eye, so that you can easily thread the needle

16. Tambour Needles

These needles are used for Luneville embroidery. Luneville embroidery is a term used for making different types of tambour embroidery.

*Credit goes to Sewing Guide for this amazing Needle Guide*