by Sandra | July 21st, 2011
I thought I would never change my applique needle. It is comfortable in my hand, I can maneuver it well even in the smallest of areas. It is perfect.
Well it was. I received one of the most thoughtful birthday presents from my friend and in the treasure box, she had put some of these new needles from Clover. I have never been keen on Clover needles, but she really liked them and thought I would too.
I haven’t been able to stitch until today and I decided to give them a go. WOW! I am in love with this needle. I did not think my stitches could get much better or more invisible, but they did–instantly. I was amazed at how quickly I noticed the difference. This needle humbled me.
They are so sharp and they make other needles seem like they drag through the fabric in comparison. I normally use a #11 sharp Roxanne’s, but these new Black Gold Clover needles do not come in size 11. Maybe I will send an email begging to the company to make a size 11?
The needle size I used is the Black Gold no. 12 applique/sharp. Be careful you don’t get the in-between needles if you are interested in trying these out for applique. Of course I think I could go for some hand quilting with some quilting needles in this line. I have a feeling the needles would be amazing to quilt with.
The two down sides to using this needle, and this is purely personal preference, are:
-The needle is a bit shorter in length than my usual needle so my puffy fingers (having not been exercised recently) kind of had a hard time with the grip. I think this was more due to the fact I had been away from stitching for awhile rather than a problem that couldn’t be overcome.
-The price. Six needles for $5.50. Yee-owch. Compared to my Roxanne 50 needle vials, this is a bit rich in comparison. However, after experiencing such an instantaneous difference, I am willing to skip a few dinners to pay for them.
I have put in an order for some size 10 needles to try out and I am anxious to see the size difference between them. My guess is the size 10′s will be comparable to my size 11 Roxanne’s and other than the price and being a little bit hungry, I will be in stitching heaven.
If you run across these needles (kind of hard to find right now in shops) and you have a few extra dollars to spare, buy them and try them out. You just might fall in love all over again with your needle! They may help you lose weight too. If only.
Thank you for one of the best birthday presents ever dear friend!