Which needle for cross stitch? This is a question that many beginners ask themselves when they first begin stitching. There are many different types of needles for cross stitch, so what size needle should I use for cross stitch?
The first thing to look at is the depth of the needle. Many beginners who first start stitching on a needle with a large head will soon find out that the material doesn’t stick well to the pointed end of the needle. After only a few stitches, this problem starts to make the work difficult to stitch on. Some people say it is a function of the material; some say it is an effect of the overall sewing ability of the person; and some say it’s just plain bad luck.
The reason for this is that once a hole is cut in the paper for a pattern, it can’t be replaced. The fabric has to be cut out and traced over. It may look good when traced over, but when cut, it looks shabby.
So, if a pattern uses a round or oval tip for a needle, do the same. Round or oval tips are much easier to work with than a needle with a pointed end. A needle with a pointed end cuts too much fabric in a hurry and leaves it sticking out of the needle.
Another thing to consider is the design on the piece you are stitching. Some people prefer to use a contrasting color of thread for each stitched area of the piece. Other people are content with using a single thread for the entire piece.
Of course, this is a matter of personal preference. If you don’t like the feel of one thread over another, try a variety of colors. Or, you could try a needle with no eye. These can be used by itself as a replacement for the needle you use for cross stitch.
The other consideration to make when it comes to needles for cross stitch is the material. Would you rather use pure silk, plain cotton cloth, or a shiny metallic thread? For example, if you’re making a sports jersey, you might choose a cloth and metallic thread. Otherwise, you might go with a more traditional fabric such as chenille or linen.
Then again, there are plenty of other things to think about when you are looking at needles for cross stitch. You might also want to know how wide a needle should be.
When you’re working on a project, you’re likely to be stitching a wide variety of stitches, so you might want to try a variety of different sizes. Also, you can choose the right needle for your sewing project based on the thickness of the material you are working with.
For example, if you are using a very thick fabric such as muslin, a medium size needle might be fine. Likewise, if you’re using a thinner fabric such as denim, a large needle might be your best bet.
If you are unsure about the thickness of the material you are working with, you might try a medium or large needle. You might be surprised to find out that they are not so big after all. After all, a needle with a larger head is going to spread the fabric out a little better than a needle with a smaller head.
Finally, it is also important to look at how the fabric you are working with is going to be stitched up. If you’re going to be sewing a picture frame in the back, you might need a thicker needle. On the other hand, if you’re stitching a plain white coverlet, you might only need a very thin needle.