Black Gold Needles for Hand Sewing

One of the reasons I enjoy working for Connecting Threads is the ongoing creative inspiration. A longtime quilter, I am currently enjoying doing a lot of hand sewing for smaller quilted projects with appliqué, embroidery, English Paper Piecing (EPP), and Yo-Yos. This has led me to try a variety of hand sewing tools and accessories.

Black Gold Needles
Black Gold needles by Clover Mfg. Co. are my favorite new product carried by Connecting Threads!

I used one #9 Appliqué/Sharps needle to make 92 Yo-Yos, using Clover Yo-Yo Makers, over 12 hours of driving to California at Thanksgiving. The needle never bent, broke, or got dull!

Using that needle or another one, I made many more Yo-Yos, sewed piles of ¾” hexagon paper templates to squares of batiks for an EPP project, used YLI Wonder Invisible Nylon Thread to sew the EPP pieces together into flowers, and worked on an appliqué project. The thin, but strong, Black Gold needles slid through the fabric easily and worked great for every needlework task.

Clover Needle Threader
Another great thing about the Black Gold needles is that, due to their oval-shaped eyes, they work well with the Clover Needle Threader. I had one of these needle threaders in my lap all day in the car and it threaded the needle almost 100% of the time.

Back at work, I gathered threads, including our 50 wt. Essential thread, 100 wt. YLI silk thread, and YLI Wonder Invisible Nylon Thread, and four of the Clover Needle Threaders. The three thread types worked well consistently with the needle threaders with both the Black Gold #9 and #12 Appliqué/Sharps.

If the needle did not thread, readjusting the thread so it sat deeply in the groove or turning the needle slightly fixed the problem.

Several of our staff tried the Black Gold Appliqué/Sharps needles before we decided to carry them. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!




  1. MarciaW - December 12, 2012

    thanks for the informative product review

  2. Carol Hinton - December 12, 2012

    I can second your comments on the Clover Black Gold needles with enthusiasm! They are all the things you say. I use a lot of batiks for applique and everyone knows how hard batiks are to hand needle, but these needles remain sharp and straight and easy to pull through. Glad CT is carrying them — I have been ordering them from Hawaii!

  3. Sheila Galindo - December 12, 2012

    I have all of these products, except the Black Gold Needles, Guess I’ll have to order some of those, too.

  4. Sandy Walker - December 18, 2012

    I’m always on the lookout for good handwork needles. I’ve looked at the Black Gold at my LQS, and your recommendation has convinced me to give them a try.

  5. Nicole Montgrain - September 3, 2013

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  6. Jean - August 26, 2017

    These are indeed superb needles. Having tried them, I now will use nothing else!