Tool Review Tuesday: Black Gold Needles

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.

Featured Tool: Black Gold Needles – Appliqué Sharps by Clover, Item #21198, 21199, 21200, 21201

Connecting Threads Reviewer: Judy

What is this tool typically used for?

I use these needles for general hand sewing.

Upon first glance, what were your initial thoughts?

Honestly, I can’t remember my first glance. I’ve been using these for years.

How do you use them?

I use the Black Gold Needles for binding and when I am doing hand sewing. They’re great!

What do you like best about the Black Gold Needles?

I really like these needles for hand sewing and especially for binding. They are thin and glide through the fabric nicely. They also don’t bend as easily as some of the other needles I have used. I have a tendency to bend needles for some reason. Package 21201 has two needles of each size: 9, 10, and 12. It’s a great way to try them out and see what size works best–it’s usually dependent on the fabric you are sewing on and personal preference. The special black plating on the surface allows the needle to pierce effortlessly through fabric, enabling sewing with little resistance.

What did you like the least?

They are a little harder to see if you drop one.

Why do you NEED them?

Because we all need lots of needles.

Who would appreciate the Black Gold Needles – Appliqué/Sharps most?

These are perfect for:

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Expert quilters
  • Embroiderers, Paper-Piecers
  • Someone acquiring “the basics”

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  1. Ann - March 28, 2017

    These are my favorite needles by far! I too have used them for years. They glide smoothly through fabric and are just the right size. They thread well by hand or with the Clover Desk Needle Threader. The needles rarely bend or break even after extended use – I do use them extensively! I have made hundreds of Yo-Yos, done lots of EPP, binding, and hand-piecing…and the needles work well for all of it and last a long time. I highly recommend them!

  2. Paula K. - March 30, 2017

    Never heard of these, but am willing to try them
    I too, tend to bend needles A LOT!