Tool Review Tuesday: Chenille 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: John James Chenille Needles by Colonial Needle Co, Item #21350, 21351, 21353, 21354, 21352 Connecting Threads Reviewer: Ann

What is this tool typically used for?

Embroidery with thicker flosses, yarn, and ribbon. My favorite, the #24 Chenille needle, is the same width and length of a tapestry or cross-stitch needle but has a sharp point instead of a rounded, blunt end. This allows it to easily penetrate closely woven fabric like our quilting cottons.

Upon first glance, what were your initial thoughts?

The eye of the needle looks like it would be large enough for my preferred #5 pearl cotton for embroidery.

How did you use it?

I did some embroidering with #5 pearl cotton through two layers of our 100% cotton fabric – the back layer was used to minimize darker threads showing through the light fabric on top. The needle was the right size to hold, sharp enough to penetrate the fabric easily, and a cinch to thread with a yarn-sized needle-threader.

How long did it take you to learn how to use it?

Right away – worked well from the start.

What did you like best?

I liked that I could easily thread the needle with #5 pearl cotton or ribbon.

What did you like the least?

The eye was too large for my favorite Clover Desk Threader. However, we carry two needle threaders which work well with thicker flosses, pearl cotton, yarns, and ribbon: the Double Needle Threader by Dritz and the Embroidery Needle Threader by Clover.

Why do you NEED Chenille Needles?

Threading a regular embroidery needle with more than 2-3 strands of floss or pearl cotton larger than #12 or #8 can be a frustrating challenge. Even those can be difficult with vision problems. The larger eye of chenille needles help a lot!

Who would appreciate Chenille Needles most?

These are perfect for:

  • Embroiderers


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