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Needle sizes
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 7:16 PM
Posted by diane
Can someone tell me what is the best # needle size to use for doing counted cross-stitch on 14 count white Aida cloth? Some needles I have, the tip is too round which makes it hard to poke through the hole when other stitches are there, and the eye is too large, so it drags through the hole, causing me to really pull it which results in pain in my poor arthritic thumb! For other needles where the eye is much smaller and slides through better, the tip is too sharp and I am forever trying to bring the needle up through the fabric in just the right spot. Any suggestions? Thanks so very much!
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    Reply from Norma
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:27 PM
    Use 024 embroidery needle. Go to top
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      Reply from elaine cripe
      Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:27 AM
      yes norma if you hadn't replied I also would say 24 Go to top
      • Reply from diane
        Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:17 PM
        Thank you, ladies! Go to top
  • Reply from Layton James
    Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:22 AM
    The ‘rule of thumb’ I work to is that if the fabric is 1x count Aida (where ‘x’ is 4, 6 or 8) then I would use a 2x needle. So for 18 count Aida I would use a 28 size needle. I used a 24 size needle on 18 count Aida and it made the holes in the fabric very large; a size 28 needle is perfect. Go to top