Why are quilters and sewers worldwide asking for Piecemakers
needles? Let us share how they came about and why we think they
are the best.
Like most shop owners around the country, we listen to
our customers. Complaint after complaint came in about the poor
quality needles available. "Can't you find a better brand?", they'd
say. We switched from brand to brand. Some were better than others,
but none completely satisfactory. Eyes would break, points were
dull, needles were hard to thread -- the list went on.
So, in our search for a better needle, a good friend of
ours (in the needle manufacturing business himself) listened to our
woes. He said, "If you can't find a needle to suit you, the only
answer is to have your own made to meet your specifications." That
sounded impossible, but we went to work with him helping us. He
took our "list of wants" and had samples made for us in Japan.
These needles would be made to the highest standards.
Our friend showed us the tests run by the manufacturer
for needle strength, as well as magnified pictures of eyes made to
check for rough edges. We did comparison tests in our store, and
our students used them and examined them for size, strength and
ease of stitching. All reports were "thumbs up"!
Here's part of our "want list" that came true:
- Clean Eyes - They won't fray the thread.
- Sharp - They go through fabric like a hot knife slides
- Sturdy and Strong - It takes a lot to break them.
- Easy-to-Thread - We don't claim everyone can thread the
smallest needle, but they surely are the easiest we have found to
We've been selling Piecemakers Fine Hand Sewing Needles
to individuals and stores since 1986. Following is an email (sent
September 3, 2013) from Lawrence Wilbur, a stitcher and
designer who has been featured in several needle arts
"To the makers of Piecemakers needles... Being a 90 year old
male. who has stitched for over 25 years, and stitched BASS WEJUNS
for 45 years, sewing over 300,000 pairs of Bass Weejuns - I know
needles, Having finally tried the Piecemakers tapestry
needles, size 28, I found them to be the ultimate needle for
X-stitch craft. The point is perfect in being not too pointed
as to pierce the fabric and not too blunt as to be hard to find a
hole, especially in the higher count fabric - 30, 32, and 40 Ct.
silk gauze, as in petit point. As a serious stitcher I thread all
my needles before starting, therefore I use a lot. Piecemakers are
the only needles I use. I have shared this knowledge with many
other serious stitchers. I tried the gold, platinum, etc; nothing
compares . I love the PIECEMAKERS NEEDLES."