Last night I finished the quilting on the Paula quilt. It’s not fancy. In fact it’s just enough to hold it together. I don’t have the time to do “real” quilting because I need to get the binding and sleeve done and get it in the mail. But while I was burying threads it got me to thinking about self-threading needles and the adage “you get what you pay for”.
Here are the 2 styles of needles that I have. The one on the top is a self-threading needle and is sold by Clover, Colonial and other companies. It’s relatively inexpensive. To thread the needle you pop the thread through the “V” at the top. You can’t tell in the photo but there’s a little opening there that, in theory, the thread will slide through.
When I’m quilting I like to bury threads as I go and a self-threading needle really speeds up the process. The problem is that often the act of threading the needle breaks the thread. That has happened to me often and I eventually stopped using these needles.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a Facebook ad for Spiral Eye Needles and I decided to give them a try. I almost didn’t buy them because 3 needles are $16! that does include shipping but that’s a darned expensive needle. Of course bow I know that they are more expensive because they actually work! You can see from the photo how much better the Spiral Eye is made.
They do have a lower priced version called SENCH that is manufactured in China and there’s a special on those needles now. I’m not affiliated, just a happy customer.
I got what I paid for: a self-threading needle that actually works!