Buy Scissors, Needles, and Other Sewing Accessories all in the one place
It’s amazing how much can be achieved with little more than a needle and thread, but it’s the little things that can really enhance the sewing experience. Sometimes, it’s just nice to have nice things. That’s why we offer a wide range of high-quality sewing accessories to really take your needlework to the next level.
Best Scissors for Needlework
Needlework is often a delicate process which requires very specific tools to achieve the best results. For fine stitching projects such as embroidery, we recommend that you buy small scissors that offer you the manoeuvrability you need to access those tight spots that larger scissors can’t reach. Most embroidery scissors are just 3-4 inches long.
When it comes to needlework, the sharper the blade, the better. Sharp blades allow you to cut cleanly through threads without leaving them frayed or dishevelled. Many embroidery scissors also feature a slight curve, which allows you to achieve those close and precise cuts that are often essential to fine needlework.
You and your scissors are probably going to become very well-acquainted over the years, so why not purchase something special that you know you’ll want to keep using? We just can’t get past these beautiful bird-shaped scissors, or these clever little scissors that are designed to look like Big Ben! It may not seem like much, but adding a little personality to your sewing accessories can really elevate your mood as you work.
Sewing and Embroidery Needles
One of the most essential tools for needlework is, of course, your needles. But with such a range of different sewing needle sizes available, it can be difficult to know which one you should be using. Choosing the right needle for the job depends on both the fabric and the thread you’re working with.
As a general rule, you should try to use needles that are roughly as wide as your thread. That way you can be confident that your thread will pass through the fabric easily (this helps to prevent fraying), without leaving an unsightly hole in your finished stitch.
It’s likely that your choice of fabric and thread may vary from project to project. For this reason, we encourage you to purchase a pack of needles, so that you can always find the right size. Take a look at these Huck Embroidery Needles which feature a curved tip that allows you to easily scoop up the fabric for accurate needlework. The pack comes with three different sized needles to suit a wide variety of threads and fabrics.
What’s the Best Way to Thread an Embroidery Needle?
While it can be fun to ‘wow’ people with your sharp eyes and steady hands, threading your needles can quickly become a pain. Thicker threads can also become damaged and begin to fray as you attempt to pass them through the eye of the needle.
To save your thread (and your sanity), we recommend purchasing a handy needle threader, which is designed to hook the thread and gently pull it through the eye of the needle. This is a fabulous tool for thicker threads, unsteady hands, and struggling eyes.
Needlework is a fine and precise activity. But without the right organisation, you can quickly lose track of your threads and get confused by your colours. This is where Cross Stitch Project Cards can really come in handy. Featuring little holes where you can safely tie your threads, and labels for easy identification, project cards are a great way of keeping track of all the colours you’re using, while also keeping threads organised and tangle-free.
The cards even come with a magnetic strip so you can keep your needles with your thread, ready to go when you need them.
Embroidery and Cross Stitch Magnifier
Needlework may be fun, but it can be a real strain on the eyes. Sometimes it can be difficult to see your stitches at all, particularly when working with darker threads or materials.
If you struggle to see your work due to failing eyesight, that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up your thimbles just yet. There are plenty of magnifiers available that allow you to see your work, while also aiding you in reading small print and needlework charts.
This one even comes with a light to ensure a crisp and clear image, even when working in low-light spaces!
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