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Here are some general guidelines. . .

Embroidery needles have a slightly bigger eye than regular sewing needles (also called sharps) - perfect for using thicker embroidery thread.

I use size 5 embroidery needles for four strands of DMC floss (my favorite thickness in most of my patterns). These are also the needles I use when I do any hand-sewing with kids - the bigger eye is easier for them to thread.

I use size 8 embroidery needles for sewing felt softies (not applique). They're just the right size for 2 strands of DMC floss, which is what I use for whipstitching all my felt softies. I also use size 8 for all 12 wt. thread - so it's perfect for all my big stitch quilting.

If you're going to stitch with a range of thread thicknesses, I recommend the assorted pack of size 5-10 embroidery needles. Those sizes will cover 1-6 strands of DMC floss - the whole range.

If you're going to sew with a lot of thicker threads, I recommend the assorted pack of size 1-5 embroidery needles. Those will accommodate even the thickest Eleganza or Razzle thread.

Milliners needles are long, with a big eye, and uniform thickness. This makes them perfect for using with wrapped stitches (like French knots) because you can slide the eye of the needle through the wraps without it getting stuck. The #1 size is perfect for Razzle or Eleganza threads.

Tiny #11 straw needles are crazy thin. They're perfect for nearly invisible applique on wool felt, because the needle is so thin you can't really see the hole it pokes in the felt. These are perfect with the superfine 100 wt. Invisafil thread.

Doll needles are long and sturdy. They're great for button joints, needle sculpting softies, and tied quilts.

Quilting betweens are short and strong, with a tiny eye. They're ideal for traditional hand quilting with regular thread. The multisize pack is great for beginners. Start with the bigger needles and, as you get more comfortable with the running stitch, work your way down to shorter needles to get smaller stitches.

Remember - needle size are the reverse of what you'd expect. The bigger the number, the smaller the needle.

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