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Do you suppose the person mixed up the "b" words in her quilting vocabulary and meant to label these needles as "basting" needles? Remember the olden days when quilt layers were hand basted together with giant stitches?
I know that stitching the parts of a book together is referred to as "book binding" but that's an entirely different type of needle .. a strong, thick needle, sort of like a leather needle.
You've presented us with a real mystery.
You may be right. I used to hand base when I did hand quilting and would find the longest needle I could.
I have bought "Doll" needles before just for the reasons mentioned by others below ... basting, but this is the first time I have seen "binding" on any packaging.
Look! Lori Holt has some called that too! I don't know what's up with it...I would never use that big needle for binding: https://pinkpossum.nz/products/binding-needles-lori-holt
Those Nifty needles are my FAV needle to hand sew binding down! The colored end makes it easier to thread the needle! They are new the last few years!
now the needle JOnna showed! That looks like a doll needle to me…..
I contacted the company's website, and I got this response via email: