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What are these needles used for?   General Discussion

Started Sep-5 by JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt); 475 views.
I recently purchased these needles out of curiosity, because I knew there was probably some way I could use them. But they are HUGE needles - 5 inches long! They look like doll-making needles, but are clearly packaged as "BINDING NEEDLES." I presume they are intended to be used for binding quilts, but maybe not. They were very inexpensive. I can think of a few other ways they could be used, but I cannot for the life of me imagine how they would be used to bind a quilt. I have already contacted the business named on the packaging (address of the company is in Aurora, Illinois), and I also chatted online with a "customer service" person on another website, but she had no idea about these.
So, how about it? Do any of you have an idea about how to use these "BINDING NEEDLES"? Or what you might need them for?

CC (ccase5)

From: CC (ccase5)


Ha, I don't really know but i did one quilt when I was so tired that i hand stitched the binding on the back horribly. Could use a big needle for a job like that. worked but looks so bad. One day i may take out the stitches and do it over!!
binding needle. maybe someone else will come up with the answer!

From: judyinohio


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.

  • Edited September 5, 2023 10:38 pm  by  judyinohio

You may be right. I used to hand base when I did hand quilting and would find the longest needle I could.


From: fatsewcat


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.


From: MelRN


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:

In reply toRe: msg 6

From: bornblesse2


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:  


Subject: RE: Seeking information on a Brewer Sewing product - SKU: NNBINDING
Yes, it is a tricky question.
The product is not a binding needle, I cannot change it because of the labels. I have been complaining for the past 4 years, and I do not know how to solve the issue.
This is a doll needle or button needle. It is used in upholstery for sewing the buttons on pillows.
Sorry ??
Thank you very much.
Marisa Marquez
Product Manager

So, it seems it was just a matter of mis-labeling or mis-identifying the product in the first place!  I can think of one or two things I could use these enormous needles for.  And I DO actually have some real "binding needles" that I bought from Primitive Gatherings, but I'm glad to know they can be bought from Lori Holt too.