There are various needle manufacturers. With time you will find what works best for you. I will give my preferences, but please feel free to use what you are comfortable with.
- Quilt and regular sewing needles have large eyes and most times will not fit through a bead hole.
- I prefer John James or Pony needles. Size 10 is my favorite. I do keep smaller sizes on hand just in case.
- Big eye needles are great especially for those who have trouble threading needles.
- My used needles always have a curve to them, and I can usually tell if I've picked up someone else's needle.
Rules of Thumb:
- Size 10 or 11 beads use a size 10 needle and size B or D thread or 4 or 6 lb Fireline
- Size 11 or 12 beads use a size 11 needle and size A or B thread or 4 to 6 lb Fireline
- Size 12 or 13 beads use a size 12 needle and size A or B thread or 4 lb Fireline
- Size 13 or 15 beads use a size 13 needle and size O or A thread or size 2 to 4 lb Fireline
- Size 15 or smaller beads use a size 15 needle and size 000 to 0 thread or size 2 lb Fireline
- Beads - The larger the number the smaller the bead. Size 11 is smaller than size 8.
- Needle - The larger the number the thinner the needle. Size 10 is thicker than size 13.
- Thread - The larger the letter the thicker the thread. Size D is thicker than size B, size B is thicker than size A, A is thicker 0 (zero).
- Thread - The larger the number the thicker the thread. Size 10 is thicker than size 4.