I should have really put the last post and this one the other way around - you know "Needles and Pins"?" Well anyway, needles are really important for any sewing person. You all know that I hate to sew by hand, but sometimes it is inevitable: For sewing hems, buttons, decorations...
What is it good for?
I have different types of needles for different purposes:
The thick needle on the left is something that you know from the panty sewing posts. It is actually for sewing knitted pieces together or darning socks, but I use it for pulling my serger threads back.
The straight needle in the middle is probably quite new in my stash as all my needles are bent to my will ^^ (as you can see on the right). No really, most of the time I prefer my needles curved! I use the few remaining straight ones for closing plushies or pillows, which doesn't happen to often.
The curved ones are ideal for sewing buttons on. Or for sewing hats. I feel I have much better accuracy with the bend needles than with straight ones although I might lose a little of the pressing power when pushing the needle through the fabrics!
You can buy special bend needles (usually for upholstery), but I just bend mine myself. It is not that hard!
How much does it cost?
Needles are like pins rather cheap. I buy a whole package of 10 needles for 2 Euros and they are sharp and thin.
Who needs this?
Anyone! Even those people who don't sew as a hobby! Everyone should be able to sew on a button or repair a hem, which is really not that hard...