Hints and Tips – for Needles

A recent issue of Quilter’s World Newsletter included tips on what to use to pull a stubborn needle through when stitching by hand.

I use the wide elastic bands that hold broccoli and other vegetables together. Just cut a strip to your desired length, wrap it around your needle, and pull.

What do you use to pull difficult needles? Please share with us by leaving your reply in our comments section below.



  1. Good idea! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. For getting those difficult needles thru I have a small pair of needle nose pliers by my stitching chair that I use to grip the needle to pull… Not a usual way from the looks of things but it works for me!

  3. Thank you, Sheila. I didn’t know about those little round pieces and will look for them. – I agree about dandelions and in fact, grew up eating them. Both my grandmother and my mother cooked them regularly with a little olive oil and garlic. Of course, as a child, I didn’t realize how nutritious they were, just loved the flavour and they were both wonderful cooks. You might guess at my Italian heritage in this. šŸ™‚

  4. Sheila

    I use the little round pieces of rubber(?) that are sold for that purpose.
    Your bunnies are smart . Dandelion greens are good for you. Since you don’t use chemicals you could pick them in the spring when small and use in salad.

    more nutrition than broccoli. Having a higher content of vitamins A, and C, and iron. Dandelions also contain lots of magnesium and potassium.

    Not bad for a weed.

  5. I hadn’t thought of those in a long while, Pat, and appreciate your recommending them. I had purchased several packages because, as you say, they aren’t always available. For some reason, mine seemed to dry out fairly quickly, so next time I’ll seal them in a plastic bag between uses. I agree that they are great for pulling needles through. I also like using them on my fingers for free motion quilting. They give a good grip without having to exert much pressure.

  6. Pat

    I cannot use regular thimbles due to extremely dry skin. There fore I use “bankers” rubber fingers with little nobbies on them for thimbles and they also pull the needle through with no problem. You get them at an office supply store, but even they are not stocking them all the time any more.

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