Ball-tip needles

Everything you need to know

When we started carrying them for the very first time, some time ago, ball-tip needles truly sold like hot cakes, even taking us somehow by surprise, honestly speaking… also because it hadn’t been that easy to find them… and when their Dutch distributor told us that they weren’t going to deliver them again and we had to stop selling them, a lot of our friends emailed us to ask “please, do your best to find them again!”.

Well, since at Casa Cenina we always take very seriously your request, of course we’ve done our best and the results of our “very targeted” research are here:

where you can find both the ball-tip needles from Sulllivans, and those that we have selected from a German manufacturer headquartered in the Czech Republic.

Both – like all needles with this famous ball on their tip – are perfect for cross stitching an for any other kind of counted needlework, for their tip gently “detach” from each other the threads composing the fabric that you’re stitching on, guiding your hand smoothly on the right point where you have to put your needle through, as well as on that where you have to take it back on the other side of your fabric, cross stitch after cross stitch.

How to understand exactly which ball-tip needle to select, among the sizes and the millimeters showed in the different types? Well, it’s easier than it might seem 😉

The numbers from 20 to 28 refer to the “size” of the needle, in short to their outer diameter, called “gauge”. This can be converted in millimeters as follows:

  • 20 = 0.9 mm
  • 22 = 0.7 mm
  • 24 = 0.55 mm
  • 26 = 0.45 mm
  • 28 = 0.33 mm

While the millimeters refer to the length of the needle. So, taking this item as example:

Where it reads “5 piece packaging, size 28 – 34 mm.”, this means that these are 28-gauge needle (that stays for needles with an outer diameter of around 0.33 mm) and 34-mm long.

Before you go, and just to figure it out and make your decision even more precisely, here’s a quick needle/embroidery fabric “reference guide”:

  • needles 20 and 22: for 18ct, 20ct and 25ct evenweave and linen, such as Dublin linen and Bellana, as well as for 6ct, 8ct and 11ct aida;
  • needles 24: for 28ct and 32ct linen; 25ct and 28ct Lugana and 14ct and 16ct aida;
  • needles 26: for 32ct linen and Lugana and 18ct and 20ct aida;
  • needles 28: for 36ct and 40ct linen.


And now, if you still have doubts or question, just write your comments here below, or email us!

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