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Hand Sewing Needle #16 by Osborne has a triangular point and a long eye for easy threading. Sailmakers use a triangular shaped needle to open a rather large hole in the fabric. This cuts down on chafe problems when a long length of twine is repeatedly pulled through.
Needle size increases as the number decreases. The #16 needle is good for most work, but as a general rule use larger needles for sewing through many layers of fabric and smaller needles for seam work. Simply use the needle that yields the smallest hole without undue trouble.
Needle length: 2-5/16 inches
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Used to sew heavy vinyl. Had the strength, shape, and sharp point needed for the job.
Decent value. Appears not of the highest quality.
Looks heavy duty and decent have not sued yet. Can't tell if the steel is quality or not. Needle not as sharp as I would have liked.
Sturdy, but with a blunt tip
Nice thickness on this needle for general hand stitching using a palm. The needle is a bit short lengthwise, at least for my clumsy fingers. More importantly, the tip --while sturdier than the #18 I recently reviewed-- comes to a rather abrupt tip. Its more like an arrow head than the fine taper I prefer. As a result it takes a bit more umph to pop jokes in tough material.