Needle Size Chart


Easy-to-follow chart gives suggestions for which needles can be used when working with a range of bead types.

Beadalon®
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
#10 0.46 0.62 2" H20-7274BS HARD -12 needles + threader
#12 0.4 0.6 2" H20-7275BS HARD -12 needles + threader
Sbeady™ 0.7   1-1/2" H20-7276BS Hollow needle for 0.25mm or 0.010" wire
Sbeady™ 0.9   1-1/2" H20-7277BS Hollow needle for 0.46mm or 0.018" wire
Jewel Loom® 0.46 0.6 3" H20-7278BS Great for loom work
Colonial Milliners
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
#10 0.5 0.66 1-1/2" H20-5456BS Meant for professional hatmakers
#10 0.52 0.79 1-3/4" H20-1938BS Meant for seed beading and embroidery
Economy
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
#10 0.46 0.6 2-1/4" H20-1033BS  
#12 0.37 0.49 2" H20-1034BS Light weight
Extra-Fine
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
  0.4 0.54 42mm / 48mm / 55mm H20-2006BS Assortment + threader - Extra Fine - Good for looming
Handy Hands
TATTING
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
  0.8 / 1.1 / 1.6 1.05-1.80 5" H20-7210BS Threader + cutter + #8-0 extra fine tatting needle
Igolochkoy™
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
  0.2   4" H20-1711BS Flexible and magnetic
John James
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
BEADING NEEDLES
#10 0.45 0.56 2-3/16" H20-1031BS Beading
#13 0.31 0.41 1-15/16" H20-1029BS Beading
#15 0.26 0.36 1-3/4" H20-1030BS Beading
#10 / #11 / #12 / #13 0.30 to 0.56   2" and 2-1/8" H20-1025BS Assortment
  0.6 to 1.2 0.7 to 1.8 1-1/4" to 2-1/4" H20-1942BS Beading
#3 to #24 0.6 to 1.8 0.5 to 1.2 1-1/4" to 2" H20-1943BS Assortment pack + threader
SHARPS
#10 0.52 0.64 1-1/4" H20-1023BS Beading
#11 0.45 0.55 1-1/4" H20-1024BS Beading
#12 0.4 0.45 1-3/16" H20-1027BS Beading
#12 0.38 0.55 3" H20-1026BS Extra long - Beading
ENGLISH
#12 0.36 0.57 2" H20-1028BS English - seed bead and loom work
MILLINERS
#3 to #9 0.60 to 0.85 0.77 to 1.05 1-1/2" to 2" H20-5455BS Meant for professional hatmakers
GLOVERS LEATHER NEEDLES
#1 1.15 1.46 1-7/8" H20-1020BS Triangle tip
#4 0.8 0.97 1-1/2" H20-1021BS
#8 0.62 0.72 1-5/16" H20-1022BS
#10 0.52 0.75 1-1/4" H20-1032BS Triangle tip
Somore
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
#10 0.43 0.46 to 0.64 2-3/16" H20-3880BS Assortment - Carbon Steel - Flexible - Good for looming and embroidery
#12 0.36 0.46 to 0.64 2"
#15 0.46 0.46 to 0.64 1-5/8"
Steel
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
  0.50 0.64 2-1/4" H20-1017BS pkg 6 + threader - Seed bead projects
  0.52 0.62 1-3/4" H20-1016BS Pkg 8 - Seed bead projects
  0.52 0.62 3-1/2" H20-1019BS Pkg 4 - Seed bead projects
  0.52 0.62 4-3/4" H20-1018BS Pkg 3 - Seed bead projects
Tulip
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
BEADING NEEDLES
#3   1.2 2-1/4" H20-7359BS Milliners - Assortment pack
#5 0.9 0.9 2"
#7 0.7 0.7 1-3/4"
#8 0.64 0.64 1-3/4" H20-7360BS Assortment pack
#9   0.62 1-3/5"
#10   0.6 1-1/2"
#10 0.47 0.6 2" H20-7361BS Long
#10 0.47 0.6 1-1/2" H20-7362BS Short
#11 0.42 0.52 2" H20-7363BS Seed Beading and embroidery
#12 0.36 0.48 1-4/5" H20-7364BS Seed Beading
#10 / #11 / #12   0.48 to 0.60 1-1/2 to 2" H20-7365BS Assortment pack
#10 / #11 / #12 / #13   0.35 to 0.60 1-2/5 to 2" H20-7366BS Assortment pack + fine beading awl
#13 0.30 0.42 1-3/8" H20-7631BS Meant for stringing and embroidery
  0.20   2-3/4" H20-7632BS Meant for crochet work
  0.20   4-3/4" H20-7633BS Long
  0.50 0.68 3-1/2" H20-7634BS Great for loom work
  0.50 0.68 3-1/2" H20-7635BS Assortment pack
LEATHER NEEDLES
0.96 1 1-1/2" H20-7356BS Short
  0.96 1 1-3/4" H20-7357BS Medium/Middle
  1.2 1.3 2" H20-7358BS Long
Twisted
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
#6 0.15   2-1/2 to 3" H20-1039BS / H20-1043BS Light + collapsible eye
#8 0.29   2-1/2 to 3" H20-1040BS / H20-1044BS Light-Medium + collapsible eye
#8 0.19 1.8 2-1/2 to 3" H20-1049BS Light-Extra Rigid
#10 0.22   2-1/2 to 3" H20-1048BS Light-Medium + collapsible eye
#10 0.39   2-1/2 to 3" H20-1041BS / H20-1045BS Medium-Heavy + collapsible eye
#12 0.27   2-1/2 to 3" H20-1047BS Medium-Heavy Extra Rigid + collapsible eye
"J" shape 0.47 0.75 4" H20-3279TL For Speedy Stringer Tool
0.50 1.9   2-1/2" to 3" H20-1042BS Heavy + collapsible eye
0.50 1.9   2-1/2" to 3" H20-1046BS Heavy + collapsible eye
  0.25   4 to 4-1/2" H20-C6584CL Beading + collapsible eye
Wide-Eye
Size Width/mm Eye/mm Length Item no. Usage / Info.
#12 0.5   2-1/4" H20-2615BS Seed bead and Loom work
#14 0.54   4" H20-2616BS Seed bead and Loom work
#16 0.58   1-1/2 to 5" H20-2617BS Seed bead and Loom work
#18 0.13   2-1/4" H20-2618BS Seed bead and Loom work
#22 0.13   2-1/4 and 4" H20-2620BS Seed bead and Loom work
#20 0.13   4" H20-2619BS Seed bead and Loom work
Elastacord™ Bead Threader
  1 1.2 10-1/2" H20-4695TL Fits beads with hole sizes 1mm or larger.

What size needle should I use?
Can I use a Delica Beading Needle? Can I use an Economy Needle? Can I use an English Beading Needle? Can I use a Big Eye Needle? Twisted Beading Needle Size
Austrian crystal beads yes yes yes yes light-medium
Cloisonné yes yes yes yes medium-heavy to heavy
Fire polish beads yes yes yes yes light-medium
Gemstone beads yes yes yes yes light-medium
Glass beads yes yes yes yes light-medium to heavy (depending on the size of the hole)
Pearls no no no no light

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