Product Type: John James in Homeware
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John James Yarn Darners
Member Name: SusanLesley
John James Yarn Darners
Advantages: Strong, easy to use, cheap
I started 'real' knitting at the age of eleven - some 47 years ago now - when I knitted a little cardigan for my new baby sister. I had been doing bits and pieces before then as I was learning to knit but, from memory, this was the first actual garment that I knitted.
As anyone else who knits knows you cannot use ordinary sewing needles to sew up your knitting. The main reason for this is the fact that the wool would be too thick to go through the hole in the needle!
This is where Yarn Darners come in. These are needles just like ordinary sewing needles except for the fact that they are longer, thicker and have larger eyes for threading. These are then used for sewing up knitted or crocheted items and sewing in loose ends.
I still knit a lot of baby hats which I sell on EBay and I also make baby shawls using a Wendy Multi Needle to make individual daisies and then sewing them all together. I need a darner not only to make the daisies in the first place but also to sew them together once they are made.
The Yarn Darners that I bought were made by a company called John James and came in a pack of seven silver coloured needles which cost me around one pound to buy - a bargain in anyone's book!
John James is a British company based in Redditch who make a wide range of specialised hand sewing needles and accessories which are sold all over the world.
The seven needles are all different sizes numbers 14 to 18. Now, even though I am a knitter, I had no idea what these sizes actually represented. I bought the needles by sight - they looked as though they were the right sort of size and that the eyes would be large enough for me to thread wool through them.
After a bit of investigation I have found out the actual sizes for each number needles and they are as follows:-
The size 14 needle is 75mm in length and 2.03mm in diameter
The size 15 needles is 69mm in length and 1.83mm in diameter
The size 16 needle is 66mm in length and 1.63mm in diameter
The size 17 needle is 63mm in length and 1.42mm in diameter
The size 18 needle is 60mm in length and 1.27mm in diameter
When I bought the needles they were attached to a bright yellow and black piece of card, fitted through a plastic needle holder and covered with clear plastic to keep the needles in place and away from any danger of puncture!
The words on the packaging state 'Finest Quality Needles' and give the details of the type and size of the needles enclosed.
I purchased my pack of Yarn Darners from one of the suppliers listing on EBay but I have had a look on Google and they are available from quite a few suppliers. Of course they can also be purchased at any good haberdashers or wool shops.
I have found these needles to be ideal for my needs in sewing up my knitting and daisies. They are smooth and easy to thread and, importantly, are very strong. I do find that, sometimes, I need to put a bit of extra force into pulling the needle through the knitted work. Lesser needles have broken in the past, which in itself can be dangerous, but I haven't yet had that problem with John James Darners.
So there you are - if you are a knitter or indeed any kind of craft worker, I would recommend you get a pack of these needles. I promise you that you won't be disappointed.
Summary: Great needles for craft work