People who inject drugs have individual preferences for needle gauge, syringe volume and brand, and may not use needle and syringe program services if they cannot obtain their preferred types. Needles with a higher gauge are thinner (have a smaller diameter) than needles with a lower gauge. Many people who inject drugs prefer higher-gauge needles because they are often less painful and less likely to result in vein damage. 27 People who are experienced with injecting drugs sometimes prefer lower-gauge needles, which can be less likely to clog than higher-gauge needles and are better able to pierce through thick scar tissue. 27 To ensure that programs provide equipment that clients want to use, the Working Group recommends that programs:
I can’t find the perfect needle for me and I have looked all over the place. I have arthritis, so I need a strong needle, 3 inches long (so I can grab it), a nice sharp point, and I need it thick enough not to bend, but thin enough to make the little stitches.
If the needle isn’t long I can’t grab it and I have trouble feeling it, so I have to be able to see it. I don’t know if this makes sense to anybody… but I have to see the needle with my fingers and my eyes… lol.
If anybody knows where I can buy this wonderful needle, I surely would appreciate it and I would love you and put your name in my prayers forever & always… lol.
Thank you for your time and attention.
It helps to purchase a package of assorted sizes. Then you can select the size that works best for what you’re embroidering, and for the thread you’re using. Regular sewing needles generally have a small, roundish eye. They’re called “sharps.” Embroidery needles have a longer eye and a sharp tip. They’re called “crewel” or “embroidery” needles. Other needles, like milliner needles (also called “straw” needles) can be used for embroidery, too – they have a roundish eye, a long shaft, a sharp tip, and the eye and the shaft are the same diameter. ~MC