Needles for petite seed beads?
Does anyone know what size needle is small enough to attach Mill Hill petite seed beads? I have a huge variety of tapestry sewing and beading needles, but none are small enough to go through the beads. I'd contact Mill Hill, but my last inquiry to them (different topic) received no reply.

Any help appreciated. Thanks!
Posted by: lnkenny on 10/07/17
Hi - they sell beading needles on this site. I have used them for years with all my beading (petite or regular beads). You just have to buy one of the aluminum (flimsy) needle threaders (has a wire to run through the eye of the needle because the eye of the beading needle is very tiny. But well worth the money and the time to teach yourself how to do it. Hope this helps.
cheryl
by: clpatt123 on 10/07/17
I hate cheap. I suggest a quilter's threader. They come 2 to a pkg and the threader is extremely fine plastic line for those teeny tiny quilting needle eyes. Like butter for size 10-12 beading needles....perfect fit for most petite beads. :)
by: VCESS on 10/07/17
Thanks for the advice about needle threaders. I'm not having a problem threading a beading needle, the eye of the needle won't go through the beads, even without thread. It's the needle size that's the problem. I've tried it with two different colors of Mill Hill petite seed beads, so I don't have an "off" batch.

Any other suggestions will be appreciated!
by: lnkenny on 10/07/17
I thought I suggested 2 different size beading needles...Sorry I wasted your time.
by: VCESS on 10/07/17
I like the long, fine, very flexible beading needles. I have some shorter ones, different brands, but find I always go back to my long ones. These came from my local cross stitch shop, (which has now closed, many years ago). They are DMC beading needles, sizes 10-13. I just like how they feel, & are so flexible. Never had a problem going through the eyes of petite beads, which is what I prefer to use.
by: nita7 on 10/08/17
Thanks for the additional comments! VCESS, my bad, I didn't realize you were talking about using a needle threader to pull thread through the bead. I'll try that...absolutely not a waste of my time :-) every trick I read about ends up working at some time.
by: lnkenny on 10/08/17
LOL! Nope...MY bad! I have a bad habit of beginning conversations in the middle of a thought...as I am told often, at length, and loudly by my near-and-dear! :)
by: VCESS on 10/08/17
Michael's sells a collapsible eyed needle in the jewelry/bead dept. It has worked well for me. The eye of the needle can go totally flat. I have used it for seed beads and it works great. Beads don't get stuck on the needle or on the eye of the needle.
by: xstitcher522 on 10/09/17
Xstitcher, I have these, too. They are great...but you have to hold the thread plus the needle or you're going to spend your time re-threading your needle...very easy, but makes me throw stuff after the first few times. :) They are very "bendy", too. Not necessarily a bad thing, just sayin'... :) If I have tremors, these are my go-to beading needles...they definitely are useful. :)
by: VCESS on 10/09/17
This thread is a few days old, but for anyone who comes across it...

John James makes a size 15 beading needle that worked with my petite seed beads. It was a challenge to thread the needle, but a Mill Hill needle threader worked. These are long and very fine needles, and not for everyone. I almost did a work-around with regular seed beads, and am so pleased I found something that worked.

Lynn
by: lnkenny on 10/11/17