Take A Closer Look
March 10, 2020
BY JUDY TASCH
Did you ever purchase something and upon taking a closer look realize that it's not quite what you thought? I have done it, with things bought in brick and mortar stores as well as online.
In the ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER department, I show you two needleminders. It is a popular style which you may have seen. About a year before I got into the business of needleminders, I purchased the needleminder pictured on the far left. I bought it at a needlepoint shop. It was $27.
Fast forward to the summer of 2019. I was experimenting with all sorts of materials and happened upon a source for rhinestone pins and charms that I could convert into needleminders. And there was the sparkling blue box which I just had to include in my online shop.
Just last week, in my quest to complete all WIPs (work in progress) I pulled out a half stitched canvas and found my $27 needleminder. I took a close look and discovered it had teeny, tiny magnets. I was hocked, but then I wasn't. Yes, most people use neodymium magnets, but as I have written before, they are not all created equal. The $27 needleminder had 10mm magnets. The similar minder in my webstore, selling for $15, has 15mm magnets. As the images clearly show, there is a big difference between 10mm and 15mm Most importantly, a larger magnet provides greater hold and more reliability. Without a large magnet your needle will just dangle, barely holding on.
Be wise before you buy -- ask questions, look at photos, make sure that whatever you are spending is money well spent. In a store, ask to see it out of the package, try it put to see how your needle holds.
One size does not fit all. One size is boring. Don't do boring.
Happy Stitching and hold onto those needles!