One issue I have found with darning needles is storage. Unlike regular sewing needles, these have smooth and blunt tips which means you cannot push them into a pin cushion or a traditional needle holder. It is difficult to find a practical way of storing them.
For many years, I just kept these in my sewing basket. I knew where they were but would spend a long time picking them out when needed.
As soon as I saw that Clover had made a rather cute looking case with darning needles, I bought it to use with crochet. This company makes a range of products that I really find useful. I was hoping that these would not disappoint.
Handy Storage and Set of Different Needle Sizes in One
I'm a pretty big fan of Clover products. They make lots of useful and practical items, particularly for yarn crafters. This Chibi set is one of my favorite items because you get a handy little storage case and 3 sizes of darning needles which are useful for so many projects.
I use these needles primarily for sewing up any loose yarn on my completed crochet items. However, you can also use them for stitching together knitted or crocheted pieces. They are perfect for sewing clothing and toys made with yarn.
If you've ever tried to sew through yarn projects with a sharp tip needle, you'll know that it can easily split and snag the fibers. That's why a needle with a blunt end is a necessity.
Traditionally, these large needles were for darning or repairing socks. The blunted and dull tips were perfect for weaving between the stitches and fibers without snagging. Not many people darn socks anymore but they are also useful for projects such as embroidery, counted cross stitch and tapestry.
I let my daughter use these darning needles so she can practice her first steps with sewing safely. The needles are also ideal for crochet and knitting. They are perfect for sewing projects together and piecing together amigurumi toys. 
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What I Love About this Handy Little Product
1) The bright apple green storage case is easy to find if you put it in your sewing case or yarn project bag. Previously, I kept my needles in a tray in my sewing basket. This made it difficult to pick these out when I needed to use them. Having a little container makes it easier to find them.
2) This set has a screw top safety lid. That means it is not accidentally going to pop open or come off and spill needles. Having a screw top is a good safety feature and prevents you from needlessly losing your sewing equipment.
3) I really like the lid which has a hole on one side. You can pop some elastic or cord through and then attach it to something or even wear it around your neck. This is a good idea if you have a lot of sewing to do such as stitching the pieces of a toy together.
4) There is plenty of room inside the container for storing more needles. The holder is just over 3 inches tall. You can place several of your favorite needles in it.
5) Included in the set are three great quality needles. They come in small, medium and large sizes to suit a range of projects. It certainly is handy to have different sizes to use and they work well on all the yarns I've needed to sew up.
Approx needle sizes: 1.8" 4.5cm / 2.2" 5.5cm / 2.6" 7cm
6) This makes an ideal stocking stuffer or filler for anyone who loves to crochet or knit. It is a good quality product and not expensive to buy.
7) Having the range of sizes means that it is easy to find the exact one you need. Yarns come in a range of widths and these needles have different sizes of openings, also known as eyes, to accommodate this.
I have stitched up many crochet toys, dolls and clothing using this set and the needles are still like new. The container helps me to keep them stored safely for when I need to use them.
Clover Chibi with Jumbo Darning Needles: These jumbo darning needles have bent tips at the top. That makes it much easier to insert the point of the needle right under a knitted or crocheted stitch. It makes precision work much easier and it is ideal for weaving through yarn stitches.
Video Review of the Different Chibi Sets
This is a Handy Set to Have in Your Craft Stash
I now find it so much easier to safely store and find the needles I need when stitching up my yarn projects. This Chibi set by Clover is not an expensive product to get. The usefulness of having such a handy little storage case like this makes it a really good buy as well. I now keep several darning needles in this storage container, ready to use.
An alternative way to hold your needles is with a magnetic keeper. Metal objects will cling to the magnetic surface. You could place one of these into a craft drawer or sewing basket with your pins and needles safely stored. This might be a better alternative if you are not keen on a twist top container.
Clover make lots of great products and another item I like from them is their crochet and knitting stitch counter. I use this counter for my crochet because it is perfect for keeping track of what row you're on. It allows you to work up a more complex pattern with ease.
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