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Misuya Needle

What is Misuya needle?

The history of these needles goes back to the 11th century when the first Japanese needle was produced in Harima (Hyogo prefecture) under the name Harima Bari (Bari=Needle). When needles also started being produced by craftsmen in Kyoto in the 14th century, it’s believed that this lead to the first traditional Misuya Bari needles. In Edo era (1603-1868), Misuya Bari became so popular nationwide that the word “Misuya bari” was referred to as “Finest needle”. Although there were many craftsmen producing these special needles during this period, their number decreased significantly over the past centuries.Currently there are only 2 Misuya Bari shops left in Japan. (Third one Ogawa-Tomosaburo-Shōten closed just recently), both located in Kyoto. Our needles are from the shop Misuya Chubei founded in 1819 and the other Misuya shop is called Sanjo-Honke Misuya-bari and was founded in 1655.

What makes Misuya needle so special

– Needle as small blade – 

As these needles are crafted using the same method as making blade steel they have a very strong core. However, at the same time their body is processed in such a special way that they’re also very smooth and flexible.

– The angle – 

The point of the needle has a subtle angle, not too sharp to damage the fabric, and is designed to go through the fibre of the material more smoothly.

– Round eye VERSUS grooved oval eye – 

Our Misuya needles have two types of needle eyes: round-shaped or grooved oval-shaped. They both have their own benefits.

  • Round-shaped: These needles come with a perfect round eye which is Misuya’s unique feature. It prevents the thread from moving around too much and breaking or getting twisted.
  • Grooved oval-shaped: These needles are better for thicker threads. As the thread sits in the groove it causes less friction when going through the fabric.

Both types are polished smooth inside to prevent snapping of the thread.

(Note: You might find threading difficult if you’ve never used a needle with round eye before. It’s quite tight, but you can still use a needle threader)

– Consistency does matter – 

The thickness of the eye is slightly thinner than the body so that when you thread the needle it will be as thick as the rest of the needle, ideal for smooth handwork.

 – Lengthways polishing –

What also makes these Misuya needles special is that they’re polished lengthways instead of widthways which produces almost invisible fine lines that run in the same direction as the needle. This causes less friction and a much smoother passage when the needle goes through the fibre of the fabric.

– Every single needle by hand – 

Last but not least, every single needle is carefully inspected and wrapped by hand. The needles are wrapped in aluminium foil to prevent the build-up of humidity and to prevent the needle from rusting.

Choosing the right sewing thread


Are you using the right sewing thread for your clothing?

There are a few different threads to choose from depending on the item/material you are working on. At our studio, we are mainly using 6 different types of Japanese Fujix threads (King series).

Sewing thread

King polyester (also called Tetron)
– This superfine and sleek yet strong filament thread is designed as an alternative/immitation of silk thread. It’s suitable for high-end formal garments such as silk dress, tailored jacket, formal blouse and more.

King Spun
– This is an alternative/immitation of cotton thread. It’s widely used among factories. Moon and Coats Cometa threads are one of these.

King Fit
– This is the one we are mainly using. Basically Fit is a hybrid of Tetron and Spun. It’s still very fine and sleek but also easy to use just like Spun thread.

King Resilon F
– If you see this, you won’t notice the difference but it’s self-expansible thread. We use this with Woollie (as bobbin thread) when we stitch lightly stretchy materials.

King Woollie
– This is the same as Woolly nylon. A very stretchy thread.

Ace Crown Hyper
– This is literally “Hyper” thread. It self-expands and sets with heat so you can eliminate/ease seam puckering by ironing it after stitching.

Apart from these different type of threads, we also need to use different weights of thread! e.g. No100 for blind stitch, No90 for our overlock machine, No60 for normal stitching and No 30 for top stitch… How to store tons of threads kind of reveals the character of each manufacturer. 🙂

419 colours !!
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Treasure your tools

When I left my country 7 yrs ago I was given some nice farewell gifts.

This”Amakusa natural waterstone/sharpning stone” is from a guy who is running a sewing machine shop in my hometown.(Amakusa is his hometown)

He used to run a sewing factory so he knows so much about sewing and of course sewing machines as well. Highly recommended if you would start up a sewing studio in Japan.

This pair of scissors is from my big boss.

He always said that well looked after tools are the symbol of a craftman so you should shine up your stuff all the time.

Well..I’m still not good at caring my stuff though..oh I’m trying…


But whenever I have time I try to remember his words and take care of my buddies.

I love stuff that has history (His+Story) 🙂

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