To meet the specialized needs of decorative stitching, the embroidery needle is longer than other needles. Its eye is also customized for embroidery. Two or three strands of thread, flattened between the fingers, fit easily through the elongated eye. This selection of needles varies in size for use in many different embroidery projects. Size 11 needles are the shortest and finest, size 8 are the longest and thickest in this line.