This is the traditional needle of choice for hand quilting. When using the "rocker" method of hand quilting, the needle's short shank allows for easy control. The Betweens needle is thicker than other needles, giving it added strength for moving through a quilt's multiple layers. Equally small quilting stitches are possible with any size of Betweens needle. Make your needle choice based on its comfort in your hand and your ability to thread it.