It is really sad to get so used to one brand of needle that you can't use anything else. I hand quilt with Clover 9 betweens. Only one shop here in town carries them and they have been sold out. I was trying desperately to finish the baby quilt. In desperation I tried 3 other types only to find ...
1. The eye is too big.
2. The needle is too long.
3. It breaks too easily.(one broke in 3 pieces.)
The Clover 9s are just right, small eye, short thin needle for small stitches but strong enough to not snap. So my Aunt is going home without the quilt as it is not finished. The quilt shop has them on order and when they come in I will stockpile them. Apparently they are popular.