Profile - John James Needles
The name John James
is synonymous with the very best of British manufacturing.
Having been at the forefront of English hand sewing needle manufacture for more than 250 years, the John James brand of Finest Quality English Needles continues to be recognized as a benchmark by needlecrafters the world over.
The John James factory at Victoria Works, Redditch, England continues to thrive as the UK's only hand needle factory. It was first listed as a business in an 1860 directory and was mentioned by Charles Dickens in his journal Household Words
The process witnessed by Dickens is more or less unchanged to the present day.
How a John James
needle is made:
- Wire drawn to the required diameter and cut to 2 needle lengths.
- Cut lengths of wire pointed at both ends.
- Cut lengths of wire stamped with the impression of two eyes.
- Eyes punched through.
- Pointed and eyed cut lengths broken into two separate needles.
- Waste metal ground from the side of the eyes.
- Tops of eyes rounded, cleaning away any waste metal.
- Hardened to 'set' the form of the needle.
- Tempered to restore a safe degree of flexibility.
- Scoured to smooth and polish the surface of the needle and the insides of the eye.
- Plated with nickel for optimum corrosion resistance.
- Every single needle individually inspected by eye to ensure quality.
John James needles come packaged in highly distinctive yellow and black blister packs for safety and convenience.