Betweens or quilting needles, size 11. These extremely fine needles are shorter than sharps, with a small rounded eye and are used for making fine stitches on heavy fabrics such as in tailoring, quilt making and other detailed handwork. The smooth gold eye facilitates threading and prevents thread damage. Length and thickness of sewing needles decreases as needle size increases. Thus, a size 9 needle is shorter and finer than a size 3.