New needles in the Pony range are black and NOT NICKEL PLATED. This comes as good news to allergy sufferers. These needles have a black non-reflective surface and a white eye, which is very soothing to the eye. Sharps hand sewing needles are the needles most commonly used for general domestic hand sewing on almost any fabric. They have a sharp point and a short round eye to provide added strength and just large enough to accommodate thread. They are of medium length compared to short quilting needles, betweens, and the long sewing needles, straws. Folder of 20 needles.