I like nice tools. They just make sewing so much more fun. One of the things I have learned along the way is; all needles are not created equal. Years ago I found the perfect needle in my stash of stuff. It cut threads, was impossible to thread. For a while I thought it was me, maybe I was just having a bad day? Then I realize the it was one I inherited from my mother. Now I must confess, my Mom died over 30 years ago, so the needle was old!
I now use Colonial Needles. Their needles are sold under the Colonial, John James, Richard Hemming, S. Thomas and Roxanne brands. Be sure to check out their web site for some great information.
Ask for them at your local quilt shop!