Keep in mind when choosing a needle size.
The point of the needle is creating the whole in the fabric
for the eye and ribbon. Should you be having difficulty with
getting the needle through the fabric, look at a larger Chenille Needle.
I use mainly 18 and 20 for most of my stitching.
The grip pads as shown above are a good item to have in your sewing kit
or if you have a grip pad for opening bottles. Should you have sweaty hands
or a bulky area, gripping the needle with one of these pads
makes it much easier to pull through.