Advice please: Sewing needle to re-attach buttons to coat

Hi,
Please help.
I bought a lovely, warm, REALLY THICK wool blend coat, similar to this coat:
https://www.marksandspencer.com/belted-double-breasted-coat-with-wool/p/clp60473360
Unfortunately some of the buttons have already fallen off and while I don't want to return the coat I obviously need the buttons back on.
I have tried to stitch back those 4 hole buttons to big coats like this with your run of the mill poundland needles, and I succeded after much pain and difficulty.
I figure this could be done easier if I had a needle that is right for the fabric but after a google search, while a lot of information came up I am none the wiser for it, I still couldn't identify which needle would best meet my needs. 
So I come to you lovely people for advice please. Which needle would best suit me to re-attach my buttons to my coat?
Does it affect what type of needle I need the fact that the buttons are a bit curved, like the ones in the link?
Do I need a more specific type of thread so I'm not having to re-attach these buttons every few months?

Many thanks in advanced for any help you can give.

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  • flea72
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    If its painful due to having to force the needle through all the layers, then you need a thimble.

    I tend to sew buttons on with doubled up thread or dental floss
  • Agree with flea72 - you need a reasonably sturdy needle and a thimble to get through thick wool.

    The buttons being curved won't make any difference
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  • Silvertabby
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    And use an extra strong cotton, such as top stitch thread. 
  • superglue.
  • MalMonroe
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    clive0510 said:
    superglue.
    Hmmm. No. Buttons need to be flexible. Have you never noticed that?  :D
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  • Emmia
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    clive0510 said:
    superglue.
    Superglue isn't that waterproof - so if the coat gets damp, they'll fall off! 

    I tend to use a polyester/multi purpose thread (gutermann is my preferred brand) and a longish standard needle to account for the thicker fabric (these are usually included in assorted needle multi packs, but perhaps not poundland multi packs... I confess to having never purchased needles in poundland)

    Gutermann all purpose thread (many colours available)
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0063FWCK2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_713AXQK1CXJVR1W4F9FW

    Needle multipack with holder / dispenser (the top rotates and there is a hole which lets you tip the needle out / put it back) - this is £1.50 and are the needles I use for most handsewing.
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007MCRX36/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_MFWD34B9SB240VA1CR3C





  • Emmia said:
    clive0510 said:
    superglue.
    Superglue isn't that waterproof - so if the coat gets damp, they'll fall off! 

    I tend to use a polyester/multi purpose thread (gutermann is my preferred brand) and a longish standard needle to account for the thicker fabric (these are usually included in assorted needle multi packs, but perhaps not poundland multi packs... I confess to having never purchased needles in poundland)

    Gutermann all purpose thread (many colours available)
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0063FWCK2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_713AXQK1CXJVR1W4F9FW

    Needle multipack with holder / dispenser (the top rotates and there is a hole which lets you tip the needle out / put it back) - this is £1.50 and are the needles I use for most handsewing.
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007MCRX36/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_MFWD34B9SB240VA1CR3C





    To be honest, I only use needles to do the occassional hem and re-attach buttons on your run of the mill cotton fabrics, so they are sufficient for that, it's when it gets to more specific fabrics/ tasks that they may struggle. 

    Thank you very much for the link and information to all of you. I shall get a thimble and the materials recommended. 
    Wish me luck with my buttons. 
  • Emmia
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    Emmia said:
    clive0510 said:
    superglue.
    Superglue isn't that waterproof - so if the coat gets damp, they'll fall off! 

    I tend to use a polyester/multi purpose thread (gutermann is my preferred brand) and a longish standard needle to account for the thicker fabric (these are usually included in assorted needle multi packs, but perhaps not poundland multi packs... I confess to having never purchased needles in poundland)

    Gutermann all purpose thread (many colours available)
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0063FWCK2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_713AXQK1CXJVR1W4F9FW

    Needle multipack with holder / dispenser (the top rotates and there is a hole which lets you tip the needle out / put it back) - this is £1.50 and are the needles I use for most handsewing.
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007MCRX36/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_MFWD34B9SB240VA1CR3C





    To be honest, I only use needles to do the occassional hem and re-attach buttons on your run of the mill cotton fabrics, so they are sufficient for that, it's when it gets to more specific fabrics/ tasks that they may struggle. 

    Thank you very much for the link and information to all of you. I shall get a thimble and the materials recommended. 
    Wish me luck with my buttons. 
    Have a watch of a youtube video on sewing coat buttons on for tips on how to do it best (ideally you need a space behind the button to allow for the thicker fabric for example)
  • Marcon
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    Emmia said:
    Emmia said:
    clive0510 said:
    superglue.
    Superglue isn't that waterproof - so if the coat gets damp, they'll fall off! 

    I tend to use a polyester/multi purpose thread (gutermann is my preferred brand) and a longish standard needle to account for the thicker fabric (these are usually included in assorted needle multi packs, but perhaps not poundland multi packs... I confess to having never purchased needles in poundland)

    Gutermann all purpose thread (many colours available)
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0063FWCK2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_713AXQK1CXJVR1W4F9FW

    Needle multipack with holder / dispenser (the top rotates and there is a hole which lets you tip the needle out / put it back) - this is £1.50 and are the needles I use for most handsewing.
    https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007MCRX36/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_MFWD34B9SB240VA1CR3C





    To be honest, I only use needles to do the occassional hem and re-attach buttons on your run of the mill cotton fabrics, so they are sufficient for that, it's when it gets to more specific fabrics/ tasks that they may struggle. 

    Thank you very much for the link and information to all of you. I shall get a thimble and the materials recommended. 
    Wish me luck with my buttons. 
    Have a watch of a youtube video on sewing coat buttons on for tips on how to do it best (ideally you need a space behind the button to allow for the thicker fabric for example)
    If you put a matchstick behind the button (so the matchstick is between fabric and button) while you stitch, that gives a perfect amount of 'space'.

    A strong needle with a good-sized eye should do the trick - it'll make a big enough hole to let a double thickness of buttonhole thread pass through the fabric easily, and won't bend or break in use. Something like: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pony-Sewing-Needles-Knitters-Multi-Colour/dp/B004E5FU8Y/ref=pd_bxgy_3/260-6447297-7653904?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B004E5FU8Y&pd_rd_r=eee94f6b-75d4-4afe-9dc3-35d112128c58&pd_rd_w=fF9bQ&pd_rd_wg=KkURT&pf_rd_p=dcf35746-0212-418b-a148-30395d107b2d&pf_rd_r=WJPADTT3NFN7VHF6NCNW&psc=1&refRID=WJPADTT3NFN7VHF6NCNW
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • Marcon said:
    If you put a matchstick behind the button (so the matchstick is between fabric and button) while you stitch, that gives a perfect amount of 'space'.

    Ah, that takes me back to my needlework school lessons!  Whenever I have to sew a button on now, I always use that trick.  And then we were taught to remove the matchstick and then wrap thread around that thread between the button and the fabric, to strengthen the 'shank'.  
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