Always use the best materials that you can afford. Cheap floss knots, shreds and basically is a pain to work with. However, quality does not always mean expensive. Needles made in England are always excellent quality, regardless of the brand. They are all made at the same factory. The same goes for fabrics. Before purchasing the fabric, check the count – if it is Aida or an Evenweave, is the count even and accurate? How does the fabric feel?