Only thing better regarding the yard was the color, which matched the Suffolk's pointe shoes. Found crochet yard sturdier and better at darning. The needles were the same as the ones from the sewing kit.
Overall a good starter kit. Buy the crochet yard later.
I just started darning this year, so as a first timer it was great to have everything I needed in one place! The needles are plenty strong and won't break if you use them right, and there's plenty of thread so it'll last a while. I will say the included cutting instrument isn't the best, but getting a tiny pair of scissors isn't hard to do.
I love how this kit has everything you will need to darn your shoes. It makes the task of learning to darn shoes much less daunting if it is your first time.