Choosing the correct machine needles can be very confusing, as you need to choose the correct type as well as the correct size.choose the correct type according to the type of fabric, choose the size according to the weight of the fabric.
Often when there is an issue with your sewing machine it can simply be because of the wrong type and size of the needle. As I mentioned in previous posts needles should be changed regularly. Ideally, before you start a new project
let’s look at the different types of needles
These type of needles should only be used for sewing woven fabrics such as crepe de chine, silks, voiles, cotton, suiting. a good general purpose needle
These needles have a more rounded point ideally suited for sewing stretch and knitted fabrics as it can pierce through without damaging the fibers . if universal needle was used for this type of fabric it would skip stitches, pull and gather the fabric. for highly stretch fabric or elastic then a stretch needle would be more suitable.
This type of needle has a very sharp point which can pierce through the material s without damaging the fabric.
This type of needle is for foils, faux leather, and coated fabrics. The sharpness of this needle is ideal for precision stitching piercing through the fabric without damaging it
These needles are designed for metallic and embroidery threads, they have a larger eye to feed the thread through to stop the thread from snapping and breaking.
This type of needle is suitable for sewing leathers and faux leather.
This needle is designed especially for machine quilting as it is able to pierce through layers of fabric and eliminate skipped stitches.
Choosing the different sizes generally depends on the weight of the fabric
Needle chart size
|Type of fabrics||European needle size.||American needle size.|
|Crepe de chine, lightweight cottons, lawns, chiffon , Georgette, polyester, silks, jersey||60
|Linens .medium weight cotton, suiting, double knits, modal,||75
|Denim, suede, tweed, gabardine ,
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