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Needle Facts

We carry over 100 sizes and types of needles. Here is some information on needle types, sizes, and more to help you find the right needle for your project!

Needle Types

Most household sewing machines use a 130/705H(15x1H) needle.

 

Fun Fact: Did you know the "H" stands for Hohlkehle, which is German for scarf?

Universal Needle: The needle has a slightly rounded point and is good for most everyday sewing. It comes in sizes 60/8, 65/9, 70/10, 75/11, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, and 120/19 in packs of 5 and 6 or boxes of 100.

 

Ball Point Needle: This needle, also known as a Jersey Needle is used for knits and stretch fabrics as the ball point does not damage or break knitted fibers. It comes in sizes 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, and 100/16.

 

Denim Needle: The needle has a slim point for penetration of think fabrics and a reinforced blade for less needle deflection. It comes in sizes 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, and 110/18.

 

Embroidery Needle: The needle has a larger eye and a small ball point to avoid damaging the already embroidered area and the fabric. This needle comes in regular coating or a Titanium coating and comes in sizes 75/11 and 90/14.

 

Hemstitch Needle: The needle has a wing on each side of the needle for heirloom sewing and decorative cutwork. It comes in sizes 100/16 and 120/19.

 

Leather Needle: The needle features a special cutting point for use on leather or heavy non-woven synthetics. It comes in sizes 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, and 110/18.

 

Metallic Needle: The needle has a very long eye and a special groove to handle Metallic thread. It comes in sizes 80/12, 90/14, and 100/16.

 

Microtex Needle: The needle has a very slim point for easier piercing of very fine or densely woven fabrics. It comes in sizes 60/8, 70/10, 80/12, and 90/14.

 

Non-Stick Needle: The needle has a special coating to prevent skipped stitches when using stick-on stabilizer or anything sticky. It comes in sizes 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, and 100/16.

 

Quick-Threading Needle: The needle has a special slot in the eye for easy threading. Should not be used on sensitive fabrics or quilting as it may caused pulled threads. It comes in sizes 80/12 and 90/14.

 

Quilting Needle: The needle has a slim slightly rounded point to penetrate thick layers of fabric. It comes in sizes 75/11 and 90/14.

 

Stretch Needle: The needle has a special eye and scarf to prevent skipped stitches on stretch fabric. It comes in sizes 75/11 and 90/14.

 

Top Stitch Needle: The needle has a larger groove and longer eye for thicker top stitching thread. It comes in sizes 80/12, 90/14, and 100/16.

 

Triple Needle: This has three needles mounted on one shank to create three rows of stitches. It comes in sizes 2.5-80/12 and 3.0-80/12.

 

Twin Needle: This has two needles mounted on one shank to create two rows of stitches. It comes in a wide variety of types, sizes, and widths.

Fun Fact: When you see "NM" on a pack of neeldes, it stands for number metric and indicates the diameter of the needle blade. It is measured above the needle scarf in hundredths of a millimeter, so, a needle marked NM 80, the blade has a diameter of 0.80mm.

Matching Needle Size to Thread Size

There are lots of variables when it comes to choosing the right needle size. Thigns like thread type and weight, fabric, number of layers, and more. Here is a general guide:

   • 60/8 - 100wt silk and polyester invisible thread

   • 70/10 - 100wt threads

   • 80/12 - 50wt threads

   • 90/14 - 40wt threads

   • 100/16 - 30wt threads and thicker

As a general rule, the needle eye should be 40% larger than the thread.

Troubleshooting
I am having thread breaking, skipping stitches, or tension problems, what do I do?
 

Most of the time, rethreading the top and bobbin solve those issues.

 
I tried rethreading and I am still having issues.
 
 
I have rethreaded and changed the needle and my machine is still not working correctly.