When it comes to sewing, choosing the right needle is just as important as selecting the right fabric and thread. Different fabrics require different types of needles in order to achieve the best results. In this post, we’ll be discussing the different types of needles used in sewing machines, which fabrics they are best suited for, and which fabrics should be avoided.
The Universal needle is the most commonly used needle and is suitable for a wide range of fabrics, including cotton, linen, and synthetic fabrics. They come in different sizes, ranging from 60/8 to 110/10. However, if you’re sewing with delicate or lightweight fabrics, it is best to use a smaller size needle to avoid damaging the fabric. It has a slightly rounded point that allows it to pass through most fabrics without damaging them. However, it is not recommended for use with knitted fabrics or heavy or dense fabrics such as denim, leather, and canvas.
The Ballpoint needle is designed for knit fabrics, including jersey, interlock, and other stretch fabrics. They come in sizes ranging from 70/10 to 100/16. It has a rounded tip that prevents it from damaging the fabric’s fibers as it passes through them. It is not recommended for use with woven fabrics as it can cause snags and pulls.
The Stretch needle is similar to the ballpoint needle, but it has a slightly longer and more pronounced tip that allows it to penetrate stretch fabrics more easily. They come in sizes ranging from 76/11 to 90/14, which is my personal “go-to” needle when sewing with minky or faux fur. It is ideal for sewing elastic, spandex, and other stretch fabrics. It is not recommended for use with tightly woven fabrics as it can cause skipped stitches.
The Denim or Jeans needle is designed for heavyweight fabrics such as denim, canvas, twill, and other thick fabrics. They come in sizes ranging from 90/14 to 110/18. It has a sharp point that allows it to penetrate the fabric without bending or breaking. It is not recommended for use with lightweight fabrics as it can cause snags and pulls.
The Leather needle is designed for use with leather, suede, and other heavy fabrics. It has a sharp point that allows it to penetrate the leather without damaging it. They come in sizes ranging from 90/14 to 110/18. It is not recommended for use with lightweight fabrics as it can cause snags and pulls.
The Microtex/Sharp needle is designed for use with lightweight fabrics such as silk, satin, and organza. It has a very sharp point that allows it to pass through the fabric’s fibers without damaging them.
Choosing the right needle for your project is crucial to achieving the best results. Be sure to select a needle that is appropriate for the fabric you are working with, and avoid using the wrong needle which can result in damaged or ruined fabric. By following these guidelines, you can achieve professional looking results with your sewing projects!