In addition to the entire chrome collection, we carry a wide variety of hand, machine sewing and serging needles. For the most satisfactory results, match the right needle to the fabric
Lay out an assortment of sewing-machine needles in various types and sizes on a table, and most of us can't tell the difference among them. But put the wrong needle in your machine, or use the wrong needle for your fabric and/or thread,and all kinds of things go badly.. You can damage your bobbin hook, throw off the machine's timing, get puckered seams, break or shred thread, punch holes in your fabric, and, at the very least, produce an inferior stitch. Whatever your machine, even the latest computerized model, needle selection can make or break your stitch.
At one time, only one type of machine needle was available to home sewers, and the sole choice involved was size. But today, home sewers can choose from a wide variety of needle types in their quest for trouble-free sewing.
Several things can determine the type of needle to pick: the fabric you're using; the thread you've chosen (for example, metallic or embroidery); or the type of stitch you plan (for instance, top-stitching or hemstitching). When you're doing regular, not decorative, sewing, the type of fabric determines the shape of the needle's point, and the fabric's weight determines the needles' size.
But before deciding on a needle, you first need to know the needle system your machine uses. Unlike commercial machines, which use a variety of needle systems, almost all home-sewing machines use a 130/705H needle system -- designated on the needle case between the needle's name and size (other letters indicate needle type, such as M for Microtex or Q for quilting). Your machine's needle system never changes, regardless of the size or type of needle you use.
Tension control, stitch length, foot pressure, and other invisible settings on automatic machines are set for medium-weight fabrics, threads, and needles. If you're a middle-of-the-road sewer, using mid-weight, woven fabrics, you could be happy using a size 12 universal needle for the rest of your life. But when you want improved stitch quality, learn which specific needles to use for various jobs.
Select needle type by the task at hand Sewing-machine manufacturers want their machines to consistently produce a perfect stitch. So the needle's configuration is engineered to manage thread and fabric to reduce the likelihood of skipped or flawed stitches. Each needle type produces a stitch by using a uniquely designed groove, scarf, eye, and/or point to enable the needle and bobbin hook to meet perfectly.
Embroidery - Has a universal point (not sharp, not ball) and has a teflon-coated eye. This helps to keep the thread from heating up and shredding during the embroidery. Sizes range from 10/70 to 14/90.
Metafil - Very similar needle to the embroidery but with a ball point which will prevent skipped stitches as well as help protect the fibers of delicate stretch fabrics.
Metallica - A must for metallic threads! Has a longer Teflon coated eye which helps cut down on thread breakage.
Microtex - This needle has a very sharp, fine point. Perfect for embroidery on fine cottons, silks, micro-fibers and wovens.
Titanium - This needle is dipped in titanium, which makes it three times stronger than regular embroidery needles. Use when stitching out heavy designs or when stitching on thick fabric such as denim or canvas. This needle is also especially nice on lightweight fabrics because the smaller tip will not create large holes. Available in 11 or 14 sizes.
Leather - Use when embroidering on leather or leather like materials. The elongated scarf penetrates without leaving large holes.