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What Needles Can Be Used With a Serger?

written by Sarah

Sergers can be pretty intimidating and difficult to understand. One of the questions commonly asked centers around needles. Let’s dive in.

Question: Can I Use Home Sewing Machine Needles on My home Serger?

From my research, not all sewing experts agree on this and it really depends on your machine. Most people say, “Use whatever your machine recommends.” Is this true? Eh, not always. For example, my Singer ProFinish recommends only using Singer Serger Needles, but I’m a Schmetz lover and they work wonderfully with my serger. I’ve used Schmetz Universal, Ballpoint, Stretch, Topstitching, and Jean needles in my serger and all worked perfectly. I switch the needles to fit my fabric, which I have found to be beneficial and produce a better end product. Overlock machines less than 10 years old can, for the most part, be use with home sewing machine needles.

Think about it like this; have you ever gotten a new medical prescription? There’s the brand and the generic. The generic has the EXACT same active ingredient as the brand, it just had to wait so many years for the brand patent to run out. Or you buy a new frizz-control shampoo and it says only to use their frizz-control conditioner. Nothing bad will happen if you use a different brand of frizz-control conditioner. It’s all the same.

So, go ahead and install your favorite brand of sewing machine needles. When you insert the sewing needle, it should fit the same as if you were installing it in a home sewing machine. The round end of the shaft faces you and the flat side of the shaft should slide in easily.

serger needles copy

Do a few slow turns manually with the hand wheel and see if everything looks good. Anything explode?  No? Great! You’re good to go. Remember, the right needle will extend down further than the left. Completely normal.

4 thread overlock copy

Is your serger more than 10 years old? You can still test out universal home sewing machines using the above mentioned method. If the needles don’t fit easily  or  the stitches aren’t forming as they normally do, your best bet is to stick with what your manual suggests. Anything older than 20 years definitely needs to use a needle specifically suggested by the user manual.

Question: What Needles Do I Use With an Industrial Serger?

Definitely not regular home sewing needles. Home sergers have a completely different needle holder. The needle holder for an industrial machine is either completely rounded, has a notch, or other special shape specific to that machine. Industrial sergers  can reach 9500 stitches per minute, which is much faster than the average household serger of around 1500 stitches per minute. That’s a lot of heat and wear on a small piece of metal. Use what your manual recommends, such as Industrial Sewing Machine Needles, just to be safe.

We hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions about your serger, feel free to leave us a comment in the message section below and we’ll be sure to get back to you immediately!

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Chloe April 12, 2018 at 8:57 am

Hi, I have a babylock imagine and just finished sewing up something in a knit fabric. I’ve now noticed that the needles on my serger have left little holes all through the fabric!! Does this mean I just need to change the needles, or do I need ones specifically for knit fabrics? I’m currently just using the ones that came with the machine. Thanks!

T May 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm

You should use ballpoint needles for knit fabric to prevent holes.

CustomerService May 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Thank you for assisting! This information is accurate.

Shamin Naicker March 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Thank you for this informative post. I do a lot of decorative serging. I need to use a Topstitch needle size 100. I’ve tested it with a 2 thread flatlock with Ricky Tims Razzle Dazzle thread using a 100 Topstitch needle. It worked perfectly. My dealer recommended that I don’t use a size 100 needle. I’m using a Bernina L460 (launched in 2017 in South Africa). I am disappointed as it worked perfectly. Would using a size 100 damage my machine? I’m using one needle and Lower Looper only.

CustomerService April 27, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi Shamin! It is always recommended to address your manual for what your machine can use. Also, I would follow the direction of your dealer as they are familiar with your model.

Isla March 11, 2018 at 6:19 pm

I have a Euro-Pro 550 (EP550) ….. What needles do I need?

CustomerService April 26, 2018 at 11:30 am


I am sorry, but I am unable to obtain a parts list of your machine. Without that information, I cannot verify compatibility. If you possibly have a part number, either off the part or from your book, I would be happy to check availability that way.

Have a great day.

Laura March 9, 2018 at 10:31 am

hi! I think a have a very silly question… but I didn’t understand if you’re saying that I can use standard sewing machine needles on a Singer ProFinish 14CG754 Serger? or do you mean that you can use other brand (such schmetz) but still, you need special serger needles? I’m new in serging and I’m hesitating in buying a Singer serger or a Brother serger just because of the possibility to use regular sewing needles. Thank you so much! I really enjoy your tips!!

Sarah March 13, 2018 at 9:09 am

Hi! I use regular home sewing machine needles in my Singer ProFinish 14CG754 Serger – Schmetz is my favorite brand. They work really well.

Ro February 18, 2018 at 3:31 pm

I need to find server needles do a singer 44u555 model can’t find them in stores to fit, the shank is to large

Sarah February 20, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
Nancy February 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

I have a brother 1034D and one of the needles has broken off. The info on the accessory order form calls for a Schmetz #80 and I can’t seem to find them at any stores and a JoAnns employee suggested using a singer over-lock needle. What do you recommend?

Sarah February 5, 2018 at 10:49 am Reply
Jean Blake January 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm

I love your instructional videos Sarah. I have a question please. I just purchased a Brother 1034D serger(used) How can I tell how old the machine is? The only serger I’ve ever had is a New Home My Lock which as you know doesn’t do very much so I don’t know much about using a serger. It’s scary to think about sewing and cutting the fabric at the same time. I just hope I can get my nerve to use it. I will get it this Saturday. Thanks for listening.

Sarah January 30, 2018 at 9:31 am

Hi, Jean! That’s a relatively new serger – within the last 5 to 8 years. It’s normal to feel nervous using a serger for the first time – I know I was. You can do it!

krishan lal February 19, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Hi Sarah I happy to see you helping people for their stitching problem I m sewing machine mechanic from Ludhiana India I want to say if needle Will heat in overclock then we can use silicone oil or coconut oil in needle theard in heavy type fabrics it’s working well not missing the stich or not theard breaking.
Krishan lal

Sarah February 20, 2018 at 10:26 am

Hi! Thank you for sharing that tip!

Charles Tinsley January 10, 2018 at 8:03 am

Needles go a brother lock 626

Sarah January 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm

Hm, I don’t have any needles listed specifically for that machine on our website. We may need to contact Brother for you. Would you mind giving us a call at 888-824-1192? One of our customer service reps can take your information and find the proper needles for you. Thank you!

Veronica Thao March 6, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Hi, I also have a Brother Lock 626. I am having trouble replacing the needle. I’m not sure how to loosen it

Sarah March 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

Hi! We have a video detailing how to remove serger needles here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/beginners-guide-to-serging-episode-2
We also carry the manual for your Brother Lock 626 here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/instruction-manual-brother-626d.aspx

Mary January 3, 2018 at 8:21 am

What is the difference between a BL x 1 and 15 x 1?

Sarah January 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

Hi! The shaft of a BL x 1 and 15 x 1 are different sizes.

Christine December 21, 2017 at 12:26 am

My Empisal overlocker (serger) is skipping stitches…. I have changed the needles twice (using Schmetz 90/14 universal), they are in correctly, machine oiled and cleaned. Where to from here? Any help would be fabulous!

Sarah December 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Hi, Christine! Your machine could be out of time or, more likely, your upper or lower looper has a burr or scratch. Even the smallest scratch will cause skipped stitches.

Laura December 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Sarah – I have a BabyLock Evolve BLE8W. I am looking for replacement needles to work on lycra and a sharper needle for rolled edges on silk and chiffon. Any recommendations?

Sarah December 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Hi, Laura! I like to use these needles for sewing Lyrca: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
And these needles for sewing silk chiffon: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/microtex-sharp-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

GK JONES December 10, 2017 at 4:29 am


Sarah December 12, 2017 at 11:42 am

Hi! You can use these needles with your ELna 664: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-organ-type-15x1sp-10pk.aspx

Becky Coleman November 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Hi, I have the brand name White Super Lock 534 Serger Machine. As you mentioned in you post above; “the right needle will extend down further than the left.” I have misplaced my manual and can’t remember where I purchased my machine. What are these needles called, and where can I buy them? I have googled them for my Serger Machine but it seem they are not sold any where for this specific brand. Please help!!

Sarah November 30, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply
Nola November 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

I have a Bernette for bernina Funlock 006D… what replacement needles do I use for it

Sarah November 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Hi, Nola! I will contact our supplier to get the correct needle for your machine. I will have an answer by tomorrow. Thank you for your patience!

Kathleen November 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Looking for overlocker needles brother 546D

Sarah November 13, 2017 at 10:55 am Reply
Sarah Fitz September 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm

I have a Singer 14U ultralock 64A and my needle broke. The manual says I should use a singer 2054 #11 or 14 needle but those are super hard to come by. Or at least I haven’t found them online. What other brands and types would you recommend?

Sarah September 20, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
RO October 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Your site indicates the 2054 needles should not be used in a Ultralock 14U64A. I copy and pasted from your site. Please advise, thanks
Note* Singer 2054 Needles fit all Singer Sergers except: 14U12, 14U13, 14U22, 14U33, 14U52, 14U53 and 14U64A. 14U64A

Sarah October 16, 2017 at 10:07 am

Hi! My mistake – I must have copied the wrong link. These ones fit the 14U64A: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/singer-yellow-band-style-2045-needles.aspx
Thank you so much for pointing that out!

Kathy Dardick August 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

I have a Singer Serger 14U64A– in the manual it states to use needles 2045 #11 #14.
when I look for the needles they aren’t for an overlock machine. It looks like the new Singers use 2022? What should I get?

Sarah August 21, 2017 at 8:39 am

Hi, Kathy! The 2045 needles are special Ball Point needles. You can use both. What type of fabric are you sewing?

Tania July 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

Sarah, I have 2 needle questions. I have the Babylock Evolution serger and need more needles but my shop is always out what needles can I buy in bulk to always have extra on hand. I also have the Janome Cover stitch and would like to do the same for needle for it. If I keep 20 to 30 in my house I’m better about changing them more often.

Sarah July 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Hi, Tania! I also like to buy my needles in bulk – one less thing to think about! Our brick and mortar store is a Babylock dealer, so we keep a lot of compatible needles in stock. For your Babylock Evolution, we have many of these needles in stock: https://goo.gl/my3ZuL
The only one of those that we are low on right now is the Schmetz Chrome Ball Point in size 90/14. The others we have plenty stocked.
What is the model number of your Janome Coverstitch machine?

J S July 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

My serger is well over 20 years a Singer ultralock 14u64a. The needle seems to bend slightly and hit the pressure foot causing the needle to break. Could that be due to the incorrect needle?

Sarah July 24, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Hi! Perhaps. What needles are you using?

Debi July 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm

I have a 14T968DC | PROFESSIONAL 5 can I use regular sewing needles or an alternative needle? What do you recommend for knits, woven, cotton and elastic?

Sarah July 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Hi, Debi! These needles are guaranteed to be compatible with your machine: https://goo.gl/zhtbDM
With a cover stitch machine, you should be able to use these needles with all of those fabrics. However, if for some reason your needles aren’t giving you the correct results, you can switch to a ball point needle or stretch needle. Your machine can actually use regular, home sewing needles.

Debi July 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Thank you for your quick response. I do have several packs of home sewing needles would any of these work with my cover stitch machine 2045, 2020, and 130/705 H?

Sarah July 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

The 2020 and the 130/705H should work well.

Rebekah June 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm

Hi, I have an Elna 945 serger and have never used anything other than the recommended ELx705 needles. (Okay, confession… I don’t think I’ve changed my needles ever, since my serger saw fairly minimal use and then has sat for quite a few years.) I’m now wanting to do a stretch wrap stitch to make a tight fitting Lycra skirt, and I’m wondering if I should just go with a pair of brand new ELx705 universals or if I should try the Schmetz home sewing stretch needles I’ve used successfully on Lycra with my babylock sewing machine in the past… Any advice? thanks!

Sarah June 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

Hi, Rebekah! I would use these: https://goo.gl/5PeSwj

tanyap April 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

It looks like you’re the ‘go to’ person for questions. My Janome Four DLG needs new needles after breaking them on a zipper end. But Janome dealers in Toronto are hard to find (YES, I said Toronto) any suggestions on compatible options? I tried the HA Kidd Klasse ‘Serger’ needles but they fall out of the needle slots (too small) even though the box says they’re Janome friendly. Machine says to use HA-1 SP either 11 or 14. Suggestions?

tanyap April 2, 2017 at 11:32 pm

after a lot of reading today i decided to try sewing machine needs on my serger but they kept falling out and that’s when i noticed the screw on my trusty janome. i pulled out the fix it kit and along with the tiny screwdriver i needed was a spare set of serger needles. i went ahead and tried the Klasse ones i’d purchased, tightened the screw and did a test piece and we’re back in business. so i thought i’d pass this tip along for anyone struggling as i did today. check to see if you’re machine has screws to tighten the needles.

Sarah April 3, 2017 at 10:09 am

Thanks for sharing!

Sarah April 3, 2017 at 10:04 am

Hi, Tanyap! We do sell Janome brand HA-1 SP needles here: https://goo.gl/TalPab

Mehzabeen Patel March 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Hi I have a brother serger 1034D and I am trying to sew stretchy crinkle fabric but I am having major major problems. The stitch won’t work on that fabric and when it does it keep missing large gaps and does very loose stitching or sometimes very tight stitching. When I sew on normal fabric it works fine.
Please tell me what kind of a needle to use on my overlock machine for this fabric?

Sarah March 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply
Sarah February 13, 2017 at 10:37 am

I’m new to serger sewing. From reading the manual and trial stitches I am having trouble getting the left needle tension to tighten. I have a simplicity SL350 that was bought used. If I turn the tension up so far it ends up breaking the thread. The stitches can easily be seen from the “right sides”. How do I get my tension to work? Or should I try changing the needles.

Sarah February 15, 2017 at 10:23 am

Hi, Sarah! I’ve had trouble like that in the past. If your thread is definitely flossed between the tension disks and you still have no tension, I would take your serger to a repair tech, as the tension discs may need to be replaced.

Rose January 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

Hello ladies,
I have a Janome New Home 7933 Serger and it says only use needles 11 & 14 and I am continually breaking, bending and snapping needles now that I have started working with layers of fleece. I need a good quality needle that can stand up to the task. Please help! In addition, as I was skimming through the comments looking for a quick answer to my issue I read something about jean needles (Sarah I think mentioned it to another seeker of sewing wisdom), Can I sew denim on this machine successfully? Obviously, I’m new to the wonderful world of sewing with that question but, if the answer is in the type of needle then please advise, that would be great news! I’ve been hemming jeans and khakis by hand and frankly many pairs wind up sitting in a pile completely neglected because even with thimbles I still stab myself with needles 🙁 …grr
Can you also give me some guidance on what the thread tension should be set between with dealing with the thicker fabrics? I use a LOT of thread on scrap fabric before I get those knobs at just the right tension only to have a needle to out on me. LOL Is there some kind of printable cheat sheet chart I could print out and put on the wall as a reference guide?
Thanks in advance for your time and efforts. It is greatly appreciated! 🙂

Sarah January 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Hi, Rose! Your machine uses the following needles: https://goo.gl/UYHjpj
You can sew denim on your machine and you can use the denim needle listed above. When your needle breaks, it indicates you need a larger size. If you’re sewing multiple layers, I would go with a size 90/14 or even a 100/16. Good Luck!

Rose January 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Thank you so much Sarah, you’ve been a big help. I would tend to agree with you about the issue being the needle size for sure, I just didn’t know what I was supposed to be using in it’s place. Not knowing much about how the whole sewing trade is woven together leaves me a little in the dark. I am loving the learning experience. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

Karen January 31, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Also check your throats plate – I had a brand new serger that had a very slight nick and would break needles constantly. Sanded it down and works great m
Now. Another reason is too tight a top tension that pulls the needle when it sews and it hits the plateau you bought it from a department store get it serviced

Leonie December 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

Hi Sarah. Thanks for all this. I notice all your recommends for HA 1SPs but following on from the original post, what is so special about the HA 1SP compared to a normal Janome blue tip or purple tip? I have read about the sharp point etc. but can the blue and purple tip be substitutes for the HA 1SPs as they are SP needles too? I’m fed up with buying HA 1SPs specially for my serger (a Janome one – 8002D) as we live on a small island and it’s tricky to get them in whereas I can get others more easily. I also have a bunch of Schmetz Stretch needles 130-705 H-S – could these be fine on my serger too, especially for serging knits?

Leonie December 9, 2016 at 11:47 am

Actually I see the Schmetz stretch are ball point so no good but the Janome Blue and Purple Tip? Are they sharp points?

Leonie December 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

No they are ball point too I see but why does it matter?! I’d still like to understand why SP are necessary….

Sarah December 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Hi Leonie! I think you would be fine with regular home sewing machine needle on your serger. I don’t think you need to buy specialty serger needles. Schmetz Universal Needles should work fine. I hope that helps answer your question!

Barbara October 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

I have a National N50E serger and it takes round shank needles. the number on the needle is 90714
My manual says to use HAx1 #11 or 14 and after buying different packages that say this on the label,
I find that they do not work with my machine because they have the flat side on them.
The company that the machine was bought from I can not get a hold of. Do you know where I might be able to
purchase these needles?

Ellen October 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

These BLx1 Serger Needles have a round shank: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-schmetz-blx1-5pk.aspx

Lorraine October 10, 2016 at 4:39 am

Hi Sarah
I have a fristrer 3 overlock machine and want to know what sort of needles should I use?

Ellen October 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

Hi Lorraine

I would suggest checking in your instruction manual if you have one, it should suggest a needle system. If it does not, I would suggest trying the needle system ELx705. It fits most home sergers.

Ann Hubbard September 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

what needles can I use on my Elna 664? Will Schmitz universal work? would like to sew a very stretchy material-just found out that there are specific stretch needles for Sergers.

Ellen September 12, 2016 at 10:25 am

You can use Schmetz HAx1 or 705H needles in a size 11 or 14. Here is a link to Purple Tip Needles, they’re like the ones you mentioned, made for sewing stretch fabrics: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/purple-tip-needles-janome-202122001.aspx

Karen Peppers August 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Where can I buy HA*1 serger needles?

Ellen August 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

Hello Karen

Here is a link to HAx1SP Serger needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-schmetz-hax1sp-5pk.aspx

Cyndi July 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

I have an old singer 14u34, the manual says to use 2054 # 14 needles. I have not had luck finding them locally, so I was wondering if there is a universal or other brand like schmetz that would work.

Ellen July 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Hello Cyndi

Here is a link to the 2054 needles for your Singer 14U34. Sizes 10 – 16 are available and they’re in stock: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-10-pack-singer-ball-point.aspx

Shirley June 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm

I have a Baby Lock 5280 serger. The left needle broke and I am having a problem getting the left needle shorter than the right.
What am I doing wrong and please show me a clear picture of how to thread the lower looper. thanks, Shirley

Sarah June 24, 2016 at 7:23 am

Is the needle screw loosened all the way so the shafts can be inserted all the way?

Rosa June 29, 2016 at 7:48 pm

I have a Janome MyLock serger
The needle bent on the right and I want to know if I can use a universal needle for it. It’s also a 204D. Help please.

Ellen June 30, 2016 at 8:37 am

Hello Rosa

Your Janome 204D uses needle system 15×1 which is the same as the universal HAx1 or 705H needles. So you should be just fine to use them.

Susan June 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

What needles does the singer 14T968DC 5thread serger use ?

Ellen June 14, 2016 at 8:29 am

Hi Susan!

These Singer Type 2022 needles fit your 14T968DC serger: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-singer-2022.aspx

Milton Skinner May 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm

I have a knitking King Lock 900D. Regular needles are too big to fit. Can you suggest a needle that might fit? And where I can get them? Thanks

Ellen May 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

Hello Milton. I’ve been doing some research and unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find any information on a Knitking King Lock 900D.

Milton Skinner June 2, 2016 at 10:08 am

I found one that works ! It’s a singer 2054 80/12 and 90/14. Thank you for looking as I have not been able to find anything on line my self. Just happened to find it by accident. Thanks again, Milton

Ellen June 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Awesome! I’m glad you were able to find a needle that will work for you!

Nicole Holloway January 16, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Haha wow thanks. I have this machine and there’s no info on it online lol

Sue Wilson May 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

I have an old My Home 234D serger, a White Speedylock 1600 serger, and a fairly new Janome 634D serger. They all use HA-1 needles. Can you tell me if the singer 2054-42 or the singer 2022 needles will work with these sergers? I was recently given several unopened packages of these different needles and wondered if I could use them? Or will they work on my Husqvarna sewing machines? Also, how do I tell the difference between ball point and regular point HA-1 needles? And, what does the SP mean? I hesitate to use these needles without checking because I don’t want to cause any problems! Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

Ellen May 2, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Hello Sue. The Singer 2054-42 and 2022 needles are different than the HA-1 needles. I wouldn’t recommend using them in your 234D, 1600 or 634D. What is the model of your Husqvarna sewing machine? I can look it up and see what needle system it takes. The difference between ball point needles and regular needles is that the ball point needles are made with a more rounded tip making them ideal for sewing on stretchy fabrics such as knits. The SP stands for “Sharps”. Sharps needles are made with an extra sharp point, they’re ideal for use on tightly woven fabrics.

Terrie February 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

I have an baby lock protege model BL5370ED and can’t figure out what needles i need. It’s not working properly so I assume it’s the needles. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ellen April 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Hello Terrie

These Organ DCx1 Needles should work for your Babylock BL5370ED: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-dcx1-10pk.aspx

Roz November 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I’ve been reading all the posts and your replies – I just want to say ‘thank you’ for all your advice which I have found extremely useful.

Sarah November 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Thank you for visiting us! I’m glad we have been helpful 🙂

danae November 11, 2015 at 11:28 pm

I have an old janome my lock 234 and it’s just not sewing right it misses the entirety of one whole stitch so rather r than 4 it only sews 3. I think it’s the needles, do you know what type I should be using?

Sarah November 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Hi Danae! These are the needles that are compatible with your serger: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-schmetz-hax1sp-5pk.aspx

B Lake November 10, 2015 at 5:25 am

what size needle for bl097

Sarah November 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Hi! Your manual lists these needles as compatible: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-schmetz-hax1sp-5pk.aspx

Pam September 20, 2015 at 11:56 pm

I have a Juki MO-644D. Can you tell me what type of needle I can use on this serger.
Thanks in advance for your time.

Sarah September 25, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hi Pam! Your serger uses standard household needles 130/705H, which we sell here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
Your manual recommends using size 75/11.

Angela December 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Hello Sarah. I also have the Juki MO-644D, and am trying to serge through 5 layers of canvas (slipcovers). I noticed my manual recommends the 75/11 size, but my machine is barely moving with a 100/16. I thought I would bump up to a 110/18, but the needle head is too large to fit into the slot. What should I do?

Sarah December 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

Hi Angela! There are a couple things you could do. First, which needle brand and type are you using? A 110/18 Schemtz Jean Needle (https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/denim-jeans-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx) should work nicely. Also, if the straight stitch has already been sewn on a sewing machine, you can grade (trim) the inner layers, leaving just the outer 2 layers to be serged. If that’s not an option, grab a mallet (or hammer) and hammer out the seam. Hammering the seam breaks down some of the fibers and flattens the seam well, making it easier to puncture.

Rocio August 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Need to replace Serger weaving needle do you carry it?

Sarah August 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Hi Rocio! I’m not familiar with a serger weaving needle, but I’ll look under the needles for your machine – what is the make and model of your serger?

Connie August 10, 2015 at 7:12 am

I have a Pfaff Coverlock 4772 that I purchased in 1999. My dealer has closed shop and I need to purchase needles. It requires overlock El X 705 cat. No. 2002. I like the size 14 the best.
What can I substitute ? Thank you

Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

Hi Connie! I have these needles listed as compatible with your coverlock machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/singer-2054-serger-needles-10pk.aspx

Stacie July 24, 2015 at 7:26 am

I have a singer 14cg754 serger, what needles should I use for sewing knit fabrics?

Sarah August 7, 2015 at 7:17 am

Hi! Ballpoint needles should work well.

Liz July 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Bought an older Toyota 4 thread overlock serger. It only had one needle in it. When I put a needle in the left side it hits the plate/metal tab thing. Any thought on what adjustments need to be made? I am new to using a serger. The shop want $129 plus parts if it needs any to clean it up. Thoughts?

Sarah July 17, 2015 at 8:20 am

Hi Liz! Give our customer service a call and ask for Dennis – he is our machine technician and will be the best source of information. Good luck!

Robin Clark July 4, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I have Janome MyLock 634D serger, need needles for it I was told made sure they sp after the size having a hard finding them

Sarah July 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Hi Robin! These are the needles you need for your machine. https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-schmetz-hax1sp-5pk.aspx

Sarah June 28, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Hi! I have an old Singer Ultralock 14u234 (b, I think? it doesn’t say so on the machine but that’s the manual i found and use for it) and whoever sold it to me failed to include any of the accessories. I’ve been able to find everything listed in the manual in stores near me like Jo-Anns and Michaels EXCEPT for the extra 2054 #10/#14 needles….and just my luck, the tip of one of the needles decided to hit the throat plate and bend on me tonight. I’ve ordered new ones from you but I can’t afford any faster shipping than USPS Priority and I need them NOW for a project that absolutely needs to be finished by next week. Are there any other brands/styles/sizes that are found in stores that could be used as placeholder needles so I can get my work done?

Sarah July 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I’m so sorry I missed this comment. I hope it’s not too late, but you’re next best place to look would be a sewing repair shop. They’re usually listed as “Sew and Vac” in the yellow pages (or google search).

Mitzi Dixon May 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

I have an older White Speedylock 1634 Serger. Can you tell me please what needles I need to be using?

Sarah June 1, 2015 at 11:57 am Reply
Kate April 2, 2016 at 6:36 am

This helped me, too! I have had a White Superlock 1934D for more than 10 years and have just used the same pack of needles until they were all completely dull, because I just wasn’t sure what I should buy as a replacement. I’m finally going to do it, after reading this. I thought I needed something specialized, phew. Thank you!

Anita Marchena April 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

I have a serger overlook machine #14 u46, the needle is 2450, but It is hardto find that needle. Can I use other #?

Sarah May 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Hi Anita! I just want to clarify – your asking about needles for a Singer 14U46b, right?

Luis April 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

I have a Brother 834DP serger and i can’t find needles that fit. Please help!

Sarah April 17, 2015 at 5:34 am

Hi Luis! Your machine uses standard home sewing machine needles. You can purchase them here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

Susan Hall December 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I have an old baby lock protege. My manual doesn’t give me the needle to use just the sizes for different fabric. I have looked online and am getting mixed answers. Can you help?

Sarah December 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Hi Susan! Your machine uses the following needle types: 15×1, 705, 130 in sizes 11 and 14. You can find them here https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-15×1-10pk.aspx
Please let me know if I can help with anything else! Happy holidays!

Melanie November 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Hello I have a Brother Lock 1034D Serger I am having issues finding twin needles, so I put in just normal serger needles and it isn’t working! My twin needles that were in the machine were not uneven like these are? Can you help any?

Sarah November 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Here is the link for the needles that are recommended for your machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/lookup.html?keywords=SCHMETZ+130%2F705H.
You can use regular home sewing machine needles on your serger but the B needle (AKA left needle) will always be a 1/2 mm. shorter than your A needle. It might seem strange but this is totally normal. You don’t really notice it until you change the needle. Make sure flat back of the needle faces the back of the machine. You will also have to use that tiny screwdriver to loosen the needle screws to insert the needle to make sure you get it in all the way. I hope this helps and please let me know if this doesn’t resolve the issue.

Lindajean July 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Hello I’m having a hard time finding the right needle for my serger, it’s a Brother Model 634D I know its an older machine but I’m working on my Wedding dress and my machine is not working well at all and I think if I replace the needles all will be better. The first owner of the machine made notes on the back of the book but I dont understand them so maybe you could help.. Notes: Organ 16 x 275 / size 10 – 20
Ball Pt. 12-16-18
Please Help

Sarah July 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hi Linda! I thought I had responded to this before, but I must have never pressed the “reply’ button – I’m so sorry for the delay! Your machine uses these needles – https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx – congratulations on your wedding!

Rachel March 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Can you tell me what type of a needle I can use with a SergeMate 5040?

Sarah March 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hi! The recommended needles are Organ Needles. We have them here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-organ-type-dcx1-10pk.aspx

Diana June 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I have that model and only Schmetz Universal works on it. Mostly, I use the 90/14 needle.

Sarah June 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm

The only schmetz needle I haven’t used on this machine it leather. Do your stitched not form correctly with other needle types? I feel like me stitches look between I used fabric specific needles.

Jade February 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I’m new to serging and am wondering if I need to buy a new needle to serge mesh other than the needles that came with the machine? Also what kind of stitch do you recommend for mesh?

Sarah February 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Hi Jade! You’ll want to use a smaller needle size, anywhere from a size 60 – 75. Also, you might want to stabilize the seams with a light stabilizer. Either a rolled hem or 3 thread overlock will work well. Also, I recommend watching our tutorial on how to serge a rolled hem, because it shows how to use stabilizer. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY9tUcIoLy4 Good luck!

Cristina December 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hello, could you tell me if I can use a double needle on a 4 thread Singer serger, please? I would like to “fake” cover stitch on knit fabric… – maybe is it a silly idea?! Thanks for your help 🙂

Sarah December 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

Hi Cristina! I don’t recommend using a twin needle on a serger, how ever there are others ways to fake a cover stitch. Have you seen this video from craftsy? https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2012/12/how-to-use-twin-needle-to-mimic-cover-stitch-hem/

Cristina December 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

Thanks Sarah! I won’t but could you tell me the reason why you do not recommend a double needle on a serger? It’s just for info. Thanks for link, I will see it soon 🙂

RLThompson April 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

I realize this question is from several years ago. But the article is still online, so I figured anyone reading the info now may still want the answer to this question.
A “double needle” or twin needle refers to two needles with a single top shank to fit into a regular sewing machine. They are the same length and size, come in different widths apart, and different point types (sharps, universal, ball point, etc).
A twin needle simply isn’t designer to fit a serger; the two needles wouldn’t be in the correct alignment to sew. They wouldn’t be hanging straight down from where they were inserted, and wouldn’t be at different heights as required, nor the correct width apart.
That’s because a serger uses two separate needles inserted next to each other. The left needle actually sits slightly deeper (higher) in its spot so that the two needles aren’t working at the same height (they hang down at slightly different lengths). And they are a precise distance apart. These two factors allow the loopers to pass by the needles as they work without hitting against them.

RLThompson April 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm


Just to clarify this part of my above post: “They are the same length and size, come in different widths apart, and different point types (sharps, universal, ball point, etc).”

I meant that twin needles come in different widths and types; the two needles ON a twin needle cannot be different from each other. They are exactly the same.

M June 29, 2013 at 2:44 am

I was looking everywhere online to see if someone had an experience in using regular sewing needles in a serger! Thank you for the advice this helped me out a ton!

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Ursula April 6, 2013 at 12:20 am

I have a problem with my serger. Only the right needle sews and not the left.
Any idea what the problem could be?
I have tried all kind of needles.

But the left needle just does not stitch.

Sarah April 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Hi Ursula,
Has it always done this or did it just start?

RLThompson April 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Usually this is from the loopers not being threaded right. If you have re-done them while installing new needles, try having someone else do it so that a fresh pair of eyes are looking at it. Improper threading is the number one cause of sergers not sewing a complete stitch.
If it IS the needle, make sure you are unscrewing and loosening the needle all the way, then set the needle fully up into its slot and hold it firmly up there while you tighten the screw.
Some people only partially unscrew it, and then don’t realize they aren’t pushing the needle all the way up, or they are allowing it to slip down as they tighten the screw.
If you find it difficult to get your fingers in there to hold the needle firmly in place, try a needle holder. You can pick them up cheaply online and they work on any sewing machine or serger. It’s got a handle and a bifurcated slot that holds the needle in place while you tighten the screw.


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