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Which Sewing Machine Needle to Use?

written by Sarah

When I first began sewing, I underestimated the importance of proper sewing needle use. I figured I could use the needle that came with my machine for all projects until it broke, right? Wrong! Using the correct needle and frequently changing the needle makes ALL the difference. Think of it like this, you wouldn’t use a wrench to hammer in a nail. It’s not the proper tool for the job. Sewing needles are the same way. You need to match the needle with the project.

As with any other tool, sewing needles will eventually wear out. The rule of thumb is to change your needle every 4 to 8 hours of sewing. For great quality needles, you may be able to go longer. For poor quality, best to change every project. Personally, I don’t keep a timer on my needles, so I pay more attention to how it sews. For instance, if I see skipped stitches, bunching, snagging, or anything other than a perfect stitch, I’ll change the needle. Knowing you are using the correct needle is just one less variable to worry about.

Let’s get to know what kind of needles are out there.

Universal – The point is slightly rounded for knits, but sharp enough to pierce wovens. Although a Universal needle can technically be used on knits, I’ve found it to be most effective with wovens, especially cotton.
Ballpoint – The choice needle for knits. It’s rounded slightly to pass between the fabric threads rather than pierce them. Works well on heavy knits as well and won’t damage spandex.
Quilting – The tapered point is designed for thick layers and intersecting seams. This is the best choice for perfect machine quilting. Quilting Needles can also be used for piecing.
Sharp – This needle has a sharp point and narrow shaft for piercing wovens.  Works best on finely woven fabric like chintz, silk, light weight faux suede, and micofiber. Also great for heirloom sewing or any other type of topstitching.
Leather – This wedge shaped point is idea for sewing leather, suede, vinyl, heavy faux suede, and thick non-woven fabric. Pay close attention to where you sew; this needle will leave permanent holes. To avoid perforating the fabric, do not backstitch. Instead, tie the thread ends. Not for use with knits.
Denim – Denim Needles have a sharp point and strong shaft. These needles can stitch through many layers without breaking. Use on heavy, tightly woven fabric, like denim, canvas, and duck.
Topstitching – The extra large eye, large groove, and sharp point make it perfect for heavy decorative threads, like embroidery thread, or 2even two strands of all purpose thread. Use this needle anytime you have stitches visible on the outside of your project for a neat, clean look.
Stretch – Stretch Needles are designed for fine, light weight knits. Use when sewing Silk Jersey, Lycra, or anything with high elasticity. If you experience skipped stitches will a ballpoint needle, switch to a stretch needle.
Serger – These durable needles are specifically designed for Overlock machines. The sharp point gives it versatility for use on all fabrics. These needles are sized differently than conventional sewing machine needles. Check your manual for the correct needle. Change your serger needle after 15 hours of serging.
Embroidery – These are great machine embroidery and when sewing with Rayon, Acrylic, or specialty threads. The scarf of the needle protects the thread from fraying or breaking during high speeds.
Metallic – Monofilament and metallic thread work best with this needle because of the extra large eye. large groove scarf, and sharp point. This needle must be used when sewing metallic thread.
Wing – Just as in the name, it has flared ‘wings’ on each side of the shaft. Great for heirloom and decorative stitches, especially for batiste and linen. Some heirloom stitching can only be accomplished properly with a Winged Needle.
Twin – This ‘needle’ has a single shaft connecting two needles. This is often used when a sewist wants two perfectly matching stitches, commonly seam on jeans and decorative stitching. The users sewing machine must be twin needle capable, as you need two separate thread spools. Available in Denim, Stretch, Embroidery, Metallic, and Universal. Can also have one Winged needle and the other Universal.
Triple – This needle only comes as a universal needle. Just like the Twin needle, the Triple needle has a single shaft connecting three needles. Machine must be Triple needle capable.

Spring
– This needle is most commonly used for free motion sewing, embroidery, and monogramming. the wire coiled shaft acts as a presser foot to depress and release the fabric. Only available in universal, stretch, and quilting.
Self Threading – This is a general purpose needle just like the universal, however the eye is enlarged to assist sewists whom have difficulty threading needles.

Understanding the Sizes

So you’re ready to purchase your needles, but what do the numbers mean? There are two sizes, the American size and the European size with a ‘/’ separating the numbers. The larger number is European sizing and the smaller number is American sizing. The size needle you need depends on the weight of your fabric. Think of it like this, a size 70/10 needle is for fine fabrics and the strength or the shaft and point are designed as such. If you use a 70/10 needle to sew two pieces of denim, chances are that needle will be out of service very quickly. Let’s look at some general guidelines:

60/8 – For the most lightweight fabrics, like Organza, Chiffon, or Georgette.

70/10 – Light weight polyester or Silk, like you would use on a light blouse.

80/12 – Most Commonly Used – Cotton, Rayon, blends.

90/14 – Mid-heavy fabrics, like Corduroy, raw Silks, bottom weight fabric.

100/16 – Heavy fabrics, like Denim and Duck Cloth.

110/18 –  For Very Heavy Fabric, like Canvas or tapestry.

120/19 – Heaviest Fabrics, like luggage handles and boat canvas.

Not sure about the right needle for your project? Leave us a message in the comment section below and we’ll help you find it!

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572 comments

Malay Sahu November 21, 2017 at 3:48 am

While doing zigzag in princes cut blouses or any other dress material. niddle broke. I m having usha industrial sewing maMalchine. Currently I am using 100/16 size naiddle. please help.

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Sarah November 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

How many layers are you sewing? A 100/16 definitely shouldn’t break on just medium weight fabric. What needle brand are you using?

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Debbie Schrieber November 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm

What Kind of needle would be best suited for sewing 600 -1200 Denier Ballistic Nylon material? I am thinking of using 110/18 but not sure about the type. Maybe a universal or leather? im using it to cover a suitcase.
Thank you

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Sarah November 15, 2017 at 9:06 am

Hi, Debbie! I would think the Leather 110/18 would do well.

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Teresa November 9, 2017 at 10:14 am

Hi. what size needle is needed for elastic thread, I understand that the fabric is a factor?

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Sarah November 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

Hi! What fabric and elastic are you sewing?

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ELAINE BARKER November 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

Hi,
Can you tell me what to use for sewing 4 layers of 2mm thick felt please? I have a Brother FS130QC machine
Many thanks

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Sarah November 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Hi, Elaine! You would have to use a Leather Needle size 100/16: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/schmetz-leather-sewing-machine-needles.aspx
A word of caution – 4 layers of 2mm thick felt will be difficult to sew on your machine. If you find your 100/16 leather needle breaks, you will likely need to pound the seam down with a rubber mallet. Good luck!

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Kim November 7, 2017 at 6:05 am

Very Helpful Info about Sewing Machine Needle Sizes! We Make Spandex Lanterns & Vase Covers & have Always Used a Regular Fine Needle. Your Info about Ballpoint & Stretch Needles was Just what We Needed before Ordering Again. Nice Info…(0:

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Sarah November 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words and we’re happy to have you as a customer!

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Gary November 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Hi, I see information about needle sized for different weight fabrics but I am wondering if needles come in different lengths as well depending on the brand of sewing machine. Can any brand needle 80/12 be used with any brand of sewing machine? I have an older Kenmore 158 model and a Singer vintage 15-91 and I am wondering if I can use the same needles in either machine. The bobbins are apparently both the same class 15 type.

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Sarah November 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Hi, Gary! Yes, sewing machine needles do come in different lengths depending on the needle system. Most home sewing machines use needle system 15×1, but it really does depend on the exact model of your sewing machine. Which Kenmore 158 machine do you have? There should be 3 to 6 numbers listed after the “158”.
Your Singer 15-91 uses needle system 15×1: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/singer-15-91-sewing-machine-parts.aspx#filter:ptype_gmcfeed_1:$2520Needles
Most home sewing machines can use needles sized 60/8 to 110/18. Industrial machines can usually use larger needle sizes.

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Tonyalynn Wade November 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

i have a euro- pro model 420 sewing machine and am wondering what needle i need to purchase to do some work on leather? im new to this so baby steps with me please

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Sarah November 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

Hi! Your machine will struggle with most leather but should be able to slowly sew very lightweight leather. I recommend these needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/schmetz-leather-sewing-machine-needles.aspx in size 90/14 or 100/16.
Remember to increase your stitch length, decrease your tension, and install a Walking Foot or Roller Foot. Good luck!

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Marlene November 4, 2017 at 3:25 pm

what needle to i use on fleece , just 2 layers, Is there a special foot?

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Sarah November 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

Hi! I prefer to use a Ball Point Needle but have heard people swear by a Universal Needle. A Walking Foot is very helpful, even for two layers. However, if you have a very powerful machine with great feed dogs, you can probably get by with just your general purpose foot. We have a video on sewing fleece here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blog/sew-fleece-tips-tricks/

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Tiffany Cushman November 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Hi I came across your page and I love it. I was wondering if you could help me out. My aunt just gave me a old singer sewing machine and one of the needles broke when i was sewing a stocking. I am wanting to start sewing dog and cat collar, harnesses, leashes. I also was wanting to sew blanketd for causes, stockings, and pillows. What needle size would be recommended for the dog and cat portion?

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Sarah November 6, 2017 at 10:56 am

Hi! Thank you so much for your kind words – it’s my pleasure to help! To sew cat and dog collars, leashes, and harnesses, use a 100/16 universal needle. Good luck!

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Editha October 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

I have a Singer 251-11 industrial sewing machine. I would like to sew leather. What size needle should I use and where can I buy it. Thank you.

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Sarah November 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Hi, Edith! I’m so sorry I missed your comment! Your Singer 251-11 uses these needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx
To sew leather, I would use a size 100/16 or 100/18 (depending on the leather thickness).

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Joanne Shelton October 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

I have a Pfaff 2030 tiptronic. I’m sewing a quilt with 3 layers of flannel. I didn’t have any problems with the needles that came with the machine. But both types I’ve tried of new ones 80/12 and 90/14 my machine makes noise and breaks thread.

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Sarah November 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

Hi! Does the needle break, too? Or just the thread?

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Tiffany Ches October 25, 2017 at 8:48 pm

I have a Kenmore 385.16231300 and I’m sewing a dragon costume for my 5 year old. It’s been 20+ years since I’ve touched a sewing machine and have no clue which needles to use for different parts and the pattern doesn’t give any clues.

I have:
Wings – light weight mesh under a thin stretchy tight woven sheer
I also have to attach chenille and hook/loop tape to it

Body – stretchy fabric with metallic printed scales. Have to attach hook/loop tape, zipper, double thick felt, flannel and elastic

Please let me know which needles and sizes I should be using for each part.

Thank you!

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Sarah October 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Hi, Tiffany! That sounds like an awesome project! Let’s see if we can get by with just using two needles.
Wings: Use a stretch needle size 75/11. Use a Universal 90/14 needle to attach the chenille and hook/loop tape to the “lightweight mesh under a thin stretchy tight woven sheer”.
Body: You should be able to repurpose the 75/11 stretch needle to construct the “stretchy fabric with metallic printed scales” (though, ideally you would use a stretch needle size 90/14). Use your universal 90/14 to attach the “hook/loop tape, zipper, double thick felt, flannel and elastic” to the “stretchy fabric with metallic printed scales”.
Stretch Needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
Universal Needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Linda Robinson October 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

I have a Singer 9015. What needle size do I need for 92% polyester and 8% spandex?

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Sarah October 24, 2017 at 6:50 am

Hi! It depends on how thick your material is, but generally speaking, you should probably be fine with a 90/14. If it’s a thinner material, try an 80/12.

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Katherine McElroy October 12, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Hi! I have a Singer 4562 that I’m using to make weighted blankets out of fleece. My problem is that I’m using velcro on the pockets so that I can remove the beanbags to easily wash the blanket. What needle should I use since I’m sewing 2 layers of fleece with with 2 layers of velcro??? I’ve gone through about 10 needles trying to get the 1st blanket finished! Ugh!!! Thanks for any suggestions!!!!

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Sarah October 16, 2017 at 10:09 am

Hi! Go with the largest needle your sewing machine can use – but just on the velcro part. Most home sewing machines max out at 110/16.

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Anna September 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for writing this helpful article. I’m trying to troubleshoot some issues I am having sewing leather with 277 thread on a Pfaff 145 H4 machine. I cant decide if it is the hook assembly splitting the thread or if I’m using the incorrect needle. I’m a big believer in using the right tool for the job! When I bought my machine they gave me 135x16rtw #20 needles and 135×17 #24. I thought that these would work and have been great on regular upholstery and medium thickness leathers when I was sewing with a T90 thread. When I wanted to switch to thicker thread (277) I read that I should be using a #24 needle, so thought I was good. Boy was I wrong! That thicker gauge thread is giving me issues. From my online sleuthing, I think I should be using a 190r #24 or #25 needle but I am so confused at this point.
Your expertise would be incredibly helpful!
Thanks a million!

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Sarah October 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Hi, Anna! I say definitely increase the needle size. That thread works well with a #26.

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Heather September 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Hello, I have a Brother SE400 sewing/embroidery machine. I need advice on which needle to use for a thick riding pad for my daughter’s pony. It’s a quilted pad with an almost canvas like top, maybe 1/4 of an inch thick. I just want to monogram a corner without the needle breaking. Guessing 110/18 or 120/19, but I wanted to check, I don’t want to ruin the pad testing! Thank you!

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Sarah September 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Hi, Heather! That one is going to be tricky. I’m not certain a 110/16 will fit in your machine. You may want to try a 100/16 or a 90/14 denim needle. Be sure to hammer our the fabric a little first so that the needle can more easily penetrate. Your best option would probably be to embroider a “patch”, then sew the patch on with 100/16 needle.

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SewitOn September 22, 2017 at 10:39 pm

I have an older Kenmore machine. I am sewing with OUtdoor fabric and Selric UV resistant High Strength Polyester Thread #69. WHich is the best needle to use?

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Sarah September 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Hi! I would go with a 100/16.

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Lzzie September 21, 2017 at 6:46 am

Hi,
I have brother sewing machine GS3710,
Which needle can I use for knit fabric?
Thank you

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Sarah September 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply
Melissa September 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Hi Sarah!

I use a Brother c6000i, and I need a twin needle for my next project. I’ll be using knit fabric. Can you tell me where I can find a compatible needle?

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Sarah September 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Hi, Melissa! We have some here for your machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-twin-needle-schmetz-1-pack.aspx

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Carik Ganacge September 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm

what size needle do you recommend for embroidering unstructured cotton twill baseball caps with a seam in the middle of the front. I am using the hoop n buddy

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Sarah September 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Hi! I would try a 90/14 denim needle. I’d be hesitant to use a 100/16 because the holes will be so large.

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Vicky September 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Looking for needles for an older Kenmore, model # 158.17800.

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Sarah September 20, 2017 at 9:41 am

Hi! We have a huge list of all the needles compatible with your machine here: https://goo.gl/Xd7MJf

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Thu September 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Hi! I have a Juki DDL 8700. I want to sew fleece and I’m wondering what kind of pressor foot I need. Also, what is a zig zag foot? Do we have one that works with my machine? Thanks!

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Sarah September 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

Hi! Your machine is very powerful and will sew fleece fine with the general purpose foot already attached. You machine can not use a zig zag foot because it is a straight stitch only machine.

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Smathews September 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Machine -Singer simple 3337.what is needle size .home use only.please advise.thanks in advance

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Sarah September 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

Hi! These needles will work with your machine: https://goo.gl/aSz6Bk

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kate September 14, 2017 at 2:23 am

Hi Which needle size would you use to sew Guterman top stiching thread on to 4mm thick felted wool?

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Sarah September 14, 2017 at 9:26 am

Hi! What is the make and model of your sewing machine?

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Stephanie September 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Hi, I’m currently trying to fix a dog leash for friend that trains service animals, we need to stitch extra handles onto an existing dog leash. What needle and thread would work best? I have Singer Scholastic, will this machine work for that?

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Sarah September 14, 2017 at 9:25 am

Hi! It may work, but I’ve heard mixed reviews on that machine. I would use a size 100/16 leather needle and heavy duty polyester thread. If your needle is having trouble penetrating the layers, gently hammer down the seams with a rubber mallet, then sew.
Leather Needle: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/schmetz-leather-sewing-machine-needles.aspx
Heavy Duty Thread: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sewing-and-serger-thread.aspx#filter:threadtype:Specialty$2520$2526$2520Heavy$2520Duty/filter:fabricmaterial:Polyester

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Fatemah September 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

hi Sarah!!!!
I have a juki machine…… Can i know whether i can sew chiffon material in this machine???and should i change the sewing plate?

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Sarah September 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

Hi! Yes, you can usually sew chiffon with a Juki. Switch to a straight stitch plate and a straight stitch foot for best results.

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sunishtha September 11, 2017 at 12:57 am

Hi
Thanks for guidelines, but I am facing problem in using sewing machine needles, I have usha janome dream maker 120, it comes with set of 5 needles, every needle of mine is broken now . I lost the broken needles as well, and couldn’t find out the needles that works in my machine. The needle I purchased from a local dealer is making noise while I sew. I need your help and guidance. Thanks in advance

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Ellen September 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm

The Usha Janome Dream Maker 120 uses standard 15×1 needles.

Here is a link to Janome Blue Tip Needles size 11: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/blue-tip-needles-size-11-5pk-janome-990311000.aspx

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Fay Glenn September 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm

My friend is making Yurts and he needs to sew vinyl and nylon strapping together. What size needle should he use. Also does the brand make a difference? Thanks Fay

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Ellen September 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Hi, Fay! I would suggest a leather needle in a size 16. The brand shouldn’t make a difference. If you’ll let me know the brand and model of your machine, I should be able to tell you what type of needle your machine uses.

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Nyla August 30, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Hi Sarah, great blog!

I have a Janome HD 3000 sewing machine and am trying to sew this stretchy, delicate/embroidery looking lace. What needle would you use? Can you eve see it onto itself?

Also what needle would you use for sewing upholstery batting on this machine? So that the stitches come out nice ?

Thank you,

Nyla

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Ellen August 31, 2017 at 10:41 am

For a stretchy lace, I would suggest using a small ball point needle: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ball-point-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

For upholstery batting, I would suggest a universal size 16: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Nick August 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Sarah

I have a Brother LX3125 and am trying to hem my sons baseball pants (100% polyester) to make them knickers. What needle would you recommend

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Ellen August 31, 2017 at 10:05 am

I would suggest using a universal needle in a size 10: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Greg August 23, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hey Sarah,

Thanks for the tips – very helpful! I’m sewing together pieces of crocheted yarn. What would you recommend- ballpoint and 100?

Thanks!

Greg

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Sarah August 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Hi, Greg! I think that sounds like it would work well. Good luck!

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Dominique August 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Hi, I’m making a zipper pouch, and i have a singer sew mate, I’m using 90/14 needles and I’ve broken three already 2 going along the sides of the zipper and 1 going down the fabric, I’ve never had a problem like this before. Any advice?

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Sarah August 21, 2017 at 8:35 am

Hi! Wow, that is strange. Which brand of needles are you using? How thick is your fabric?

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Rukhsana Ghouse August 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Hi. I have a Brother SE400. Want to sew patio cushions using Sunbrella fabric. Which size needle should I use? The Brother representative I talked to said the largest size needle I can use with this machine is #16. Thx.

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Sarah August 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Hi! Yup, you want to use these needles in a size 100/16: https://goo.gl/FTxE6D

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Rukhsana Ghouse August 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Hi Sarah. I believe my Sunbrella fabric is acrylic. In the guide, it recommends a #18 needle for thick synthetics. But you still think #16 would be ok?

Also, the manual for my machine says to use only original Brother parts. I wonder if it would void the warranty if I use universal needles…??
Thank you so very much..

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Sarah August 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

Hi! My fear is that a #18 needle will not fit your needle holder. I would try the 100/16, but if you suspect your fabric needs something stronger, try a 100/16 leather needle. They’re awesome! We sell them here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/schmetz-leather-sewing-machine-needles.aspx?utm_source=Wordpress&utm_medium=product
As far as your warranty – I would double check with Brother. I used Schmetz needles in my Brother machine, but I’m not sure if their warranties have changed.

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Marina Barrera August 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Hola Sarah
Me han regalado una máquina SINGER & TOUCH MODEL 603E.
Ya la limpié y cose bonito. No tiene el SLIDE PLATE, necesito comprar BOBBINS, NEDLES y otros accesorios. Usted me puede ayudar? Tengo U$80.oo para comprar partes y accesorios.
He visto algunos accesorios que me gustaría comprar porque soy modista y me gusta hacer toda clase de proyectos. También hago bolsos (carteras) cortinas. Usted me dirá como hacemos para tener estas partes lo más pronto posible. Vivo en New Freedom, PA

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Sarah August 17, 2017 at 8:33 am

Hola Marina, tenemos muchas partes para el cantante 603 aquí:https://goo.gl/ZkSLmW
Slide Plate: https://goo.gl/NyhkzM
Bobbins: https://goo.gl/TTPvQ6
Needles: https://goo.gl/haVnYX

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Luis August 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

For a Singer 457G straight and Zigzag, i need a needle for leather and or vinyl. Which one you recommend me.

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Sarah August 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

Hi, Luis! I’m having trouble finding information for that machine. Do you have a picture of the needle you currently use? Or a picture of the package?

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Erica August 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Hi Sarah. What type of needle do I use for elastic band? I broke 2 needles trying to make my daughter some skirts.

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Sarah August 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Hi, Erica! What kind of fabric are you using to make the skirts?

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TRINA LLOYD August 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

DEAR SARAH, I AM HAVING SO MUCH TROUBLE THREADING MY SEWING MACHINE NEEDLE. I AM LOOKING FOR LARGE EYE NEEDLES FOR MY MACHINE, PLEASE ADVISE.

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Sarah August 11, 2017 at 7:25 am

Hi, Trina! I’m happy to help – what is the make and model of your sewing machine?

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Eileen S August 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm

What size/type of Inspira brand needle would you suggest for lighter weight flannel, and for ripstop nylon? Thanks!

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Sarah August 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Hi, Eileen! For your lighter flannel, you can use a size 90/14 Universal Needle: https://goo.gl/ZaWify
For your ripstop nylon, I would use a 100/16 universal needle: https://goo.gl/ZaWify

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Debbie August 9, 2017 at 11:12 am

Hi Sarah! What needle would you recommend for sewing double-faced satin ribbon to tulle? I’m needing to buy some new needles and want to make sure I buy the right ones for the job. I have a Brother CE5500PRW. Thank you!

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Sarah August 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Hi, Debbie! I would use these needles in size 80/12: https://goo.gl/ZLLNBx

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Edna Christian August 7, 2017 at 5:33 am

Dear Sarah I am new at sewing and am having a dilemma as to what needle I should use when I have the material, an interfacing and lining and then have to stitch back to front etc which means I have 6 layers. Can you help me please.

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Sarah August 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

Hi! No worries – what is the weight and fiber type of your main fabric?

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Bridget September 12, 2017 at 2:40 pm

I have a similar question…I sew hooded towels as a side business and often sew through 4-6 layers of towel at a time when putting the ears, etc. on to the hood. I almost always bread at least one needle, even using jeans needles! I have used size 16 needles and those snap too. I have a Pfaff creative from the mid 90’s. Thanks!

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Sarah September 13, 2017 at 9:11 am

Hi! I would switch to a leather needle size 100/16 and hammer out the seams before you sew them. When I have bulky layers like that, I literally grab a rubber mallet and pound the seam flat. Works like a charm!

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Elaine August 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm

I was needing to know which size needle would I use to sew burlap? Thank you so much for the info.

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Elaine August 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Hey Sarah. Sorry to have bothered you. I saw where you had already answered this question for someone else. Thanks for all you have shared. It’s awesome.

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Sarah August 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

It’s no bother at all!

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zorena July 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

I am looking for a double sewing needle for a singer sewing machine n0750.

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Sarah July 31, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Hi! I just want to clarify – you need twin needles for the Singer 750, correct?

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Leonardo July 28, 2017 at 6:54 am

Hello sarah, do you know if a brothers se 400 will do good on vinyl and which needles to use for embroidery

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Sarah July 28, 2017 at 9:25 am

Hi, Leonardo! I’ve used Brother just like that one to sew vinyl. It’s not the best, but it does work as long as you baby it a little bit. Make sure to have either a Walking Foot, Roller Foot, or Non-Stick Foot. We have them here for your machine: https://goo.gl/cqBwyq
For embroidery, these needles work well: https://goo.gl/7LVREk

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Stefani July 25, 2017 at 1:08 am

Hi Sarah, thank you for the help in advance. I am trying to sew curtains for the first time. The fabric 80 Polyester 20 Linen, heavy upholstery fabric. I am sewing this with light weight blackout fabric Hanes (I hope this is a good choice). My machine is Brother cs6000I. Please advice on needle and thread. Thanks again
Link on fabric: https://www.joann.com/nate-berkus-home-decor-print-fabric-zodi-quartz/14041156.html

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Sarah July 25, 2017 at 8:56 am

Hi, Stefani! That’s beautiful fabric! I would use these needles in a size 100/16: https://goo.gl/ZLLNBx
Pair with Gutermann 100% Polyester thread. It’s pretty strong stuff: https://goo.gl/4biJjr

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Christine July 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Hi Sarah,
I’m learning how to make burp cloths using terry cloth on one side and Shannon double gauze on the other. I believe I should use a walking foot but what size needle should I use? I have a Janome DC2015. Thank you for your help.
Chris

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Sarah July 24, 2017 at 9:22 am

Hi, Christine! You definitely want to use a Walking Foot. I would use a size 100/16 needle. Good luck!

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Ron Ziegler July 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

I have a Capitol model 600 sewing machine. I broke the needle . Do they still make replacement needles that will work in this machine?

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Sarah July 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

Hi, Ron! We don’t have any verifiable information on your machine. Do you have an old needle package you can take a picture of and email to us? Also, some machines have a little needle stamp on it that states the system it uses.

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Ron Ziegler July 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm

The broken needle had on its shank 90-14 if that helps.

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Sarah July 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

That tells us the needle size. Is one side of the needle shank flat?

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Karla B July 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm

I want to start wool applique sewing but using my Janome sewing machine, I can’t hold a needle too long for hand sewing. Which size needle do you recommend?

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Sarah July 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Hi, Karla! Depending how thick your wool is, I recommend a Universal needle in size 90/14 or 100/16: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx?utm_source=Mailchimp&utm_medium=Product
Good luck!

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Bethany July 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

I am attempting to sew using the fabric linked below. I have my machine set on tension 0 and have a singer universal 16/100 as of right now, but the bottom thread keeps bunching and catching the machine.

https://www.joann.com/cosplay-by-yaya-han-stretch-fabric-59-black-scuba-hexagon/15469265.html#q=Hexagon&prefn1=prod_type&sz=36&start=1&prefv1=Product

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Sarah July 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

Hi, Bethany! First, that fabric is awesome! Switch your needle to a Stretch 90/14. Change your stitch length to around a 3.0 and change your tension to 3. Let’s see if that helps. Let me know!

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Marie July 13, 2017 at 8:32 am

Hi. I have a brother xl 5232. I am hoping to sew with burlap. What needle and thead would you recommend?

Thanks!

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Sarah July 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hi, Marie! I would use these needles in a size 100/16: https://goo.gl/ZLLNBx
Happy sewing!

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Carla July 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

In have a Brother SE400 machine. I have singer needles that have never been used. Will they work on my machine? Red point 100/16 for duck cloth.

Thank you.

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Sarah July 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

Hi! What kind of Singer needles are they?

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dolores mangoni June 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I have a new Babylock Bl9 and I cannot find a twin needle to fit. I have unfortunately purchased three and they do not fit. I broke two, but what I don’t understand is that one worked but doesn’t work any more. That is one of which I broke. Can you help me?

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Sarah June 27, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Hi, Dolores! This Twin Needle will work with your machine: https://goo.gl/AXccwh
I would go with size 2.0/80. Remember not to set your stitch length any larger than 3mm when sewing with that twin needle. Good luck!

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dolores mangoni June 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Thank you!!!

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Carolyn Allen June 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm

I recently purchased an old (in wonderful condition) Pfaff 145 Walking foot industrial machine for making leather handbags. I will be sewing anywhere from 2 to 4 or 5 oz weight leather and typically using size 69 thread. What type and size needle do you recommend? Someone said 135×8 in a size 18 or 20 but I don’t see that.

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Sarah June 27, 2017 at 9:15 am

Hi, Carolyn! I would use these needles: https://goo.gl/XgbkRY
Click the drop down (under the product name) menu to select the needle size. I would go with either size 110/18 or 115/19.

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Jodie June 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

Hi there I recently purchased a singer 4423 and was wondering what needle I’d need to make dog collars, using cotton webbing and material or nylon webbing and material. Thanks

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Sarah June 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

Hi, Jodie! I would use the Schmetz universal needles in a size 100/16: https://goo.gl/ZLLNBx

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Linda June 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Hi, I have a 50+ year old Singer that was my Mom’s. I was wondering if it would be strong enough to sew/alter denim jeans. I realize I would need a special needle for this.

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Sarah June 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Hi, Linda! The old Singers are usually very strong. May I have the model number of your Singer?

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Linda June 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

The manual says slant-o-matic 500 and the machine says Model 500A.

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Sarah June 22, 2017 at 9:08 am

Hi, Linda! Your machine should definitely be able to handle denim. These needles will work well: https://goo.gl/2QgJJY
I don’t know how thick your denim is, but size 90/14 is a good place to start. If you need any other parts or accessories for your machine, we have a catalog here: https://goo.gl/av8STv

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Linda June 22, 2017 at 10:19 am

Thank you!!

Sarah June 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

My pleasure!

samantha June 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

Hello. I am trying to make a blanket out of fleese. My stich kept coming undone everytime I got thru one side. I realize I may not be using the right needle for the job. It is the standard needle that came on my sewing machine. I have 3 or 4 other needles, just not sure which one I should use. Also should u change the foot too. I have the standard that came on the machine on it. Thanks for your help!

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Sarah June 19, 2017 at 11:32 am

Hi, Samantha! We have a quick video demonstrating everything you need to know to sew fleece here: https://goo.gl/2UHfj5
I hope it helps!

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LaiLani Fereday June 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

Hi Sarah, I have a Baby Lock Accord. My second time trying to embroidering the pattern came out with a lot of white showing and the stitches not filling in. Could this be from a bad needle ( which size should I use on pillow cases) or could it be from the thread I order on line from Thread Mart?
Thank you, LaiLani

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Sarah June 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Hi! It could be a combination of things, but I’m sure we can fix it. What is the needle size and type you’re using? And what is the thread brand and type that you are using?

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Fathima June 14, 2017 at 2:19 am

Hi sarah.
I just want to know which needle type and the tension to be used on a rexine material. Am using usha janome allure sewing machine

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Sarah June 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

Hi, Fathima! I would use these Schmetz Leather Needles: https://goo.gl/kKdPrM
A tension setting of 2 should work nicely. Good luck!

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Amanda June 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm

What size needle would I use for bamboo fabric? 95% Viscose from Bamboo, 5% Spandex
Also what stitch?
Thanks

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Sarah June 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

Hi, Amanda! If your fabric is a lightweight bamboo, I would use an 80/12. If it’s a medium weight bamboo, use a 90/14. I recommend these: https://goo.gl/PhmdBD

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Hollie May June 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

I have a CS-6000b Brother. The manual states to sew a hem on a stretchy fabric to use a twin needle131096-121. Can’t find it anywhere. Can you clarify what I should use? Thank you Sarah.

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Sarah June 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

Hi, Hollie! This Twin Needle will work with your machine: https://goo.gl/5wP3N2

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Carolina June 12, 2017 at 5:12 am

Hi. Great post! I’ve been totally confused on needle sizes and you have clarified a great deal for me.
Can I ask you what needle size you would recommend for sewing a satin ribbon to burlap fabric? Many thanks

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Sarah June 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

Hi, Caroline! I would try to get by with a 90/14 Topstitch Needle, like this: https://goo.gl/fDcHrM

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Carolyn Marshall June 10, 2017 at 12:42 pm

I recently acquired an older Pfaff sewing machine that belonged to my sister. It appears to be in very good shape. My question is what sewing machine needle to use. The machine is a Pfaff Automatic 260 ( probably made in the 1960’s) The book says to use System 130 R flat-shank needle. I’ve not been able to find a needle like that. I don’t find a dealer anywhere around where I live. Can You help me find out what I need? Your assistance is greatly appreciated .

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Sarah June 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

Hi, Carolyn! Your Pfaff uses these needles: https://goo.gl/CDcpc8

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patty slowik June 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

I am doing free motion stich in on a quilt on my juki with a stich regulator, and it is fine for a minute or 2 to 3 then the thread breaks, cam you recommend the thread and needle to use. Fabric and batting is cotton

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Sarah June 9, 2017 at 8:59 am

Hi, Patty! I recommend using a high-quality cotton thread and a quilting needle. I’ve been using Cairo-Quilt Thread to do my free motion quilting and it has worked very well. You can see all the colors here: https://goo.gl/Gx3Ncz
I use Schmetz quilting needles: https://goo.gl/mGK3Bj
I hope that helps!

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Kate June 9, 2017 at 2:24 am

Hi Sarah! I would like to do some embroidery on tulle fabric with a lightweight tear-away stabilizer, and I’m also using a Brother Innovis 980D, and in the manual, it said there that I should use a 75/11 needle for embroidery, but then I don’t have any needle except a 100/16, and a 90/14 needle, do you have any alternatives? or should I really buy a 75/11 needle? Thank you! 🙂

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Sarah June 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

Hi, Kate! You definitely have to use a 75/11 needle. Also, you want to use a water soluble stabilizer on top of your tulle while you embroider. We have 75/11 needles here: https://goo.gl/7LVREk
And water soluble stabilizer here: https://goo.gl/mMbytu

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Candyce June 4, 2017 at 1:58 am

Hi Sarah,

I’m using sheep leather and faux fur material to restore a leather jacket. I have a Brother JV1400, which needles are appropriate for both as the faux fur is pretty thick and long, I don’t want to break it going through that and the leather. Thanks!

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Sarah June 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

Hi, Candyce! I recommend these needles in a size 16. However, I’m not sure how well that machine will do sewing those fabrics. You will likely also need a walking foot. If you don’t already have one, this one will fit your machine: https://goo.gl/a65DaO

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Jessie VanBenschoten June 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Hi there, this is super helpful, thank you! I am wondering what needles you would recommend for a Juki DL 8300N. I am looking to sew some pretty heavy canvas as well as light weight stretch/lycra materials and have not yet found a needle that does well with either.

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Sarah June 5, 2017 at 9:15 am

Hi, Jessie! These needles are compatible with your machine: https://goo.gl/FFVDYI
For the heavy canvas, I would recommend a size 16 or 18:
For the lightweight lycra, try a size 10 or 12. I usually recommend a ballpoint needle, but I don’t see any that are compatible with your machine.

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Jessie VanBenschoten June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

Thank you so much!

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Sarah June 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm

My pleasure!

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Stephanie May 23, 2017 at 4:30 am

Hi Sarah
I am trying to applique cotton onto t-shirts and would be grateful if you could advise me on the needle I should be using?
Thanks
ps great site with very useful information

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Sarah May 23, 2017 at 11:19 am

Hi, Stephanie! In this case, you can use either a ball point or a universal needle. If you haven’t already, you also want to use a fusible stabilizer, like this: https://goo.gl/RdGJPK.

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Mehak May 29, 2017 at 5:33 am

Hi Sarah, what Juki needle is used for stitching rexine?

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Sarah May 30, 2017 at 9:07 am

Hi, Mehak! Use a leather needle to sew rexine. What is the model of your Juki machine?

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Andrea Shepherd May 21, 2017 at 5:11 am

Hi Sarah, I have a Brother 3034D overlocker.
I’m having trouble with a mid weight knit. Have been schmetz universal 80/12 with mostly good results but having the odd 1 hole in a garment. Tried ball point 90/14 getting worse/ bigger holes.
Tried using Klasse brand in other sizes ball point wouldn’t even work. 70/80. Would a stretch needle in 75/11 still work for mid weight? Struggling to get find best result
And if sewing 10 or so garmets per week how often would you recommend changing Needles for best results?

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Sarah May 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

Hi, Andrea! I would give these a try in size 75/11: https://goo.gl/mDY0ZI
They’ve worked really well for me when a standard ballpoint wasn’t cutting it. I think the smaller needle size is going to help a lot.
As far as when to change the needle….Schmetz is a fantastic brand, so I would think these needles will last you all week. But really it all depends on how many stitches and seams are sewn to create your garment. A 3 seam raglan top isn’t going to break down your needle as much as a light weight jacket would. I just watch my stitches. When you start to see the slightest hint of inconsistent stitching, it’s time to change your needles.

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Lorraine May 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Hi Sarah, What is the correct sewing machine tension for working with Solarium? I have a Simple Singer. Thanks.

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Sarah May 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

Hi, Lorraine! Are you using all-purpose 40wt polyester thread or heavy duty thread to sew your project?

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Daina May 18, 2017 at 9:38 am

Hi Sarah, I am making a dance costume for my daughters dance class and I am sewing a decorative elastic waistband onto a sheer type fabric with shiny dots all over it. I am using a universal needle but I am having a lot of skipped stitches. Am I using the wrong needle?

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Sarah May 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

Hi, Diana! First – this sounds like a beautiful project! I would switch to a ballpoint needle (https://goo.gl/C407UR) or even a sharp needle (https://goo.gl/DpuuAK) and see if that helps. Good luck!

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Geoff May 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

I have a pfaff eco 45 and I have run out of needles please can you advise what I need for marine canvas the manaual states 15 / 3 and 1.1-1.5 I would like to order 20 of each for all fabrics

For exsample

Canvas leather material and plastic

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Sarah May 15, 2017 at 10:40 am

Hi, Geoff! These are the needles for your Pfaff machine: https://goo.gl/qSgoWR
The size 110/18 would work well for marine canvas.

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Olivia May 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

I have a Janome machine, trying to sew burlap bag w/plastic side pocket what needle size can I use? Thanks Olivia

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Sarah May 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

Hi, Olivia! I recommend a size 100/16 universal needle. We sell Janome brand sewing machine needles in that size here: https://goo.gl/lnnepS

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Katherine Reble May 11, 2017 at 12:09 am

Brother says to only use their twin needles, but they don’t sell a ball point twin needle… I wanted to use the twin to hem knits. What the heck am I supposed to do?

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Sarah May 11, 2017 at 10:22 am

Many sewing machine manufacturers say you can only use their needles…very rarely is that true. What is the model of your brother sewing machine?

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debbie May 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm

what size needle to use on plastic

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Sarah May 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

It depends on the thickness of the plastic. I’m assuming you’re working with an upholstery plastic, which would be best sewn with a 100/16 needle.

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Diane Clayton May 3, 2017 at 7:59 am

Hi,
I have a Brother Sewing and Embroidery SE400. I need to replace a zipper on a music carrying bag. The material is nylon, what would you use? Will the incorrect needle cause the tension to be incorrect? Or have missed stitches?
Thank you so much, learning so much from you,
Diane

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Sarah May 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

Hi, Diane! I would use a 100/16 needle and high-quality polyester thread.

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Humaira Riwan April 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Hi , I’ve got Brother LS14 sewing machine and I broke my needle few months ago but still I can’t find the needle to go with it . Whenever I tried to search there’s so many sizes and shapes that makes me confuse . Can you please help me out . And I use my machine to sew light fabrics like linen, cotton , synthetic sometime jersy too .
Thank you

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Humaira Riwan May 9, 2017 at 7:29 am

Thank you Sarah .But the link is expired I think . And can you please tell me any Uk website link for my require needle. Please please help me out otherwise my machine is useless

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Shelley April 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Sarah, I have inherited a ton of unopened Singer needles. Can I use them with my a Brother RX-65?

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Sarah April 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

Hi! They should work, as long as they’re the Singer 2020 needles.

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Monica Kostak April 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

I would like to make free standing lace and have had problems with thread breakage/shredding what size needle and brand would you recommended or use with Rayon 40 wt thread? I have a Brother Innovis 5000. Thank you

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Sarah April 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Hi, Monica! I’ve had great success with these needles when doing lacework: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/titanium-embroidery-needles-5pk-schmetz.aspx
I recommend a size 75/11

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Perry April 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

I just bought a Supreme which I have been told is a clone of the juki 5550. My question is what is the largest leather needle and thread I can use. Also where I can get a walking foot that will fit.

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Sarah April 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Hi, Perry! I don’t have any information on the Supreme, but the Juki 5550 uses these needles: https://goo.gl/CXCeHj

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Olivia April 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I am sewing tote bags using chicken feed bags. The bags are a plastic type material and I am using cotton or polyester webbing for handles. I need to be able to sew through multiple layers of the bag material as well as the handles. Thanks!

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Sarah April 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

Hi! You need a 100/16 or 110/18 sized universal needle.

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Ellen Donnelly April 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Hi Sarah. I have a few different machines. I have a few twin needles. I want to use my Babylock Melody. What twin needle should I use? The fabric I am using is 100% Polyester. I need to hem this fabric with a twin needle.

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Sarah April 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

Hi, Ellen! These twin needles are all compatible with your Babylock Melody:https://goo.gl/jpAZse
If your fabric is woven, I would go with the universal twin needle. If your fabric is knit, I would use the stretch twin needle. Good luck!

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Erika March 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

I’ve recently begun to sew with knits and want to instead use my serger to save time & have a cleaner look. I have a Husqvarna Viking Huskylock S25 that I’ve not used yet. Which needles (ballpoint, right?) should I be looking for to serge my knits?
Thanks for your time. 🙂

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Sarah April 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

Hi, Erika! You want to use these needles on your machine. They’re a “light ball point” and will work nicely. Enjoy sewing knits – they’re my favorite! https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-schmetz-elx705cf-5pk.aspx

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Sherril March 20, 2017 at 2:34 am

Hi there,
I’m about to start sewing a STRETCH DENIM dress. It’s not very heavy weight and quite soft and flexible, but even while i was cutting, i noticed that it most certainly had noticeable more body to it. I am not sure of i should use a heavyweight ballpoint/jersey needle (if that even exists) or if i should use a denim needle. Any advice? How do i balance between preserving the elastic fibres and using a needle strong enough to go through the thicker denim layers?

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Sarah March 22, 2017 at 9:32 am

Hi, Sherril! That is a tricky one, but I would go with a 90/14 denim needle, since you said it’s a lighter denim blend.

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Sherril March 25, 2017 at 3:58 am

Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much! I ended up using a 90/14 ballpoint needle and things went well. Some areas felt ‘crunchy’ though … lol … and I hope I didn’t damage my fabric fibres. I think I’ll test out the denim needle the next time! Thanks again.

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Deena March 19, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Hi Sarah,
I’m a total newbie looking to make a stroller liner. So 2 layers of cotton fabric and 2 layers of warm and white batting… Can you please tell me what needle to use. I’m so confused by all the different types and would hate to break my new machine. Same for burp cloths. A layer of flannel and a layer of either Minky or chenille. TYIA.

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Sarah March 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

Hi, Denna! I would definitely go with a size 90/14 or even a 100/16 if the 90/14 breaks. For the stroller liner, a universal needle should do just fine. For the burp cloths, you can use either a universal or a ballpoint needle. Good luck!

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Jane Brownell March 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

Hi Sarah.
I have a Dressmaker model SWA – 2000 that I purchased in 1969. My needle broke so I checked my manual. It says to use 15X1 needle only at the to of the page, then goes on to list sizes 11,14 16,18,19 and 20 and the types of fabrics they use. I’ve looked everywhere for 15X1 but don’t find that number. Why does it say to use only 15X1, but then list these other sizes? What do I need for medium to medium heavy fabrics? Thanks so much!

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Sarah March 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

Hi, Jane! 15×1 represents a needle system. 15×1 is the same system as HAx1, 130/705, and Singer 2020 – which can definitely be very confusing. We have all those systems compiled in an easy-to-navigate catalog here: https://goo.gl/4hLiYg
The numbers 11, 14, 16, 18, etc all represent the size of the needlepoint. The larger the number, the larger the needle point.

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Teal March 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Sarah,

Thank goodness for such wizards as yourself! Here is an obscure question.
I have Singer Universal Ballpoint Needles, style 2045. Are they compatible with my Husquvarna 330 machine? (Schmetz Universal needles are recommended.)

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Sarah April 7, 2017 at 8:01 am

Hi, Teal! Yup, those needles should work just fine.

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JoAnne Woodall March 13, 2017 at 9:37 am

Sarah, I am making wash rag slippers. I need to put a non-stick fabric on the bottom to keep from slipping and sliding when wearing these. I though about the stuff you line your cupboards with. I tried to use it on my sewing machine but it gets all bunched up. Any suggestions?Thanks, JoAnne

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Sarah March 13, 2017 at 10:23 am

Hi, Joanne! I actually added the SAME thing to a pair of slippers I made my mom years ago. The trick is to baste it in place first, then sew with a walking foot.

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Ruth March 13, 2017 at 7:24 am

Hi Sarah, do you know if Brother industrial/heavy duty sewing machines can sew sunbrella fabric? I would like to sew some shades for a porch area. If it can what szie needles do you recommend?
I do hope I don”t have to use a lining at the back.

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Sarah March 13, 2017 at 10:16 am

Hi, Ruth! Industrial machines are able to sew Sunbrella fabric. You’d want to use a 110/18 needle and some heavy duty or outdoor industrial thread. Which Brother machines will you be using?

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Ruth March 13, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Hi, It’s th S-7550A-3 model. Thank You for your assistance. Can I also line the sunbrella?

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Sarah March 16, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Hi, Ruth. That’s a nice machine! And you can definitely line the Sunbrella.

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Ruth March 17, 2017 at 10:38 am

Thank You so very much Sarah.

Cathy March 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

I’ve had a Juki MO-634DE serger for 20 years and I’m having troubles all at once as it won’t make a chain stitch. I have threaded and re-threaded and I am thinking now it’s the needles. I had it serviced 1 year ago and all was well. I am now thinking it’s my needles, perhaps they are the not seated right or I inserted the wrong ones. Off to the fabric store to buy more today. But the directions say 130/705H and 75/11 thickness. I understand the 130/705H but am wondering if I have to use a 75/11? Wondering why I can’t use a 90/14 for thicker fabrics. I can’t imagine a 75/11 will hold up for thicker fabrics. But since it’s an older serger maybe I need to use a 75/11? I’ve never given much thought to my needles before, always inserting the two of the same needles when I replace them. But before I haul my machine in for servicing again I figure inserting new needles would be a good step. Thoughts?

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Sarah March 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

Hi, Cathy! Are you serging on a heavier fabric than you normally would?

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Cathy March 10, 2017 at 3:41 pm

No, at the moment I’m going to serge some knits. It’s just hard to find 75/11 in my rural little town. I was able to find Schemtz 75/11 that says 130/705 H S which I am hoping will solve my serger problem. But if I want to sew a woven I would normally use a 90/14, would that fit in my serger? It’s weird that the directions specifically say 75/11.

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Sarah March 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

Hi, Cathy – most sergers say to only use 75/11, but as long as I’ve been sewing, I’ve used whatever size I want in my serger. As long as it is compatible with a regular home sewing machine needle, you can use a 90/14. So, really your machine can use any of these: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/search.html?keywords=130%2F705#filter:needlesystem:HAx1

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Jane Brown March 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm

What size needle should be used in a Singer 99K hand crank machine? Same question regarding bobbins. Thanks! Jane

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Jordan Holm February 8, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Hi dear,
I have recently just started sewing using my singer tradition sewing machine and I am having lots of troubles with my machine pulling my fabric in and thread bunching up…. I am working with natural hemp stretch jersey fabric and am trying to make leggings, I am using organic cotton thread, I know my issue could possibly be two things, my tensions all off and needle could you please tell me what tension I should set my machine at and exact size of needle would work best for this project, it would literally mean the world to me!!! I’ve read my manual hundred of times, researched on the Web and am trying just about everything there is to get it to sew smoothly but it still bunches up and gives me hell, your advice would legit take me to the stars, it would mean everything to me to be able to get one project finally completed thank you so much♡♡♡♡

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Sarah February 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

Hi, Jordan! Your tension should be just fine in the automatic range. Use either your C stitch (stitch width 3 and stitch length 3) or your S1 A stitch (stitch length 3) to create your seams. You definitely need a size 90/14 ballpoint needle – I always use Schmetz: https://goo.gl/AAWaU0 \
If that doesn’t work, be sure to email us at info@sewingpartsonline.com and we can chat more.

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renee chandler February 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm

I bought some needles but they were to long for my machine. How do i know the length of the needle. There is nothing on my machine. I read it was 135×65 . but i cant find those numbets anywhere on your site. Please help !

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Sarah February 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

Hi, Renee! May I have the make and model of your machine so I may research the exact needle part number compatible with your machine?

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V.S. Rajan February 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

We are looking for sewing Fibreglass fabrics used in technical textiles. We have both Chain stitch and Lock stitch pattern sewing on the fabric. Our aim is to lessen the damage to the body glass fabric during sewing giving a good seam strength. The yarn used is 100% PTFE yarn or PTFE coated galss yarns.

Kindly recommend which type of sewing needles to use that will give least damage to the fabric and is also long lasting in the sewing machine?

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Sarah February 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

Hi! That is a difficult question – I would think you would need a size 100/16 needle to start. I haven’t personally ever sewn fiberglass fabric. I would definitely test on some scraps first.

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Sandy February 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Which online shop can I find denim point needles for my industrial sewing machine

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Sarah February 3, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Hi, Sandy! I am happy to find the correct denim needles for your sewing machine. What is the make and model of your machine?

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Stephanie February 8, 2017 at 9:10 am

I am going to recover cushions on a couch. The fabric I will use is med-heavy cotton. Do I need heavy duty thread and if so what size needle would be the best to use? I have a Husqvarna-Viking older machine.

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Sarah February 13, 2017 at 9:12 am

Hi, Stephanie! Yes, I would use either heavy duty thread or upholstery thread. Also, I would use a 100/16 needle to start.

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clare February 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm

I recently acquired an old Domestic Sewing Machine series 153 and I want to purchase needles for it. I want to purchase a variety of sizes for different projects, but am not sure if there is a particular style or brand that would work better with my machine. What do you recommend?

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Sarah February 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

Hi, Clare! Your machine uses Singer 2020 household needles. We have a variety of sizes available here: https://goo.gl/i6R5eo

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mike January 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Hi,what size and part number needles do I need for a pfaff eco 45 sewing machine to sew auto upholstery and leather??thanks for your time

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Erin January 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm

I am sewing 2 layers of fleece and 2 layers of 100% cotton batting using a standard needle and I’m experiencing skipped stitches, do I just need to change needles or do I need a diff. kind of needle & what one? I’m a new sewer, Thanks!

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Sarah January 25, 2017 at 8:44 am

Try going up 1 size.

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Beulah Holley Logan January 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Hi, I would like to make cross body pockets and need a machine that would handle sewing a cross at least 6mm/15/64 thickness of fabric. Should I purchase a Brother SQ9185, which does or a Singer S18, I don’t know if it can handle what I need? Thank You. Holley

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Sarah January 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

Hi! Honestly, I wouldn’t choose either. Singer machines aren’t made as well as anymore. I would go with a semi-industrial machine that’s built well, like this Juki https://goo.gl/SZPbvw

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Jha January 19, 2017 at 12:12 am

What needle should I use for soft felt?

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Sarah January 19, 2017 at 8:52 am

A universal needle should work well.

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Marilena Cirillo January 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

What needle do I use for a throw? I’m going to be making pillows with it and don’t want to run the material or my machine.

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Sarah January 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Hi Marilena! What kind of fabric is your through made of?

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Tonya Shumate January 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Hi,Sarah. I have a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200 QC. I have had problems with it skipping stitches, when I put it under a load like sewing handbags. I just recently got it out of the shop from being serviced. I always start with a new needle and I’ve threaded and re-threaded many times. I’m now beginning to wonder if it could be my needle size?? I’m finding it happens most when I’m trying to sew through four or more layers. The layers being two layers of cotton and two layers of foam generally. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.

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Sarah January 2, 2017 at 10:06 am

Hi, Tonya! If it only happens when sewing 4 or more layers, then it’s most likely your needle size. Try to go up 1 size.

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Eva Cadwallader December 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

I have a White sewing machine from about 1940. The user manual was printed in Canada in 1938.
What needles should I buy that are available at Walmart?
I sew mostly synthetic fabrics, mostly knits, mostly fairly heavy, I also sew across many layers sometimes.
What about sewing on denim?
I have been having a lot of trouble with the thread breaking. Could this be because of the needle being only generic, actually made for Singer?
Is there a general problem buying Singer needles?
Can I buy needles made for my White?
Thank you so much. Eva

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Sarah December 27, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Hi, Eva! I can answer all of your questions, but first I need to know which White sewing machine you have. Do you know the model number?

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Ali December 31, 2016 at 1:57 am

Hello I have the brother jx2517
I change the stitches from straight to zigzag then the needle broke so I replaced it.
Now I can’t go back to straight stitches I have 17 stitches on my machine. Do you know what am doing wrong?

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Sarah January 2, 2017 at 10:04 am

Hi, Ali! Is your stitch dial set to number 6?

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Pamela December 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

What needle size would I use on a blanket scarf? I am wanting to hem the edge to prevent fraying.

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Sarah December 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

For a light-weight blanket scarf, I recommend an 80/12.

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Gwendetta December 23, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Hi Sarah,
I have two questions: 1) What does each number mean on machine needles.
2) What size needle and what type thread is used on burlap fabri?

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Sarah December 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Hi, Gwendetta! The needle numbers represent two sizes. The First number is the European numbering system and the second number is the American numbering system. So, if you have a needle sized 90/14, the ’90’ is the European system and the ’14’ is the American system. To sew burlap, I recommend a 90/14 or 100/16 Universal Needle. A 100/16 is best is you have multiple layers.

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pushkar wagh December 17, 2016 at 3:38 am

which needle to be used for terry towel sewing on juki machine.

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Sarah December 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

Hi! I recommend using a size 100/16. What is the make and model of your Juki?

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Annette December 12, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Thank you so much for this very informative and easy to understand post. I have been trying to find the difference between needles and this information has really helped. Annette

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Regina December 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Sarah My eyes are not good enough to thread a needle I have a brother sewing machine can I purchase needles that are easy to thread if so whwere and what brand ty God Bless you

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Sarah December 12, 2016 at 10:41 am

Hi Regina! Yes, we have Quick Threading needles specially designed for those whom have trouble threading standard needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/self-threading-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
We also sell a great Needle Threader with a built-in light and finger grips. I really recommend both: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/led-needle-threader-d202.aspx
I hope those help!

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Sasha Sharron December 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm

Hello! I’m using a Singer sew mate 5400 and need to sew an elastic waistband for a tutu, it’s a 3/4 inch non roll elastic piece overlapped about an inch. What kind of needle would I need?

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Sarah December 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

Hi! Try a Ball Point Needle in size 90/14, like these https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ball-point-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Margaret G. November 29, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Hi! I am making quillows, using fleece and batting. I am sewing on a Brother Disney machine, using a walking foot. All was going well, until trying to attach the pocket, because I have so many thick layers to get through (6 to be exact!). My needle has bent multiple times. Any suggestions on needle size?

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Sarah November 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

Hi! You’re definitely going to need a 100/16 needle. You can also use a rubber mallet to gently hammer the layers. Hammering the seam flattens the fibers and makes it easier to sew. Make sure to share a picture on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Good luck!

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Margaret G. December 6, 2016 at 7:05 am

Thank you for your help!

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Sarah November 26, 2016 at 5:24 am

Hello there
I have a few questions please. I am a beginner sewer and in the past my kneedles have snapped and had missed stitches and snagged stitches. Had no idea there wrre different types of needles. I am going to be making some cloth pads out of hemp fleece bamboo fleece and flanellette, and then also some baby clothes out of cotton knits and cotton spandex blend (90 cotton 10 spandex) what would the best needle types and sizes be please?

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Sarah December 2, 2016 at 6:57 pm

Hi! The cloth pads should be sewn with a quality 90/14 or 100/16 universal needle, like these https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
The baby clothes need to be sewn with a Ball Point 80/12 needle, like these https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/ball-point-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
Both should be sewn with high quality polyester thread. The baby clothes should be constructed using a zig-zag stitch or a tricot stitch. Good luck!

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kodi November 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

I have a reliable brand industrial serger. My repair lady gave me the wrong needles. I have no idea what needles to use. Do you? I believe they are shorter shank.

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Sarah November 26, 2016 at 10:43 am

Hi! Do you know the model number of your serger?

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Liz November 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Hi, I am sewing shopping bags and dopp kits from plastic dog, cat and horse feed bags. The feed bags are of a woven plastic material. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of grip on the plastic material and it slides around and the thread breaks and pulls the needle out of whack and it breaks!! Do you have a recommendation for a needle size and pressure or tension or whatever I need to do to be able to sew without the stitching all wiggly waggly!!?? Thanks!

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Sarah November 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Hi! You’ll definitely want a walking foot and a 100/16 universal needle. I recommend increasing your stitch length, reducing your tension, and decreasing you pressure. What’s the make and model of your machine?

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Liz December 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm

I have a White “Jeans Machine” I tried the walking foot and it seems to help, now just need to get the tension and pressure adjusted. Thanks for your help.

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Elsie November 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Hello!

I have a JUKI 2412 model my needle broke for the first time. I’ve been using the ones that came with my purchase but now I don’t know which to use. I do baby clothes and work with thin fabrics sometimes thicker but not too often. What needle should I use?

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Sarah November 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Hi Elsie, I would try these needles. They are compatible with the 2400 series. https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-b27-dcx27-10pk.aspx

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Sadie Wiseman November 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

What size needle do I need to use on a Janome 7330 machine to overcast burlap to keep it from ravaling?

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Sarah November 13, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Try a 100/16. Good luck!

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Dianne November 15, 2016 at 8:29 am

What’s the best needle for waterproof fabric?

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Sarah November 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

You’ll most likely have the best luck with a leather needle. https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/leather-sewing-machine-needles.aspx

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Cyndi November 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

Hi Sarah
I am making pajama pants and robes out of Flannel. I have a basic Singer showing machine, and a new pack of universal size 90/14 needles . Will they work?

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Sarah November 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Hi Cyndi! A 90/14 will do just fine, but you’ll have to change it more often than you normally would because flannel wears down needles quickly. I would switch to a 100/16 when you have to sew over the bulkier seams, especially with the robe. Also, preshrink and starch your fabric before you start cutting. Good luck!

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Cyndi Travers October 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Hi, I’m making some burping cloths out of flannel fabric and some thin batting.. I want to serge the edges and then crochet around them to finish them. My question is, is there a serger needle that will make a hole large enough to do that? I have seen them on purchased items, so I know it can be done. Any ideas Which size needle I will need to get the results that I need? Thank you in advance for your time 🙂

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Ellen October 28, 2016 at 10:07 am

Hi Cyndi

We don’t have a serger needle that will make that hole but what we do have is much better!! Here are links to a couple rotary cutter blades that make perfectly spaced perforations, specifically for crocheting edges. Both are 45MM blades.

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/skip-cut-rotary-blade-45mm-june-tailor.aspx

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/edge-perfect-blade-45mm.aspx

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Vic October 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

I am making fleece balls using an orange peel template and having trouble getting my machine to sew through the thickness of intersecting seams. Any suggestions on a needle type, etc.? Thanks

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Jeremy K. October 25, 2016 at 9:40 am

Hi Vic! Increase your needle size – sounds like a 100/16 might do the trick. Also, sewing slowly and using a jean-a-ma-jig is super helpful. If you don’t have a jean-a-ma-jig, gently hammer down the seam. Hammering carefully on the seam makes it flatter and easier to sew.

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Shelina October 21, 2016 at 7:49 am

Hello! I am skipping stitches while sewing applique onesies with heatbond. Looking for the right needle and thread? Thank you so much! 🙂

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Sarah October 21, 2016 at 9:03 am

Hi Shelina! What kind of sewing needle and thread are you using?

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Shelina October 24, 2016 at 9:38 am

I am using all purpose thread and have tried 90/14 universal and 90/14 ballpoint needles.

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Jeremy K. October 25, 2016 at 9:35 am

Hi Shelina! Sounds like you need a very light stabilizer to help secure those stitches. It sounds counterintuitive, but a very light stabilizer should fix the problem. Let me know what happens!

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Valerie October 24, 2016 at 7:32 pm

I won’t to make a jean purse I’m not sure of needle size ,your post says 100/16 my book that came with the machine says 18 medium to heavy would this be close or totally different.

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Jeremy K. October 25, 2016 at 9:38 am

Hi Valerie! It all depends on how thick your denim is. If you’re using heavy, thick denim, go with the size 18 needle. But generally, a 100/16 Jean or Leather needle will be able to handle most medium weight denim, especially if you’re using all purpose thread.

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Linda October 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm

What needle would you use to sew satin blanket binding onto a handwoven bamboo (5/2 weight) blanket. Thank you for your help!

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Malaina October 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Hello Linda,
I would suggest either a universal needle or a ballpoint needle since you’re using lightweight fabric.

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Marcus October 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm

I have a Domestic model 725-4294. What are the appropriate modern needles to use with this machine?

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Ellen October 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

Hi Marcus

We don’t have any information on what needles the Domestic 725-4294 takes. I would suggest checking in your instruction manaul if you have one to see what the needle system is. The HAx1 needles fit a lot if home sewing machines. If you can’t find a needle suggestion in your manual you may want to try that one. https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Ramona September 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm

We recently purchased a boat and as an experienced sewer I would like to attempt canvas repair work, vinyl/leather upholstery repairs and carpet banding on thin carpet material. I have a Janome Harmony 2049 machine and wonder if those projects are possible on that machine and if so what type of needle and tread would you recommend. Thanks.

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Sarah October 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

Hi Ramona! Congrats on your boat purchase! You’re sewing skill will definitely come in handy. However, I don’t think the Janome 2049 will be able to handle that kind of sewing for very long, as it would constantly jam and potentially burn out the motor. You’d be better off investing in a heavy duty machine with a large sewing bed, like the Juki TL-2010Q (https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/juki-tl-2010q-sewing-machine.aspx) or the Brother PQ1500s (https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/brother-pq1500s-sewing-machine.aspx)

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Steph October 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Try a Chinese Leather Patcher for something like that! It’s portable! Cost is usually under $300.

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Anna September 28, 2016 at 2:07 pm

I want to sew leather and cotton together, is it best to use an all purpose needle? or leather? I don’t want to ruin the fabric with the leather needle! Thanks!

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Ellen September 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Hi Anna

I would use the leather needle. It won’t hurt your cotton fabric. The difference in the two needles is the point. On a universal needle, the point is slightly rounded, where a leather needle point is wedge shaped.

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Marie September 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

Is a woven fabric needle or a knit fabric needle for stretchy fabric

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Ellen September 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

Hi Marie

For stretchy fabrics, I would use either a Stretch Needle or a Ball Point.

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Maggie September 28, 2016 at 2:52 am

Sarah,

What needle type and weight would you recommend for a newbie machine sewing indoor outdoor fabric for pillows. Sunbrella type fabric?

Thank you!

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Ellen September 28, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Hi Maggie

A Denim needle in size 18 or 19 should work well for you.

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Marcy September 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Is it okay to use a top stitch needle instead of a universal heavy duty needle? What is the difference? Thank you.

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Ellen September 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

It will depend on the type of sewing you’re doing and the material you’re sewing on. A top stitch needle is for decorative stitching a heavy duty needle is used on thick fabric.

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Cindie Oliver September 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

What size needle do I need to sew two thickness of felt? I’m making a poodle skirt. I have a brother sewing machine . Please help!!!!! Pls respond to me email. Thank you.

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Malaina September 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Hello Cindie,

For this project I would recommend either a 14 or 16 size needle.

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Jane September 14, 2016 at 6:47 am

What type of needle and size would you recommend for sewing recycled sails? I looked online and the answers are confusing – would a Denim needle be best?
Thanks much.

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Malaina September 14, 2016 at 9:03 am

Hello Jane,
Since the material of the sails is canvas and fairly thick I would recommend a denim needle either size 14 or 16.

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Heather September 9, 2016 at 12:16 am

Having the hardest time with a very lightweight jersey knit. Fabric is getting pushed down into the needle plate! Tried both ballpoint and universal needles..any suggestions? Machine is a Babylock Aria.

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Ellen September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am

Hello Heather

Have you tried using a walking foot? Also, there’s a trick you could try.. put tissue paper beneath your fabric and it will act as a stabilizer.

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Betty September 7, 2016 at 9:01 pm

What needle do I use to sew 60 % polyester 35% nylon and 5% spandex fabric? I will be sewing threw 3 thicknesses with a straight stitch. Also what type of thread do I use on this type of fabric?

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Ellen September 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

Hi Betty

I would use either a ballpoint needle or a Stretch needle in a size 10. As for thread, here is a link to a selection of Polyester Threads: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sewing-and-serger-thread.aspx#/?Category3=Hidden+Thread&search_return=all&Threadmaterial=Polyester

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David September 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

I recently bought 12oz cotton duck canvas pants. Unfortunately they came un hemmed. I am wondering what size needle to use. I was split between the 100/16 or the 110/18. Is there any benefit to using the smaller or larger needle. Will the larger needle last longer? Also what kind of thread and stitch would you recommend to hem these pants? Lastly the machine I will be using is a singer confidence quilter will that be sufficient?

Thank you for your time and information.

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Ellen September 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

Hi David

I would use a Denim needle, either size mentioned should work as they’re both for medium to heavy weight fabric. A standard all-purpose thread will work just fine and the stitch you use depends on whether you want the hem decorative or not. A straight stitch will do just fine or a zigzag stitch or an overedge stitch. You can even use a double needle to make two parallel straight stitches. You’re Confidence should have no problem hemming, just remove the accessory tray and take advantage of the free arm.

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Jorge August 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

Hi! I own Singer 191D200A. Can I sew boat canvas with it? If so, Which needle should be use? Which thread?

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Ellen August 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Hi Jorge

You should be fine to sew canvas on you Singer 191D200A. I would suggest using Denim needles, size 18 or 19.

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YaYa August 12, 2016 at 8:47 am

Hey, I have a brother jx2517, what needle do I need to use?

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Ellen August 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

The Brother JX2517 uses the 130/705H needle system. Here is a link to your needles, there are various sizes available as well as a chart on what size needle to use on what fabric type: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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lisa mccabe August 8, 2016 at 5:00 am

Hi Sarah I really need help 🙁 I have a winsew cover stitch machine 858 what needles would I use?

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Ellen August 8, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Hello Lisa

I would suggest the 15×1 universal serger needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/serger-needles-organ-type-15x1sp-10pk.aspx

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Michelle July 15, 2016 at 12:55 am

hi there! I have some heavy-duty polyester/cotton military-grade ripstop pants that I need to hem. What needle would you recommend to go through several layers of this material? Thanks!

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Ellen July 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

Hello Michelle

I would suggest Denim needles: “Denim – Denim Needles have a sharp point and strong shaft. These needles can stitch through many layers without breaking. Use on heavy, tightly woven fabric, like denim, canvas, and duck.” Also I would choose a size 16 or 18.

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Nicole wmson July 27, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Hello, I am cutting up old hockey bags and making things out of it. I have a baby lock what size needles would you recommend and what kind of thread?

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Ellen July 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

Hello Nicole

The size of the needle will depend on how thick the fabric will be (how many layers). If it’s going to be very thick I would suggest a size 16 or 18. If you projects are going to be used often and will receive a lot of wear I would use a heavy duty thread like these: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/lookup.html?keywords=heavy+duty+thread —- If you project is more for decor and won’t get worn out, a regular all purpose thread is fine.

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Hailey July 24, 2016 at 11:49 am

Question, sewing through five layers of fabric. Four of those are bias tape and the 5th is cotton. Just wondering what type of needle would be best? I’m a beginner, thanks!!

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Ellen July 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

Hello Hailey

Your universal needle should do just find on the project you’ve described. I would recommend a size 14 or 16 needle.

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SUSAN MICHAELS July 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Hello,
I am using a Montgomery Ward Signature sewing machine and I need new needles.
It’s model URR 277D. I read that Singer made these machines for Ward.
My manual says use 1/17/32 length needles.
Nowhere on needle packages that I can see when I shop at Joanne’s, etc. say this length.
What type of needle can I buy now to fit my machine? Do they still make them?
Thanks,
Susan

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Ellen July 18, 2016 at 8:56 am

Hello Susan

There doesn’t seem to be any information on this needle system, that I can find. And they do not make them anymore.

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Connie July 11, 2016 at 7:32 am

What size need would I use to see tote bags from feed sacks? Thank you.

Connie

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Ellen July 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

Hello Connie

I would recommend a strong needle, size 16 – 18.

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Mary July 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Hi Sarah-
I am making a project that calls for Pellon Peltex 70 extra stiff stabilizer which I will be sewing into the project. I can’t find info anywhere that tells me what size needle to use. The fabric part of the project is just regular quilting cotton.
Thanks for your help.

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Sarah July 19, 2016 at 8:30 am

Hi Mary! This is a tricky one, you want to try the smallest needle possible – try a 90/14 and sew at a medium speed. You will have to change it more frequently. If it breaks, then increase your needle size

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Mary July 7, 2016 at 4:41 am

Any tips for sewing vinyl on a Juki 8700?

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Ellen July 7, 2016 at 8:41 am

Hello Mary

I would suggest using a leather needle and a teflon foot if you’re going to be sewing vinyl.

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Debra G. July 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm

I’m sewing a light weight polyester knit around the quilted and woven fabric of a mattress protector. what needle should I use?

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Ellen July 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

Hello Debra

I would suggest using a ball point needle if you’re going to be sewing knit.

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Alain METTRAY July 1, 2016 at 5:08 am

Hello,
I am looking for needles to suit a “Handy Stitch” sewing machine. There are shorter than “standard needles”. Could somebody give me the exact reference of what I should look for? Thanking you,
Regards
Alain (Australia)

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Ellen July 5, 2016 at 8:56 am

Hello Alain

We do not currently sell needles for the Handy Stitch, however we can have them added to the site. They would be $1 per needle. Please let me know if you would like us to have them added for you and we can send you a link to purchase them.

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Mariamne June 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

Hey there Sarah!
I’m a historical reenactor who is getting into making her own garb. I’m making a full length skirt out of THICK wool melton fabric-its going to be a heavy skirt. I know your guide says to use 100/16 needles but I’m wondering if it might be wise to go up to the 110/18 since the fabric is very heavy and bulky. Would this be a wise choice or should I stick with the 100/16 needles?
Thank you!

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Sarah June 24, 2016 at 7:22 am

I would test it out on some scraps first, it’s always best to go with the smallest needle size you can get away with.

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Bethany June 21, 2016 at 2:58 am

I am in the process of making a saddle blanket. I could only fine the pattern I wanted in spandex material, but I need to sew it to another stronger kind of fabric. Can I use 100% cotton material to attach the spandex to? What kind of needle should I use to sew them together? What kind of stitch should I use? And finally, what kind of thread should I use? Should I sew them togethet along all sides leaving a hole to turn it inside out and then sew all the way around, like a fleece blanket? Thanks in advance!

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Ellen June 23, 2016 at 11:41 am

I wouldn’t suggest sewing spandex to cotton. They are going to wear/shrink differently. If you’re planning to sew stretchy fabrics, definitely use a stretch/Ball Point needle. A straight stitch is fine and I would use heavy duty thread. Sewing the blanket together the way you’ve described would probably be the easiest way.

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Jennifer June 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

Hi, my husband is a serious do-it-yourselfer. He is very talented and has recently took on remodeling our pontoon boat. He stripped it down to nothing but pontoons and the motor! He has successfully put it back together with new carpet, Bimini top, siding (fencing,) lights and seats. It looks amazing, except there are two sundeck panels on the back. We can not buy those and will need to recover them. He has ordered the vinyl. I have research and decided that we will use the V-46 thread. I have a simple, Brother 27-Stitch Sewing Machine, LX2763. I know I will have to sew really slow but was wondering what needle I should use and if you have any other advice. I’m not exactly a sewing genius, but I can make simple things. I really want to do a good job on these pieces since he’s such a handy fella! 🙂 I feel like this might be the ONE area I can actually help with! Thanks for the advice!

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Ellen June 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

Hello Jennifer

If you’re sewing on vinyl you should use leather needles. They have an extra sharp tip and are very strong. Here is a link: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/leather-needles-groz-beckert-705h.aspx

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Brandy June 9, 2016 at 7:53 am

Hello, I recently purchased a Juki DDL 8700, until now I’ve only ever used my trusty Janome. I’m using the Juki to make purses/wallets. I use cotton and vinyl, faux leather. I started to shop online for needles(I confess I’m not sure if I can just go to Joann’s and get a needle for the Juki like I usually do for my Janome – it’s a whole new ball game for me) and I commonly see Organ needles come up and the sizes just say 20, 21, etc. Not the usual 90/14, etc that I’m used to seeing. I clearly need help. haha What needle sizes should I get for what I’m trying to do and how do I translate that to these Organ needles or can I just go to Joann’s and get needles for it? Sorry for all the questions I just don’t know anyone else close to me that has an industrial machine I can go and get help from. Thank you!

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Ellen June 9, 2016 at 8:42 am

Hello Brandy!

The industrial Juki is going to take a different needle system than your domestic Janome. The DDL-8700 uses a 16×257 needle system which you can purchase in many sizes, including the 90/14. Your domestic Janome most likely takes the HAx1 universal needles.

Here is a link to the needles for you industrial machine:
https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx

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Olivia May 30, 2016 at 10:54 am

My only needle recently broke and because of my location and resources, I am only able to get a jean needle. Will that be ok for sewing lighter weight fabrics such as cotton?

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Ellen May 31, 2016 at 8:39 am

Hi Olivia

You should be ok to use your jeans needle on cotton. Jeans needles have an extra sharp point which is helpful for thick fabrics but it shouldn’t hurt your cottons especially if it’s a smaller size needle. Here is a link to our sites needle page: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sewing-machine-needles.aspx

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Erika May 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Hi Sarah,
Thank you for answering so many questions, your help is very appreciated, especially by this beginner! I read a few of the responses about needles for outdoor fabrics, and wanted to confirm that 90/14, 100/16 would be best for outdoor canvas. I’m using Solarium outdoor canvas that I bought at JoAnn Fabric to make a garden flag for my baby’s gravesite. I’m going to sew a panel of thin woven cotton fabric over it, so I’m wondering whether the 100/16 would leave holes in the thinner fabric. I’d appreciate your recommendation on this. Many thanks!

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Sarah May 17, 2016 at 8:54 am

Hi Erika – First, I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like a beautiful project for your loved one.

I would start with the 90/14 and if your needle breaks (it likely won’t ), then go up to a 100/16. Most likely, 90/14 will do the job without leaving huge holes in the lighter fabric.

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Debra Ann May 29, 2016 at 8:30 am

I have a Singer Sewing machine Model 2250. I am hemming a skirt for my friend’s mother, the material is 100% polyester. Would the correct needle to use is orange 80/11? I used the blue 90/14 and the stitches were bunched. I just need to know what color would be best.

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Ellen May 31, 2016 at 8:33 am

Hi Debra

Either needle should be just fine. Sounds like you may need to lower your tension if your stitches are bunching up.

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Josh May 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I am looking to sew a classic blue tarp. What needle would be best to use for this?

Thanks

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Sarah May 13, 2016 at 6:43 am

Hi Joah! I would use a Leather or Denim needle – it’s strong enough to puncture the fabric without quickly dulling.

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Rose May 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Hi Sara. I am also making a potholder. It has a layer of insulbrite, a layer of batting and 6 layers of fabric. I have a Janome machine and am using my walking foot. Broker a 90/14 needle. Any suggestions?

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Sarah May 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

Hi Rose! That is a ton of layers to sew through – I would go with a 100/16 universal needle. You may also find it helpful to use a rubber mallet along the seam line before you sew. I find it’s a little easier to sew if I’ve flattened out the seam line with a few whacks of the rubber mallet. I hope that helps!

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Lesley May 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Hi,I have a baby lock tiaraII I am using a Groz-Beckert NM 110/16 needle and it leaves a large hole in the fabric can you recommend a needle for the Tiara.
A

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Ellen May 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

The size needle you use will depend on the type of fabric you’re sewing on. Size 110/16 is for heavy-weight, woven fabrics. If your needle is leaving large holes in your fabric, I would suggest using a smaller size such as 80/12 or 90/14 which are general purpose needles, used on light – medium weight fabrics.

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Embroidery Blog May 2, 2016 at 9:41 am

Great blog! I get more information from you. Many thanks for sharing with us!

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Ana April 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm

Hi, thanks for this article. I am making outdoor pillows using duck fabric. For some reason the regular needles wasn’t going all the way through the fabric. I switched to the Jean needle and it worked like a charm. Thanks again.

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Tanya Siejhi April 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Hi! I am breaking down tennis balls and sewing them back together to make a larger recycled ball. Can I use a sewing machine to sew the tennis balls back together? If so what needle should I be using? Thanks!

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Sarah April 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Hi! First off, that sounds like a really cool project. However, I don’t think a regular home sewing machine will be able to handle that project. Do you have an industrial machine?

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Julia April 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

I am a leather purse designer and I have an industrial walking foot sewing machine, it’s a Juki Manufactured Econosew with a servomotor and table.

When I purchased the machine people told me I needed needle size 22/160 and nylon thread size 138. However, I’m finding out that that’s the size for sewing really heavy leather (think sewing two 10 ounce leather pieces together – like thick belt leathers) but what I primarily sew is closer to upholstery weight leather – lightweight and not more than 3.5 ounce max. That said, I have spent hours trying to get the tension right to no avail and I’m thinking it’s because I was told to get the wrong needle/thread size.

Do you have a suggestion for the correct needle/thread size for me to try?

Thanks!

Julia

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Sarah April 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Hi Julie! I think you are on the right track – the needle and thread sound waaaaay too big/heavy. I’d like to take a good look at your manual. Do you know the model number of your Econosew?

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Christina April 7, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Hi. I’ve recently aquired an ancient overlocker/serger. The make is Daichi. I need new needles and the old broken one is different from most sewing-machine needles I’ve ever known. It seems to be shorter than the average standard sewing-machine needle AND has a shaft which doesn’t have a flat side to it. Please can you let me know where I can buy the correctly shaped needles which are needed for this machine? Thanking you in advance for your help. Christina.

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Sarah April 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on that machine. However, we have Organ needles that are round (no flat back) that you can try. I can’t guarantee they will work, but I would definitely buy a pack to see if they fit.

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needle-singer-10pk-88×1-16.aspx

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Glenn d April 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

What size needle would you use to hem a pair of rain pants that are 100% nylon

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Chris March 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Hi! i have a Bernina 820. i have done several t shirt quilts with no problem. However I am getting ready to quilt a baseball t shirt quilt and a little concerned as I have several blocks with vinyl like numbers. I worked on a sample with a smetz jeans needle and it seems to be the most successful. i think I need to work slowly and not try to do to much quilting when I get to the vinyl numbers. It is ok but you do see the holes in the vinyl. I can live with that. Do you have any other suggestions or tips? i tried researching this online and wasn’t finding much help. Thanks!

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Sarah G. March 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

Hi Chris! Unfortunately, holes in vinyl are very easy to see and are permanent. I think you are on the right track – sew slowly and use the smallest needle you can get away with while quilting on top of the vinyl. You definitely want a long stitch length and you want the quilting design to be large – small, detailed quilting on vinyl will cause a perforating effect and cracking.

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Penny Tassoni March 13, 2016 at 5:24 am

I am re-positioning a zipper in my daughter’s wedding gown. The needle will need to go through satin, lace and then the zipper. At the top of the gown, there will be an additional thickness where the fabric is folded back on itself. I have basted everything in paste and am ready to go, but don’t want to get it wrong! I would very much appreciate your idea for which needle I should use. Thank you again. Your website is very helpful

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Sarah G. March 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

You want to go with the smallest needle possible. Try a Sharp?Microtex needle in size 80/12 and sew VERY slowly. I know that seems small for so many layer – and it is, but if you sew slowly and carefully, it should go through all layers without creating a large hole.

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Doe March 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Hi
I just happened across this article about needles. I am sewing some bowl cozies to use in the microwave, and having trouble with the thickness especially where the darts are while doing the topstitching. I am sewing a layer of quilting fabric to a layer of wrap and zap cotton batting then sewing two of those together. What would recommend for needles for both of those scenarios?

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Sarah G. March 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

Hi! If your size 90/14 needle is breaking, then I’d just up it to a 100/16. A Universal needle should do just fine. Good luck!

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James Alexander March 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Hi I am preparing to sew through 4 mm and 6mm neoprene. Can you please tell me what type of needle to use and what machine best suits this for me. I appreciate anything you can refer me to. Thank you for your many years of expertise. It looks like you help a lot of people. Thats Great!! Thanks again!!
James Alexander

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Sarah G. March 21, 2016 at 9:25 am

Hi James! Oooo, this is a tricky one! I’ve never sewn with neoprene, but from what I understand about it, I would go with a leather needle, a walking foot, and a machine with both a presser foot pressure dial and 7 segment feed dogs. What are you making??

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Laura March 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

Hi Sarah – fantastic site! I make rag quilts with three layers of flannel on my Janome HD3000. I’ve been using a Schmetz universal 90/14 needle. When I sew over the intersections, which contain multiple layers of flannel, it comes off the “mountain” with one long stitch, and then resumes to normal stitches. (I don’t fold apart the intersections – I make one large fold) I just made my first tee shirt rag quilt (tee shirt with two layers of flannel) and the same thing has been happening. Ugh! Do I need a different needle?

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Sarah G. March 21, 2016 at 9:31 am

Hi! Nope, you don’t need a new needle, you need a jean-a-ma-jig. It’ll get rid of that long stitch when going over a thick seam. Here’s a link:
https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/jean-a-ma-jig.aspx
Good luck!!

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Beverly Latine March 3, 2016 at 5:21 am

What size needle do I need to use to sew lace onto burlap? Thanks!

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Sarah G. March 4, 2016 at 9:36 am

Now that is a tricky one! I would try the smallest you can get away with, just because the lace is so fragile. If the burlap isn’t terribly thick, go for a 80/12 and just sew slowly. If the needle breaks, you may have to increase to a 90/14. Good luck!

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Kay Goodrow February 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm

What size needle to use on a singer embroidery machine using glitter vinyl

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Sarah G. March 4, 2016 at 9:37 am

I would start with a 90/14 and go from there. If the hole are too obvious, try a smaller needle. Also, you’ll have to change the needle frequently. Good luck!

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Meghan February 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Wow this blog seems to be my savior! I have an old white rotary sewing machine. Model number E-6354. And I can’t seem to find any sites with information on which needles are recomended for what tention. Or stitch size for fabric. It’s my great grandmothers and its the only machine I know how to use….. But she didn’t get the chance to explain the diffences in needles etc….. Any sites you know of that could be helpful?

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Ellen April 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Hello Meghan. There should be a metal plate on the bottom front of the machine with a number like this “659-5349” If you could tell me those digits I may be able to find some information for you.

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Jean February 17, 2016 at 8:25 am

What needle and thread should I use to join elastic together. The thread loopes underneath and my needles keep breaking. I have a Bernia 1080 sewing machine.

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Ellen C April 6, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Hello Jean. These stretch needles are perfect for sewing on stretchy materials: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-needles-groz-beckert-705h.aspx

You should be able to use regular thread. I would suggest that as you sew your elastic you stretch it consistently, not too hard though.

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Janice Sell February 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

I am making a canvas apron using a Pfaff 230 machine. I have a 110 needle. Will dual purpose thread work? Also, how should my tension be set. This is the first time I have used this inherited machine. I really have enjoyed your blog.

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Ellen C April 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Hello Janice. Dual Purpose thread is strong and should do just fine. If you’re wanting something a little stronger though there is Dual Duty Extra Strength Thread: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/coats-and-clark-dual-duty-xp-heavy-thread-125yds.aspx?color=black

Tension adjustments can be tricky because they change depending on your machine and project. I would suggest using a scrap piece of your canvas material and play with the tension until the stitches look correct.

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Tori Gregory February 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Hi Sarah

This is the best needle guideline I have found! I appreciate that you include info about size AND type of needle, and you don’t limit your information to a particular brand.

I just bought a Janome Magnolia 7360, my first computerized machine, and my first machine that I got to research and pick out myself! I bought Janome size 11 needles, for piecing and some blue tip Janomes for experimenting with top stitching and decorative stitching since this model has some decorative stitches. I also plan to do some thread painting or other bobbin work with this machine.
I am pleased with the quality of the Janome needles I bought for piecing (Janome size 11) but wondering if I chose correctly for the decorative stitches and bobbin work. Will I get best results if I switch needles, and is blue tip the right choice?

Also, my machine came with some free sewing machine needles but I’m not familiar with the brand: Organ. They are size 90/14. Can you tell me about this Brand -is it good? Wouldn’t 14s be a little large for piecing on high quality cottons?

I am thinking about purchasing an inexpensive brother machine, such as the HB1850, just for the d corative stitches. Something around or under $200 with 100+Built in stitches. What needles would be best to use on a brother machine? I believe the new Brothers can use Janome bobbins- could the inexpensive machine I describe also use Janome needles ? And once again what needles would be best for decorative stitching?

Thanks so much! Tori

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Ellen C April 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Hello Tori! The Blue Tip needles are for embroidery as well as general sewing. If you’re wanting to do decorative top stitching you may want to try these Janome Top Stitch Needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/top-stitch-needle-15×1-5pk-janome-9905.aspx

Organ is a great brand, we actually sell Organ needles. Size 14 needles are a general purpose size, great for medium-weight knits and synthetics. You should be fine using them on your high quality cotton.

Bobbins and needles are specific to sewing machines. I would suggest using the needles and bobbins recommended by the manufacturer in the manual for the machine. Using bobbins and needles in the wrong machine could damage the machine.

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John February 4, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Hi, I have a juki Tl98q. I am planning on sewing neoprene. What type of needle should I use? Thanks.

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Ellen C April 6, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Hi John! Here is a link to the Stretch Needles you would need for your Juki TL98Q for sewing on neoprene. https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-needles-groz-beckert-705h.aspx

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Ruthie January 20, 2016 at 10:30 am

Dear Sarah,
I would like to purchase a sewing machine, reasonable priced, for small projects on delicate fabrics like Lycra, silk, elastic cotton, polyester, etc but I’m not sure which Brand or model should I consider buying…Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you!

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Sarah January 22, 2016 at 7:48 am

Hi! I’d go with a Janome – they’re affordable and reliable. The Magnolia is really nice: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/janome-magnolia-7318.aspx
If that’s a little too expensive, try the Janome Jem Gold: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/janome-jem-gold-660-sewing-machine.aspx
I feel the Janome machines can handle a wide variety of fabric without causing tension or bobbin issues. Good Luck!

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Iris January 6, 2016 at 12:54 pm

I am making bibs with flannel on one side and terry cloth on the other. My machine keeps skipping stitches. Any idea on how I can fix this? I am currently using a 90/14.

Thank you!
Iris

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Sarah January 22, 2016 at 7:53 am

Hi Iris! So sorry your having trouble with skipped stitches. Have you replaced the needle? The combination of terry cloth and flannel can really wear down the needle. Also, check your bobbin and bobbin case for any burs or scratches. And imperfections to your bobbin or bobbin case can cause skipped stitches.

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Shelly January 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Using a Necchi (school grade) machine. Do a lot of fleece, but this time making a reversible fleece/denim vest. Should I use a ballpoint or universal needle? Size? Denim is light weight and then will finish with metallic thread for top-stitch decoration. Again; what needle/what size? thanks

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Sarah January 22, 2016 at 7:55 am

Hi Shelly! I would start with a 90/14 universal needle for the construction, since the denim is lightweight. Go for either a Metallic Needle or Top Stitching Needle with sewing with metallic thread. A Thread Net also helps. Good luck; sounds like an awesome project!

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Jessie December 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

I have an industrial Juki machine and I’m looking to sew on thick canvas and not break so many needles what size is best for this?

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Sarah January 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

For thick canvas, I like to use a 110/18 needle. Good luck!

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Meg December 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Hi! I just bought a Singer heavy duty 4423 for sewing braided rugs made out of cotton sheets….which needle and thread would be the best choice for this type of project to ensure longevity of use?
Thanks!
Meg

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Sarah January 22, 2016 at 7:59 am

Hi Meg! The main thing is using a high quality brand, such as Gutermann. You can use all-purpose Gutermann thread; it will last forever and holds up well to wear and tear.

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Sharon December 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

I am making a new comforter and have two pieces of fleece with a twin comforter in between for the batting. What type of needle do I need?

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Sarah December 4, 2015 at 8:19 am

Hi! You’ll want to use a 100/16 universal needle. Good luck!

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Andi November 28, 2015 at 9:52 am

I’m sewing wool soakers for my son. It’s felted and 2 layers thick. (4 at the waist seams) any recommendations on needle size?
I have a generic brother machine.

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Sarah December 4, 2015 at 7:16 am

Hi Andi! I would use a size 100/16 needle. Good luck!

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Leslie November 27, 2015 at 3:57 am

Watched one of your videos tonight and realized that I have never tried using the decorative or character stitches on my sewing machine. I have an Innovis 2500D and the manual said to use a ball point 90/14 needle (gold coloured) with decorative/character stitches. I used a medium weight cotton, with stabilizer backing and Gutermann all purpose polyester thread, and a ball point 90/14 Jersey needle. Some of the stitches I tried were fine, others didn’t look that great. Not sure if the needle is the right type/size and also wondering should I be trying a different thread. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks Leslie

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Sarah November 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Hi Leslie! First, thank you for watching our videos! In my experience, the best thread and needle combination for decorative stitching is using embroidery thread and a Topstitch Needle or an Embroidery Needle. I’ve found Schmetz to be a great needle for the job. Also, 90/14 size should do the job. Good luck!
Topstitch Needle: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/topstitch-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
Embroidery Needle: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/embroidery-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Leslie November 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Thank you so much Sarah! Am looking forward now to trying more decorative stitches. Also thank you for taking the time to make all the wonderful video tutorials. You are worth your weight in gold, have learned so much from you. Leslie

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Sarah December 4, 2015 at 7:17 am

Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoy our videos! We’ll keep them coming =)

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Rob November 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hi, I have a Janome Sewist 500. Could you please recommend a needle for me? I’m unsure if I should just use a universal type or a ‘special’ needle for sewing coated ripstop nylon such as: https://ripstopbytheroll.com/collections/silnylon/products/1-1-oz-silnylon-black

I’m planning on using poly-covered polyester core thread (A&E permacore) in Tex 30. And I thin the correct size needle for this thread is 75/11. Is that correct?

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Sarah November 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Hi Rob! I always recommend Schmetz Needles because they are of such great quality. A universal 75/11 should work well – no need to use a special needle. You can find them here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
The thread you’ve chosen should work well. You can also use a light nylon thread or even an all-purpose polyester thread, like Gutermann. Good luck!

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Claire November 18, 2015 at 3:34 am

Hi Sarah
What a wonderful service you provide!

I am planning on making some lined velvet curtains (its a dense polyester velvet designed for soft upholstery) and wondered what type of needle would be best. I have an old Bernina machine I inherited from my Mum and I have made curtains before, but I don’t have very much experience ( and I am very good at breaking needles!) so any tips would be very gratefully received. I am planning on using a roller foot.
Many thanks Claire

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Sarah November 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Hi Claire! First, I must warn you that sewing velvet is tricky. Using a Roller Foot is a great start. You’ll also want to baste your seams, either by hand or with basting tape. If you find your fabric is still slipping around, try sewing with some tissue paper between the layers. Also, remember to cut your pattern and sew in the direction of the nap. You can use a universal needle in size 90/14 to sew the seams. A microtex (sharp) needle is your best bet if you plan to do any top stitching. Good luck!

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Izza November 17, 2015 at 3:41 am

Hi, I have an older brother machine, an XM3700. I am planning on making a few things for my friend’s baby shower: an durable outdoor blanket (one side has duck cloth, and the other side I think will have upholstery fabric, sort of like material we see on couches, or even rough/heavy curtains. Should I use a denim needle that’s 100/12 to accommodate the duck fabric, or to be safe, use a 100/18 one to make sure the tapestry is included too? Next, a burp cloth made from thick folded gerber brand cloth diapers (I think they’re a linen or receiving blanket muslin material? looks like linen to me though).

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Sarah November 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Hi Izza! For the outdoor blanket, I think a 100/16 universal needle will work fine. If it does break, then go up to a 110/18. As for the burp cloth – I’ve sewn that fabric before. It’s a little tricky. It’s made of a fabric called “birdseye” and is technically a woven fabric, but I’ve found it behaves almost like a knit. You can use a 80/12 universal needle to sew it, but I recommend starching it with some Best Press to make it easier to sew. Also, you definitely want to pre-wash. Good luck!

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Christina Rainey November 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

I starting to work with fleece a little bit, it better.
I ‘m using machine embroidery brother se 400

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Sarah November 11, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Hi! Embroidering fleece is fun! How’s it going?

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Pat November 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I’m adding gathered cotton skirts to simple t-shirts. Do I use a standard or a ball-point sewing machine needle?

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Sarah November 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Hi Pat! A universal needle should work well, since you have to pierce a woven fabric.

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Nancy October 30, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Hi, I am sewing vinyl and need to know what number needle I should use…I have a Brother 885 – V60-V65..the need I have in now (not sure of the number) sews on the top but the bottom stitch is all bunched up. Thanks you Nancy

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Sarah November 2, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Hi Nancy! You want to use at least a size 100/18 needle. However, with the thread bunching up, you may have a tension problem. What is your stitch length and tension setting?

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Amy October 28, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I have a Brother SE-400 and I am just trying to figure out which basic needle I should use for sewing (not embroidery). I usually sew flannel and cotton (lots of stuff for the kiddos) and am now starting to work with fleece a little bit. Thanks a billion!

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Sarah October 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hi Amy! I recommend a pack of 90/14 universal needles. When you work with Fleece, you might want to up the size to a 100/16 Universal. You can find them here (I recommend Schmetz): https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-sewing-machine-needles.aspx

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Alycia October 28, 2015 at 1:47 am

Hey! so I want to start sewing with webbing, but i’m not sure what type of needle to use? I have a Brother XL-3022, and i’m currently using a 90 regular point needle! but i know it’ll definitely break going through that type of fabric thickness. Thank you!

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Sarah October 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Hi Alycia! What type of webbing are you using?

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Alycia November 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

I’m using 1 inch wide & approx 2mm – 2.4mm thick 🙂

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Sarah November 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

You’re definitely going to need a 110/20 needle for webbing that thick.

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Patty October 27, 2015 at 9:55 am

HI! I need to repair the zipper on a leather gun bag. I’ll be using my Chandler c267 Industrial machine. Can I get away with using a size 18 needle and t69 thread. Or should I invest in some leather needles…Thank You!

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Sarah October 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Hi Patty! For best results, I would invest in some leather needles. However, if you’ll only be sewing a seam or two and don’t foresee sewing anymore leather projects, you can just use the size 18 needle.

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Lisa October 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Hi! I have a Singer 7285 Stylist machine and am working on some Halloween costumes. One is mainly of fleece (2 layers max) and the other mainly cotton and poly blend/something thin and not too stretchy. Which needle should I use for both types and is there a special needle for elastic thread? I’m going to [attempt to] make a skirt out of the thinner material and add an elastic waist band to it. One part of the costume will need shirring. Thanks in advance! I know that’s a lot.

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Sarah October 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hi! For the fleece, I would use a size 100/16 universal needle. For the thin cotton/poly blend, I’d start with an 80/12 universal. You don’t need a special needle for elastic thread, just a little patience and a stream iron. I hope this was helpful and good luck!

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Natalie Gonzalez October 17, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Hello!
I’m making a pencil skirt for a mermaid costume. I’m using organza but underlining with a matte satin. What needle should I use? I was thinking an 80/11 but that is only the best guest I could come up with. My machine is a singer 2263.
Thanks!

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Sarah October 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

Hi! Because you’re sewing organza, I’d start with a size 70 needle first, just because it creates a smaller hole. Remember to also sew slowly. Good luck!!!

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Gianina Gabriel October 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Hello,
I am sewing with peace silk which has the consistency of raw silk. I am sewing on a Juki DDL 8700, and have been struggling to figure out what needle I would use for the project. I understand the home machine’s needles but this silk is throwing me for a loop. Any advice?

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Sarah October 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Hi! Try a microtex needle in a size 70/10. I’ve heard they work particularly well with difficult silk fabric. Good luck!

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Beverly Kereta October 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Need to know what size needle to use to sew leather. and what kind of thread ?

Thank you

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Sarah October 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Hi Beverly! It depends on the leather weight. For a lightweight leather, start with a 100/16 leather needle and high quality, all-purpose polyester thread. You’ll also need a walking foot or Teflon Foot or roller foot. For medium weight leather, try a 110/18 leather needle and heavy duty thread.

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Judith October 11, 2015 at 2:36 am

Hello Sarah,
I own a Brother CS6000i and have yet to use it on more than the initial project, pillows of very lightweight vinyl coated fabric (garment weight) using the needle that came with the machine.

I am now going to begin the projects that I purchased the machine for – sewing leather and suede of light to mid-weight (no heavier than 3.5oz/1.4mm thickness), and mid-weight vinyl with woven backing (no more than 1.0 – 1.1mm thickness).

Please, I am uncertain if I need to be using 100/16 needles or 110/18 needles, help, don’t want to ruin my material or my machine – and oh yes, please elaborate on ‘CHROME’ needles (SCHMETZ BRAND) and if they have any particular benefit of use…

Thank you.
Judith

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Sarah October 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Hi Judith! Use a 100/16 leather needle for your lightweight leather and a 110/18 for your medium weight leather. The Chrome Schmetz needles are top of the line and long lasting, if you have the option of using the Chrome Leather Needles, definitely go for it.

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Omotayo October 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Sorry, the model of the Argos Value is 2459. Thanks

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Omotayo October 3, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Hi Sarah, I use an Argos Value Sewing machine and I realise that the DP needles can’t enter the needle clamp only if I use DB needles. Can this affect my machine?

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Sarah October 6, 2015 at 9:04 am

Hi Omotayo! Your needle definitely needs to fit all the way up into the needle clamp or else your needle length is off, which will throw off your timing and ultimately hurt your machine.

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Patrycja September 28, 2015 at 11:12 am

Hi. I have industrial machine Juki1181 and was wondering if you could tell me what needle to use to sew double layer of polyamide webbing 38mm (1,5″). Right now my thread is Serafil 20 but I’m still not sure if this one is a proper one. Thank you

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Sarah September 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

Hi! Your machine uses these needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx
I think serafil should work well. You’ll definitely want a size 18 to 20 needle.

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Kim September 17, 2015 at 11:43 am

Hi I have a Brother x5 and was wondering if you could tell me what needle to use to sew fleece fabric. Thank you x

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Sarah September 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

Hi! Use a Universal needle in size 90/14 or 100/16, depending on how thick the fleece is.

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Marilyn Boyette September 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

I am going to cut off and hem curtains that are 100% polyester. They are very thin and flimsy. What size needle and what kind of needle should I use.

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Sarah September 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Hi Marilyn! Use a universal 70/9 needle. Also, because the fabric is so thin, start your first stitch about 1/2 an inch down the hem, then back stitch. It should help prevent your fabric from getting stuck in the needle plate. Good luck!

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Safa August 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Hi Sarah,

My machine is Brothers LX 2763.
The needle I have got along with the machine are 2 types – one says 90 m and other one is the twin needle, little bit different from the one in your article.

For normal stitching and for stitching denim which needle I should use?
I’m a beginner, so please let me know what all needs to ensured while stitching a jeans.

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Sarah September 4, 2015 at 7:22 am

For sewing denim, use a Schmetz Denim Needle for regular seam piecing, found here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/denim-jeans-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx .
You don’t have to use a twin needle, but it makes top stitching faster. You want to use a Jean Twin Needle, found here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/denim-jeans-twin-needle-schmetz-1.aspx
Because you’ll have some very thick seams, I REALLY recommend a Jean-a-ma-jig. It levels out your presser foot when going over bulky seams, which you’ll definitely have. It can be found here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/jean-a-ma-jig.aspx
And please let me know if you have any more questions. Good Luck!!!

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Renee August 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

I have a Brother SE400. I am trying to sew burlap. What size needle should I use?

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Sarah September 4, 2015 at 7:24 am

Depending on how tight the weave is, I would start with a 90/14 universal needle. Good luck!

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Eugene August 28, 2015 at 3:32 am

Hello I recently bought a singer 96k51 that I’m going to be sewing vinyl windows in my boat canvas, can you recommend a needle and type of thread?

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Sarah September 4, 2015 at 7:25 am

I would use a 100/16 universal needle and heavy duty thread. You’ll also want some all weather seam sealant.

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lorraine August 26, 2015 at 3:22 am

I’m going to be used quite an old machine on wax cloth, which needle would you recommend
thanks

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Sarah August 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Hi Lorraine! I would use a leather needle.

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Laurie August 23, 2015 at 12:04 am

I have always only sewn knits. Now I am trying something new and sewing with canvas (10 0z cotton canvas) and I am having a difficult time finding a needle that is not leaving a hole when I sew on my zipper for my pillow cases. I have tried Jeans needle( sizes 14, 16, 18). I have tried universal needles (sizes 12,14,16). I have tried heavy duty needle and lastly a size 14 topstitch needle which probably was the best so far, but still leaving holes in the fabric. I have tried increasing the stitch length. Nothing seams to help. It is definitely worse when I backstitch, but still every stitch leaves a hole. What else can I try? I am at a loss. The only thing I have not tried is a wing or a stretch needle. Would love your advice. Thank you.

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Sarah August 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

That’s the tricky thing about sewing canvas. I’ve heard other sewers use stabilizer to help with the holes. If it’s an outdoor project, use seam sealant.

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Chrissy August 20, 2015 at 2:36 am

Hi Sarah – thanks for the great site and info! I am sewing “mama cloth” for postpartum use, so it needs to be absorbent, which means many layers of flannel. I’m also using PUL as a waterproof layer. I was advised to use a 9 or 11 ballpoint needle for the PUL so went with 9/70. Now my serger needle keeps breaking – maybe because of the many layers? What size of needle would you recommend?

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 8:52 am

Hi! I would use a size 90/14 universal needle.

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Debra August 18, 2015 at 8:01 am

Hello. I am brand new to sewing, starting out with curtains. I still fear my brand new machine and am hesitant to break anything but love to use it. Which needle should I use for the interlining? Stretch or Microtex (Sharp)? The interlining is like flannel but has stretch to it. I plan to use a zig zag stitch to sew off the bottom edge. Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

Hi Debra! Welcome to the wonderful world of sewing! I think we were all scared to break our sewing machine when we first started sewing – you’re not alone! I would go with a ballpoint needle in the appropriate size. So, if you have a medium weight knit flannel type of fabric, I would go with a size 90/14.

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Angie August 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Hi Sarah! I need to sew my hair extensions together but I Dont know what kind of needle to use on my sewing machine… Which do you recommend ?

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

Hi Angie! I’ve never sewn hair extension, but maybe start with a universal 90/14?

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Binge Abbas August 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

i am a new user of Brother sewing machine.Can you please advice me which tension and setting is required to sew a silk fabric. Model no.is CS6000i

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:40 am

Hi Binge! Is your fabric a lightweight silk or a medium weight silk?

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Betty Lou Fuller August 13, 2015 at 3:26 pm

I am making zipper pouches and lining them with iron on vinyl. My needles keep breaking!! What needle should I be using?

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:30 am

Hi Betty! Try a leather needle; I’ve found the needle point penetrates vinyl wonderfully.

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Sandy August 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

Which needle should I use to sew several layers of woven cotton belting. My regular needles break. Also, I have an old Elna. Thanks

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

Hi Sandy! Try a size 100/16 universal

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Janice Bentley August 10, 2015 at 2:00 am

Hey Sarah my machine is a 340083 h. P. Cooper saddle stitch machine .did you find the answer about the needle for that machine I’m still trying to find out what kink of need to get

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:26 am

Hi Janice! I’m sorry, but I don’t have any information on that machine. Do you have any old packages that came with your machine that might tell us what system it has?

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Robert August 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm

Hi there ,I have been trying to sew baseball caps and now having problems with sewing thru the brim I have done a few stitches then the needle breaks ive done this about 4times and i Am using a universal needle on a domestic rotary 151 machine what type of needle would be able to go thru the brim without breaking?

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Sarah August 21, 2015 at 9:11 am

Hi Robert! You’ll definitely need a large needle; I would try a 110/18 Schmetz leather needle and sew slowly.

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craig August 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

i working with demin 96% cotton 4% spandex lightweight 6.5 ounce would that be a ballpointe size 16? thanks for your help

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Sarah August 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

Yup – that should work well. Because you’re sewing denim, a universal needle should also work.

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ReviewKid August 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

Thanks for the information using needles, it was really a tough task.

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Kenzie July 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I have a brother sewing machine and I bought a fabric that’s 65% nylon and 35% spandex what kind of needle should I use?

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Sarah July 17, 2015 at 8:21 am

Hi! I would use a stretch needle.

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Tammie July 14, 2015 at 10:34 am

I just came across your website and had a question. I normally quilt or sew simple garments, but I need to sew the elastic back into my mattress pad on my bed. I will be sewing through the cotton pad (just a single layer of pretty thin fabric) and through the 1/4″ wide elastic with a zigzag stitch. Should I use a ballpoint needle or a stretch needle?

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Sarah July 17, 2015 at 8:22 am

Hi Tammie! You could use a universal needle or ballpoint.

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Dianne July 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I haven’t sewn in many moons. I just purchased a Brother CS6000i. I have been learning the machine and practicing just sewing straight lines, messing with the tension, etc.. Stitch 00 is what the machine defaults on and the needle is positioned to the left. I ended up bending the original needle when it hit the foot or something. I purchased the Singer Universal needles and put in a 90/14. I bought some basic fabric from the clearance bins, again just to practice. All was going well and then the needle broke. Am I using the wrong needle? Should I buy a different brand? I am getting ready to begin my first project, which is a baby blanket with fleece. What needle is best for that one too. I don’t want to keep breaking the needles. 🙂 Thanks..love your site. Just found it. 🙂

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Sarah July 10, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Hi! First, I think it’s GREAT that you’re giving yourself time to play around before starting your first project. Second, a ballpoint, microtex, or sharp needle size 90/14 will work wonderfully for a fleece blanket. As far as your needle breaking – may I ask what presser foot your using and how many layers you were sewing when the needle broke?

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Dianne July 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

It was just the presser foot that came with the machine, which is called J. It was only 2 layers of a woven cotton, I believe is the type of fabric. Nothing thick at all. I was using a thicker type of thread, which I didn’t realize was for “quilts and craft”, per the description on the top of the thread. I was having issues with it, it was from Coats and Clark. It said all purpose on it. I am new to all the different type of threads. What would work on a fleece blanket? Thanks!

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Sarah July 17, 2015 at 8:30 am

Hi! All purpose thread should work great on fleece and it definitely shouldn’t cause your needle to break. T this point, I honestly don’t know why your needle is breaking. A general purpose foot (J) shouldn’t cause your needle to break. Size 90/14 should be able to handle two layers of woven fabric. Try a 100/16 needle – I can almost guarantee it won’t break. I’m so sorry you’re having so much trouble. I know it’s frustrating, but hang in there!

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Crystal Moore July 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Hello! I have a Consew 29RATCW that I use when making certain bags. I currently use a #16 or #18 needle on a 18 oz. duck canvas with a bonded #33 nylon thread. Recently I have had skipped stitches, snapped thread, needles breaking like crazy and irregular stitching all together. Did I throw my timing off? Or have I been using the wrong combination of things? I have spent hours messing with tensions and nothing is working.

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Sarah July 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm

If your combination of settings was working well before with those needle sizes, then the new factor might be mechanical. When was the last time it was serviced?

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danielle July 5, 2015 at 11:29 pm

hello i have a industrial singer. I sew swimwear. when doing one layer the stretch works just well but my machine won’t go through elastic and the spandex when folded over. Think it may be the needle as it doesn’t hold the stitch it stitches blank. or my machine may not be powerful enough to go through it? singer 457 ( the tension is hard to use on this machine as well any tips) would you suggest a new machine or trying a different needle? thanks!

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Sarah July 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Hi Danielle! Your machine is definitely strong enough, but you probably need a bigger size needle once you hit the multiple layers. What needle type and size are you using?

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Enid July 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

I’m going to be sewing a seat cover (2 layers of heavy duty vinyl, some of which include piping) with an industrial machine which take the following needle: DB X 1 / 16X231 / 16X257 / 1738. But I am also going to be using very thick thread, so I will need a needle designed for heavier thread. What do you recommend? Thanks!

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Sarah July 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Hi Enid! I’d try these in a size 20: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx
Good luck!

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Amanda June 28, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Hi Sarah, I’m about to start a project with stretch cotton fabric. This name confuses me, would I treat it as a woven or a knit? And, what needle would I use? Thanks

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Sarah July 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Hi! Definitely treat it like a knit by using a ballpoint needle. Good luck!

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Sarah June 23, 2015 at 6:09 pm

I’m going to be sewing a lightweight denim skirt and want to make the waistband yoga style with a lightweight 10% spandex/90% cotton knit. I plan on using an overcasting stitch to join them and prevent fraying. It will be 1 layer denim and two layers knit to sew through. Should I stick with a denim needle or swap to a universal?

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Sarah June 25, 2015 at 9:35 am

That is a tricky one! I’d definitely switch to a universal. Good luck!

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Noel June 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I need to alter a swimsuit strap so I will stitching through nylon, spandex, and a doubled over rubber elastic band. What type and size needle would be best?

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Sarah June 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Woah! Now that is going to be a thick sew! I would use these singer needles in a size 16: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-10-pack-singer-ball-point.aspx

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Diane January 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

This is very tricky! I have tried to do this for years. Usually end up having to sew by hand. The thread always gets looped on the bobbin side. Any suggestions?

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Jeremy K. February 24, 2016 at 9:42 am

Try tightening your upper tension and see if that fixes it.

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April June 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

I’m going to start making my own dog collars soon which means sewing through nylon webbing. What type of needle should I use in this situation? Thanks for your time.

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Sarah June 11, 2015 at 6:48 am

I’d go with a 110/18 needle. That’s some thick material, especially when it gets doubled. You might also need to use a mallet to hammer down the seam before you sew it. If it’s flatter, it’s easier to pass through the machine. Good luck!

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Dee Brown June 7, 2015 at 2:26 am

Hi i have a Babylock serger it says i need 15 x 1, 705, 130 size 11, 14. I want to know if i can use ball point needles with my serger and how to find them?

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Dee Brown June 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Thank you! do i need a size 14, and 11? i only see 10, 12, 14, 16.

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Sarah June 11, 2015 at 7:01 am

It depends on how thick your fabric is. For medium weight, use a 14. For light weight fabric, use a 10 or 12. 11 is an in between size, so it’s okay to go to a 12 or down to a 10. 10 is more for super sheer fabric.

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Jen June 7, 2015 at 1:01 am

I am planning to purchase a Singer 7258 and I am brand new to the world of sewing. Are the needles that come with the machine sufficient for basic sewing? I saw a post, but I can’t find it again, that stated they are junk and to use another brand instead. I plan on making basic toddler clothing, pillows, baby room drapes and maybe crib bedding. I will be using the Mettler poly thread. Are there any other recommendations you have for the “tool kit” of upgrades/must-haves? Thanks in advance! Jen

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Sarah June 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

Hi! They’re okay and will get you through a project or two. But you’ll definitely want to buy new needles. Singer needles work well and inexpensive. I really recommend you take a look at our Beginner’s guide to sewing series – episodes 1-3 really introduce you to your machine and to what tools/supplies you need to have. And of course, please email/comment here with any questions. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_o5Ri9T8hDDsg1VEgdd14LNcD_lOy4PM

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Jiessa June 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Hi Sarah! Greetings from Philippines! Im a newbie to sewing and I just bought an Omi Sewing Machine S1 . Im just wondering if I could use a twin needle with it and if yes what would be the perfect size? Thanks 🙂

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Sarah June 5, 2015 at 9:42 am

Hi! I looked at the manual and I don’t see anything saying it is twin needle capable. I’m sorry 🙁

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Bambi May 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

hello I have a school project to make an adult onesie!:) I have found material online and was wondering if spandex knit fabric would be alright for making a onesie???
Thanks Sarah!
Bambi

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Sarah June 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hi! You can definitely use spandex knit fabric to make a onesie, however, traditional onesies are made with jersey knit. Either one will work – Good luck!!!

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Ashley May 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Hi! Was wondering what needle and type of thread would be best for a tight woven burlap that’s pretty thick, almost similar to canvas. Machine is a brother dz820e. Thanks so much!!!

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Sarah May 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

Hi Ashley! For a heavy burlap I would go with a heavy duty thread and a 110/18 universal needle. Because the thread is thicker, you’ll need to increase the stitch length and probably increase the tension (to balance out the increased tension in the bobbin from the thicker thread). Make sure to tinker with some scraps to get the tension perfect, or else your seams will pull apart. And just out of curiosity, what are you making?

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Keri September 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

Wow! You are amazing! You find these websites usually filled with questions and that no one ever answers. Thank you for answering us! I was Googling to find which needle is best for regular burlap and found you! So glad I did! Can you tell me what needle will work best for regular woven burlap?

Oh and there is a tight woven burlap?! Where do I find that?

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Sarah September 23, 2015 at 7:58 am

Hi! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by! A universal 90/15 usually works well for regular, loosely woven burlap (canvas burlap). Because of the rough nature of the fabric, you will need to change you needle more often. However, I’ve found that Schmetz needles hold up every well with burlap for hours of sewing.
Tightly woven burlap – called Hawaiian hemp – is the very stiff and sturdy burlap. It’s not something you use much for pillows or curtains, but work well for outdoor upholstery, wall art, etc. Anything that needs stiff structure and durability. For Hawaiian Hemp, you’ll want to use at least a 100/16 to 110/18 needle, depending on the weight of the fabric.
I hope this was helpful – good luck!

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Pamell May 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hi- I have a Husqvarna Emerald 183 using a Schmetz universal 70/10. I am trying to do a narrow topstitch on some burp cloths (two layers of cotton terry cloth and two layers of cotton quilt fabric). If I adjust my needle to the far right position to make a narrow hem, the bobbin jams making a tangle of threads. I have to re-thread the machine and bobbin case (things go fine when sewing through one layer each of terry and cotton) Do you think this is a needle problem? Thank you for any advice you may have.

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Pamell May 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Holy Cow! What a difference a needle makes. Using the info posted above, I switched to a 90/14. I still get a little bogged down near the opening where I turned the fabric, but no more jammed bobbin. Great resource…thanks so much!

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Sarah May 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

Glad to help!

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Sarah May 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

Hi! For 4 layers of fabric, a 70/10 is going to be a bit too small. I recommend a 90/14 universal needle, increasing your stitch length and reducing your tension to accommodate the bulk. Good Luck!

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carla May 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm

I am sewing through four layers of good quality cotton quilt fabric. Needle does ok with 2 layers but not 4 what number should I use

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Sarah May 21, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hi! You should be good with going up just one more needle size.

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rebecca May 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

i have a brother xl2600i machine and i was wondering what needle was given to me in the machine. i’m sewing garbadine to make a dance shawl.

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Sarah May 5, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Hi! Your machine uses regular home sewing machine needles (130/705H). We sell them here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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Aimee April 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Hi Sarah! I am attempting to recover the seats on my deck boat. I refuse to pay the price of a professional and have therefore decided I can do it myself. The fabric is going to be a marine grade vinyl and my sewing machine is a Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 200. I read that you recommend the leather needle. But what size would you recommend? There are areas where there is piping too. Also, which thread is used for this type of project?
Am I crazy for trying this? And help would be appreciated!

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Sarah May 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hi! I’d recommend a 110/18 leather needle and outdoor thread. It’s going to be a challenge because, when you account for the piping, you’ll need to sew through 4 layers of heavy fabric, but it’s totally doable! The key is to practice on some of your fabric scraps to get the perfect tension balance. You’ll need a much longer stitch length. You’ll also want to sew very slowly and use wonder clips. Pins will put unnecessary holes in your fabric, thus weakening it. Good luck!

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Samantha April 29, 2015 at 6:46 am

Thx Sarah! I’ve never had it serviced but I oil it [probably not enough]. I guess this might be a good time to consider having it serviced. Thx again!

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Samantha April 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

Hi Sarah! Thank you for this wonderful site & for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions! I have 2:

1- I have a Brother VX-950 [my parents bought it for me 20+ years ago]. I am about to embark on my most ambitious project which is a sofa slipcover. I will probably use a 10 oz cotton duck or 12 oz denim. If I were to invest in 1 of the newer machines [in the $150 range], would there be a big difference [& is there 1 that u would recommend?] I use my machine for alterations & home projects [recently tackled triple pleated drapes]. While it gets the job done, it’s somewhat finicky [bobbin jams, some probs with uneven tension, etc]. If it wont make a huge difference, I’d rather not spend the money but if it will make this project easier, I will.

2- What needles wood u recommend for this project?

Thanks again!

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Sarah April 17, 2015 at 5:30 am

Hi Samantha! To be honest, a new machine in the 150 range probably won’t be that much of a help because you’re going to be sewing thick fabric. You’re better off sticking with the machine you have. When was the last time you had your machine serviced? That might be the source for some tension/bobbin problems.

You’ll want to use a size 100/16 needle. Good luck! A slip cover is a big project; stay positive and you can do it!

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Bev L. Austin April 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Hi Sarah, I have read so many different answers regarding monofilament .004 thread, does it go in the bobbin or thru the needle? Also, needle size? Embroidery 11-14 ?

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Sarah April 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

Hi Bev! I’ve never used monofilament in the bobbin, as I had heard some serious horror stories. However, I suppose with a little bit of bobbin tension adjustment and patience, it could work. Part of sewing is experimenting; why not give it a go? For using monofilament in the needle, you want to use a topstitching or metallic needle in a size suitable for the fabric you’re sewing. Also, you’ll want to reduce the tension a tad. One of the biggest helpers is a thread net. It comes large enough to fit a serger spool, but you cut it down to the size of whatever spool your using. They make a huge difference when working with metallic and embroidery thread as well.
Here is the link: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/anti-spill-net-singer-543131.aspx

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Melissa April 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

Hi,

I broke an Organ 75/11 needle (came with the machine) overlocking mudcloth on a Juki MO-644D. I’m making a 3-thread wide seam, so only using one of the possible two needles as per manual instructions. The manual suggests using “Household type 130/705H for the right needle and 130/705H (JL X 2) for the left-hand needle.” It also designates thickness as No. 75/11…but that’s the size that broke (and seems to be the equivalent of a denim needle??)Then it says below this suggestion: When sewing heavy weight fabric, use a JL x 2 as the left needle. I have not been able to find JL X 2 needles anywhere on earth. Is this a typo? Because I have seen JL X 1. Would an Organ 90/14 sharp work instead?

Also, I have a Juki industrial straight sewer DDL-5550N, a mid-weight machine, and the manual suggests using DB X 1 # 9 to # 18. Where would a denim needle, for example, fall in that range? And if it does fall somewhere in this range, why not just always use the number instead of creating a category of needles called “denim?”

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Sarah April 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Hi Melissa! I checked your manual and it does say JLx2, which are practically impossible to find and expensive. I would try buying a 130/705 universal needle in a size 100/16. I doubt it would break.

For the dbx1 needle, you want to use a #16 for denim (https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx). The difference between a denim needle and a size 16 needle is in the fine details of the point and shaft. Does it really make a huge difference? Not likely, but many people like to have a set of denim needles for their denim fabric and use the universal #16 for misc fabric.

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Ruth April 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Hi Sarah,

I am a novice sewing. I just inherited a old vintage 1950s Domestic 153 and had it completely serviced in excellent running condition. However, I really wanted to sew leather and the clerk recommended nylon heavy-duty thread, but it keeps unraveling on the bobbin and jamming up my machine. She also recommended using a 16 needle but they keep breaking. Any advice? I read that the Domestic Industrial Strength sewing machine 153 is suppose to be great sewing leather. Thanks you.

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Sarah April 17, 2015 at 5:31 am

Hi! Are you sewing real leather or faux leather?

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Tiffany Smith March 24, 2015 at 3:24 am

Hello Sarah!

I am making cloth diaper soaker inserts from recycled terry cloth. My needles keep breaking in the last 2 days I have broke 6! I have a new singer serger that uses regular sewing machine needle. It is my first serger. I bought it a few months ago and it has been working beautifully up until now.After sewing one or two soakers the needles are breaking on the rounded corner :(. I am just using a universal needle I dont remember which size. Any tips would be appreciated im about one third of my way through a batch for the upcoming market season in may!!!!

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Sarah March 27, 2015 at 10:33 am

Hi Tiffany! Definitely up the needle size. I’ve had the same problem in the past. Go up to at least a 100/16 – even a 110/18 will help a ton! The sergers go so fast that it really wears on your needle.
Go here and select the size 110/18 and you’ll be set: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx

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claire March 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

I’m using fabric and a new sewing maching for an art project. I’m using sheer fabric to layer over a painting. Can I use different weights of thread to make the fabric piece look like a drawing with thick and think lines?

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Sarah March 27, 2015 at 10:12 am

Hi Claire! First, that sounds like an amazing project! You can use different weights of thread, but the heavier the thread, the more damage to the fabric. Are you sewing the sheer fabric directly to the painting, or are you sewing the fabric, then attaching it to the painting later?
The reason I ask is because this could be done a few different ways. If you are sewing the fabric directly on top of the painting, then I would recommend hand sewing the thicker thread. A sewing machine is already harsh on sheer fabric, the added thread weight would knot up and destroy the fabric.

If you aren’t creating the line work directly on the painting, you could use a water soluble stabilizer under your sheer fabric while you do the line work on your sewing machine. That way the fabric is supported while the heavier thread is being used.

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Sharon Chambers March 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Hi Sarah. I just love this web site. I have a small sewing business and am using a Janome mc6600p. I am making a dress out of white scuba knit and need to know what size needle I should use. It seems to have a hard time going through the material, especially when it’s doubled. Material is also puckering and thread is breaking. Can you help? Thanks. I am using a Universal 14.

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Sarah March 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

Hi Sharon! A size 14 sounds good. I would reduce your tension and change to a stretch needle or ballpoint needle. Also, which foot and stitch are you using?

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ashley March 10, 2015 at 11:23 am

Hello..

I was wondering what kind of fabric does human hair closely match. I looking to make my own extensions and I am not 100% sure on what size and type of needle I would need for the hair. I heard you can use a triple needle but I do not know what sewing machine does triple stitch or takes a triple needle.

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Sarah March 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Hi Ashley! Wow! What an interesting project! Many machines use a triple needle and triple stitch, which I agree would be best for your hair extensions, as they will really lock in the strands. Do you have a machine now? Or are you looking to buy one within a set budget? I’d be happy to look around and find one for you.

As far as needle, it depends if you are using a strip of backing or removable stabilizer to keep the strands neat while you sew. I would think a 90/14 triple needle would work well, or even a 100/16 if you are sewing thick, full hair with a net backing.

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Katherine McMahon February 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

I have just purchased an old Singer Model 281-1 to do quilting on. I have been told that I need needle system 135X5, but when I go to purchase there are multiple Needle Type/Size’s (11/75 PD, 12/80 PD 14/9 PD all the way up to 23/160 PD). I never realized that purchasing needles could be so complicated. I am going to be quilting 100% cotton. Any suggestions n Type/Size would be greatly appreciated!!

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Sarah February 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Hi Katherine! I hear ya – needles are super confusing! Especially with so many different sizes! Here is the needles you want for your machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-groz-beckert-type-134fg-10pk.aspx

Go with the 100/16 to start. That’s a pretty durable needle. If you find that need something a little stronger (for really thick quilts), try a 110/18.

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Susan February 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

What sewing machine needle do I use to sew polyster?

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Sarah February 25, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Hi Susan! It depends if you are sewing knit polyester or woven polyester. The trick is to pick the needle based on how the fabric is woven/looped together, rather than the type of material. I hope that helps!

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Bev Austin January 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

This is a new post question, not a reply. I have a baby lock Companion 1500. My owner’s manual doesn’t have any contact info for the manufacturer. I’m trying to sew a simple hem edge finish and a blind stitch on pants that are medium weight blend (74% polyester; 22% rayon; 4% spandex). I’m using a brand new size 14 needle from a very old package of needles. It doesn’t indicate the type of needle. I’m using a 100% polyester Gutermann thread. I’ve been unable to stitch in this fabric. The stitch works fine on a 100% cotton pillowcase, but just skips stitches and the thread breaks. I have the upper tension set a 5 and I’ve tried to adjust the lower bobbin tension, but not sure where the factory setting should be. Can you provide any guidance or advice? Thanks.

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Sarah January 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Hi Bev! You want to make sure your using a ballpoint needle and a stitch designed for stretch materia to finish the raw edge. A zigzag stitch should work nicely.

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Susan January 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

Thanks for your info! I have an industrial machine that is like a Juki 9000. What size ballpoint needle should I use for a ponte knit? Would a size 12 be good? I’ve never sewn knits before so I want to be sure to use the right size. I also have some jersey knit that is much thinner. Would something like a size 10 be better for that? Thanks so much!

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Marsha December 28, 2014 at 9:00 am

I have what I think is a Red Eye 66 model G0080215. Not sure what year it was manufactured. After reading about the length of the old needle sizes compared to the slightly longer needs that are in use today. Should I be concerned and try to find the shorter needle length for this machine? If so, what would I look for and where would I look when purchasing needles?

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Sarah December 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

Hi Marsha! I looked at your manual and see that you machine uses type 15×1 sewing machine needles, which can be found here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-15×1-10pk.aspx
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Happy Holidays!

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Aisha Bello December 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

Please I have a new beginners singers machine, which I tried to sew a silk but with all my effort I didn’t make the sew but It perfect with other material. Please tell me what I can do to improve my sewing.

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Sarah December 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

HI Aisha! silk can be very tricky to sew. There could be a Number of issues. Are the stitches uneven? Or is the thread bunching? Bobbin jamming?
Also, may I ask the needle type and size you’re using? And What are your stitch settings and tension?

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Coleen December 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Hi- thanks for your informative website! I have a small business making weighted blankets and lap pads. They are typically made with fleece on one side and flannel on the other. In addition, I double over any outside seam to prevent spillage of plastic beads. My basic Singer machine is in the shop and my back-up, an old Brother, isn’t really up for the thickness and frequency of my sewing. Do you have any suggestions for a better machine for the task? Perhaps one loved by quilters?
Thanks!

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Sarah December 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

Hi Coleen! There are many machines to choose from, it just depends on your budget. I would definitely go with a Janome. We have a variety on our site- do you have a max price range? Are there some features you must absolutely have, like automatic needle threader?

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Rita McCart November 24, 2014 at 8:32 am

Hello Cathy;
I have a Singer Heavy Duty 4423 and keep braking twin needles while sewing fleece. I have tried 2 different sizes and both have broken when sewing over seams thickness. At $5 each it’s getting a little expensive. What size needle should I use? I’ve tried Schmetz stretch 2,5/75 and a Schmetz universal 4,0/80. Thank you for your help. 🙂

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Sarah November 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

Hi Rita! Size 75 and 80 are definitely too thin for fleece. Size 75 and 80 are better suited for light weight fabric. You definitely want to use a 3.0/90 or 4.0/100 needle. If you follow this link: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/twin-needle-schmetz-1-pack.aspx
Then, click the Needle Size option, you’ll see both those options available. The 4.0/100 is the strongest.

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Deanna Sorenson November 23, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Hi, thanks for the informative post!
I am wondering what the best needles would be for serging lycra.
I need to seam 2 layers of nylon lycra (4 way stretch, 6 oz/sq yd) and one layer of flat rubber elastic. Using ballpoint needles I get good results on just the lycra, but when I put in the elastic my needle tension is all over the place. Would I be better off using a stretch needle instead of a ballpoint? I have a Janome MyLock 134D.
thanks!

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Sarah November 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

I would definitely go for the stretch needle in a size 90, just because you have the added thickness of rubber elastic. We have a link here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx
I you have a chance, I’d be interested to know how it turns out. Good luck!

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Cathy Cook November 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

Been sewing for years, but recently on “projects” . This project is a denin (blue Jean) quilt and it has become a booger!! I’ve been using a 90 needle (jean) and have just put in my 4th one……the last one even broke. The others just became blunted. I have a Husqvarna machine.
I have adjusted the pressure foot to less pressure and lengthened the stich as well as the tension. Got any suggestions, I’m getting rather FRUSTRATED!!!!

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Sarah November 20, 2014 at 7:59 am

Hi Cathy! Oh boy – a demin quilt is going to be a rather tough one! I would suggest a Schmetz Jean or Leather needle size 100/16 (https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/denim-jeans-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx). If during the actual quilting, you still have breakage, I would go even higher to a heavy duty 110/18 Jean or Leather Needle. I’ve had great results with that size and brand.

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Courtney October 24, 2014 at 1:49 am

Hi there! I have a super thick organic cotton knit that I am sewing baby leggings with. I am using a twin needle to go around the waist band which includes 2 layers of the knit and an elastic waist band. The needle does struggle a little bit getting through all 3 layers. Do I just need a thicker needle? I don’t want to damage the fabric. Thank you for your help!!!

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Sarah November 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Yes, you will need to use a thicker needle. Instead of using a twin needle try a ballpoint needle size 100/16 and switch over to a stretch stitch or a triple zig-zag stitch. Let me know if this works or you need any additional help!

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Denise October 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

Hi Sarah, thank you for the information. I recently purchased a Brother Project Runway CS5055PRW. I’ve never sewed before or had a machine. This is perfect for someone like myself. I will love any additional information you might have for someone new like myself.

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CassandraSmith September 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

Hi Sarah,
I am in the process of getting a new heavy duty machine because I currently have a Kenmore vintage one. The projects I do seem to all be heavy duty. Anyway, I was wondering what your suggestion would be for a needle for an upcoming project. I am making a rug out of old t-shirts. First I braided them in a normal style and then wanting to sew it using a zig zag stitch. What needle and any suggestions on tension, type of heavy duty machine I should get would be helpful.
Thanks

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Sarah October 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

The best needle for the project you’re describing is a Universal 100/16 with a reduced tension of maybe -2 (because of the thicker braiding). I am partial to the Janome Heavy Duty 1000. I love this machine!

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connie September 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

Hi Sarah!
Thanks for this informative post! I just recently got an old Kenmore machine from the 60s (maybe 70s). If I want to buy replacement needles for it, do I need to look specifically for needles that are compatible with my machine or are they standardized? Also what needle would you recommend for cotton voile or lawn? Thank you!

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Cindy September 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hi Sarah, I am making a handbag with multiple fabrics of cotton and batting. I keep breaking my needles when I am sewing the corners together, which are very bulky. I am using a Husqvarna Designer I machine. I have looked at the different sizes and for fabrics, thinking I should use a quilting needle but not sure. Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks

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Sarah September 9, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Hi Cindy! What size needle are you using now? A size 100/16 needle or even a jean needle might be the best option. They are built for those tricky seams. Also, have you tried hammering the bulky corners? Using a regular old hammer and pounding away at those corners a few times makes them MUCH easier to sew.

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Samuel Mthembu September 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Hi Sarah,i recently found my mums old sewing machine, its a brother vx60, so i tried sewing a few items but problem is, everytime i fold my material to sew on top of the folded part, the thread breaks, what would have happened, please help
Thankss a lot,
Nice blog by the way

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Sarah September 5, 2014 at 5:36 am

Hi Samuel! Congrats on finding your Mums old machine! Are you using a new thread and needle?

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Shauna August 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Hi. I am very new to embroidery and I am trying to teach myself to do onesies. I have a Brother SE400. I seem to do ok to start with but when I switch to the 2nd color my upper thread keeps breaking and my stiches begin to look bad. I started out using a ball point 75/11 needle and it started out mostly ok yet still seemed to have some off stiches. When the 2nd color was started my thread began to fray and break. I tried to which to a sharp needle which seemed to not break the thread so much but I could tell it was not doing well with the fabric. Any ideas on what I should try or what could be going wrong. Thanks.

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Sarah August 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

Hi Shauna! I would definitely use an embroidery needle. What is your tension setting? Which brand thread are you using? And which stabilizer are you using??

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Cyn August 19, 2014 at 7:19 am

Hi Sarah,

I’m making a costume for my daughter and need to seam Lycra, organza and jersey together. What type of needle should I use? The organza will be “sandwiched” between the other two fabrics.

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Sarah August 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

Oh boy! That is a tricky one! I would you a size 80 stretch needle. What kind of costume is it??

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Stacy August 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

I have a Kenmore 6 stitch, model 385. I think it was bought in the 90’s. I want to make a tote bag out of heavy duty canvas material. I am concerned that the material will be too thick when doubled to fit under the foot. I have all of my fabric cut and ready and now I am having second thoughts since I don’t want to mess up my machine. Any needle and thread suggestions would be greatly welcomed as I am ready to sew!! Thanks a bunch.

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Sarah August 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

Hi Stacy! Those bulky projects sure are a pain! I would definitely use a Jean Needle – all purpose thread or heavy duty thread. Try all purpose thread first (good quality), as heavy duty is a little tricky. You’ll need to elongate your stitch and reduce your tension. Test on a scrap piece of fabric first until you get the tension just right. Also, I would use a Jean Jig to cross over those bulky seams – it’s a HUGE help. If your material is super thick, grab a hammer and pound away at the seams before sewing over intersecting seams. I know that sounds crazy, but it breaks down the fabric just enough for the needle to pass through a bit better and it flattens out the seam. Good luck! You can do it!

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Fazilet July 27, 2014 at 3:14 am

I just bought a Brother Industrial Sewing machine and i need to sew light material… Which number should i use?…Where can i purchase it in Toronto?…Thanks

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Sarah July 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

Hi! Do you know the model of your sewing machine? Industrial machines are sometimes a little different – just want to double check needle incompatibilities.

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jane May 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

I sew on a a lot of light weight knits. I was looking at your chart but the sizing of the needles below the description of the needles doesnt give me the size for light weight knit, can you please let me know what size.

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Sarah May 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

Hi Jane! For light weight knit, go for a ballpoint 80/12. For nearly sheer knit, go for 70/10.

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Jack J. Labia May 5, 2014 at 1:19 am

Hi Sarah, I need to make a canvas boat cover (maybe sunbrella material?) This would be my 1st experience and am hoping you could recommend a reasonably priced sewing machine that could handle this task? Any suggestions would be very appreciated! Thanks!

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Sarah May 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

Hi Jack! The Janome Heavy Duty is going to be your best bet. It’s a great machine able to handle heavy material at a great price: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/janome-hd1000-sewing-machine.aspx

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Barbara April 2, 2013 at 4:01 am

This is a wonderful list, I sew a lot and I’m going to copy this and laminate it and keep it by my sewing machine (Singer, of course).

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maria Ruiz March 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I have a singer sawing machine that was made in 1937 the model number is AE424712 i use to bay the needles with the number 90-60 i can find them in any fabric store would you know where i can get them thank you

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Sarah March 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Hi Maria!
I did a little research and found some information on your machine. AE424712 is the serial number for a Singer 95 – quite an lovely antique! I reviewed the manual and it says you can use these needles in your machine – https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needle-singer-10pk-88×1-16.aspx
Please let me know if you need anything else!
-Sarah

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crystal October 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm

I am making a potholder It has 2 cotton and 2 backing. what size needle. so 4 layers altogeather

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Sarah October 6, 2015 at 9:06 am

I’d go with a 100/16. Good luck!

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