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What Needles Can Be Used With a Serger?

by Sarah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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168 comments

Margaret August 10, 2019 - 5:32 pm

I have a Baby Lock Imagine serger that’s about 20 years old. Can I used regular sewing machine needles in it? What kind of needles to you suggest for sewing on fleece? Thanks!

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Lucie Bombardier July 25, 2019 - 8:56 pm

Hi! Just got an Omega overlock 15j134 what kind of needles do. I need and which one for what kind of fabric. Thank you

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CustomerService August 1, 2019 - 12:50 pm

Hello Lucie,

I have been unable to locate a manual to specify what fabrics you can sew with this machine; however, I was able to find some needles noted for your machine. They can be located via the link:
https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/organ-ball-point-needle-new-home-15x1b-11.aspx?

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edith July 15, 2019 - 2:55 pm

I have what appears to be an ancient bernette overlock machine type 204. I can’t find a manual for it, so I have no idea what needles to use. All I know is that they must need to be much shorter than anything anyone has suggested otherwise the top looper rams into it and snaps it off. Can you help?

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CustomerService July 16, 2019 - 1:51 pm

Hello Edith!

According to my records, the Bernette MO204 takes a 15×1 needle. A couple of options can be viewed via the links:
https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-15×1-10pk.aspx?
https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx?

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Christina Wilson May 21, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Hi, I think this is exactly where I need to be. I was just gifted a HuskyLock 234D which is over 20 years old. What needles can I use? (The instruction manual calls for TEx1 or DB x1). I have looked for these and can’t find.

Thanks!!
Christina

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CustomerService May 21, 2019 - 1:42 pm

Hello Christina,

The TEX1 and DBX1 are equivalent needles. You can find the requested needles via the link: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/needles-organ-type-16×257-10pk.aspx?

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Kristen Long April 11, 2019 - 9:27 pm

I have a singer professional 5 and according to the book I should buy 2022 needles well I prefer Schmitz needles what would you recommend?

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CustomerService August 20, 2019 - 1:30 pm

The Schmetz equivalent is the 705H series needles. You can get the universal Schmetz 705H needles here: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx?

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Nancy Nusser February 24, 2019 - 2:20 pm

I inherited my Mother’s White Speedylock 1500 serger when she passed. What kind/brand of needles should be used?? The instructional book wasn’t very helpful.

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CustomerService February 26, 2019 - 1:47 pm

I am showing that the White 1500 machine takes the universal needles. You can purchase them below:

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx?

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Anthony January 22, 2019 - 5:27 pm

My singer 14U44B (early ’90s) needs new needles. The ones on it were 14/90 blue. Went to the local textile store and was told the 14/90 they sell for straight stitch should fit and the needles for straight stitch are no different than serger/overlock except that they are cheaper. The serger needles they had were a different size (something like 12/80). Should I see if these needles fit? should I avoid them? This article says if your machine is more than 20 years old, stick with the original needles.

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CustomerService January 23, 2019 - 9:16 am

Hello Anthony! I am showing that your machine takes the DBX1 or 2054-42 Serger needles. As long as you use these needles, any size will fit. We have sizes 75/10 to 100/16 available. You can view those needles via the link below:

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/singer-2054-serger-needles-10pk.aspx?

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Jane Arcelay December 9, 2018 - 4:55 pm

I have just received a SergeMaster4300 it was bought at a yard sale last year ,I have no idea how old it is It came with a manual , so I have threaded it and it seem to be working ok tension is really messed up will have to work on it The thing the left needle broke I went to JoAnns and the woman there said no way I could use the needles they sell because they are only for Viking And singer machines. Hopefully she is wrong . She wouldn’t even let me look at them Really Rude she was

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CustomerService December 13, 2018 - 9:26 am

I do apologize, but we do not have any information on that machine to find the type of needles that are compatible. However, the manual should list the type of needles that are compatible. Does it list the “type” or “system” of needle it uses in the manual?

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Jo Ann Derry-Bernardo November 25, 2018 - 5:53 pm

My friend has a old baby lock BLS300 limited edition serger.(number on back is 880z). The needle for this serger is shorter than any needle I have, even the suggested DCx1 needle. Any help with what needle to purchase? Also she has lost the wire converter that allows the bypass of upper looper, is there’s replacement? Or is this machine just too old?

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CustomerService November 28, 2018 - 10:40 am

I apologize, but we do not have any information on that machine to find the needle or the wire converter that is guaranteed to work with the machine. I would suggest contacting Babylock directly at 1-800-313-4110 to see if they would have more information. I am sorry I was not able to help you!

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Anthony November 9, 2018 - 10:21 am

I have a Brother 3034D serger and sew a LOT of fleece and knit ribbing. What type needle should I order to produce the best results? I LOVE my Brother serger and I know it is time to replace the needles because now when going over joined seams it is starting to complain. However these needles have lasted 6 months!!!

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CustomerService November 9, 2018 - 2:53 pm

Hello Anthony! I would suggest using the Stretch Needles Size 90/14 for sewing on fleece and knit. You can view those needles via the link below:

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/stretch-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx?variant_id=2634

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Anthony November 10, 2018 - 4:38 pm

Thank you so much for the PROMPT response – WOW!!! I will be ordering ASAP!!

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Diane VanDorn October 27, 2018 - 7:22 am

Hello,

I have a Janome Harmony 9102D. I broke both needles today as I left in a pin . I have never replaced the needles. Can you please send me direction on what kind of needles I can purchase to replace them?

Grateful for your your help,
Diane

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CustomerService October 30, 2018 - 1:38 pm

Your machine takes the universal needles. You can purchase the universal needles via the link below:

https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/universal-needles-schmetz-5-pack.aspx?

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Ann July 16, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Hi Sarah
Thanks for the great videos and hints

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CustomerService July 18, 2018 - 1:50 pm

You’re so welcome! Thanks for watching!

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CustomerService July 19, 2018 - 11:28 am

You’re so welcome! Thank you for watching!

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Chloe April 12, 2018 - 8:57 am

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

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T May 4, 2018 - 12:10 pm

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

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CustomerService May 4, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Thank you for assisting! This information is accurate.

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Shamin Naicker March 23, 2018 - 5:39 pm

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

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CustomerService April 27, 2018 - 9:31 am

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

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Isla March 11, 2018 - 6:19 pm

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

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CustomerService April 26, 2018 - 11:30 am

Hello

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

Have a great day.

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Laura March 9, 2018 - 10:31 am

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

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Sarah March 13, 2018 - 9:09 am

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

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Ro February 18, 2018 - 3:31 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Sarah January 30, 2018 - 9:31 am

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

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krishan lal February 19, 2018 - 4:32 pm

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

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Sarah February 20, 2018 - 10:26 am

Hi! Thank you for sharing that tip!

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Charles Tinsley January 10, 2018 - 8:03 am

Needles go a brother lock 626

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Sarah January 10, 2018 - 7:09 pm

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

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Veronica Thao March 6, 2018 - 7:33 pm

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

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Sarah March 12, 2018 - 10:57 am

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

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Mary January 3, 2018 - 8:21 am

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

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Sarah January 17, 2018 - 10:29 am

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

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Christine December 21, 2017 - 12:26 am

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

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Sarah December 21, 2017 - 4:04 pm

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

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Laura December 22, 2017 - 2:36 pm

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

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Sarah December 29, 2017 - 12:01 pm

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

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GK JONES December 10, 2017 - 4:29 am

CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT NEEDELS I BUY FOR ELNA 664 OVERLOCKER

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Sarah December 12, 2017 - 11:42 am Reply
Becky Coleman November 29, 2017 - 10:21 pm

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

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

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

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Sarah November 27, 2017 - 5:08 pm

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

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Kathleen November 12, 2017 - 5:47 pm

Looking for overlocker needles brother 546D

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

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

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

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

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Sarah October 16, 2017 - 10:07 am

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

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Kathy Dardick August 20, 2017 - 11:05 am

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

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Sarah August 21, 2017 - 8:39 am

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

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Tania July 28, 2017 - 9:46 am

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

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Sarah July 28, 2017 - 12:37 pm

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

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J S July 24, 2017 - 11:53 am

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

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Sarah July 24, 2017 - 3:49 pm

Hi! Perhaps. What needles are you using?

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Debi July 17, 2017 - 3:35 pm

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

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Sarah July 17, 2017 - 4:56 pm

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

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Debi July 18, 2017 - 4:57 pm

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

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Sarah July 19, 2017 - 8:58 am

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

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Rebekah June 14, 2017 - 11:46 pm

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

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Sarah June 15, 2017 - 8:56 am

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

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tanyap April 2, 2017 - 5:59 pm

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

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tanyap April 2, 2017 - 11:32 pm

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

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Sarah April 3, 2017 - 10:09 am

Thanks for sharing!

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Sarah April 3, 2017 - 10:04 am

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

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Mehzabeen Patel March 14, 2017 - 6:39 pm

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

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

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

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Sarah February 15, 2017 - 10:23 am

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

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Rose January 19, 2017 - 11:06 am

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

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Sarah January 19, 2017 - 4:29 pm

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

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Rose January 19, 2017 - 5:47 pm

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

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Karen January 31, 2017 - 12:51 pm

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

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Leonie December 9, 2016 - 11:30 am

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

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Leonie December 9, 2016 - 11:47 am

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

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Leonie December 9, 2016 - 11:50 am

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

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Sarah December 9, 2016 - 2:06 pm

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

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Barbara October 13, 2016 - 11:02 am

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

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Ellen October 13, 2016 - 11:35 am Reply
Lorraine October 10, 2016 - 4:39 am

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

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Ellen October 10, 2016 - 9:09 am

Hi Lorraine

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

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Ann Hubbard September 12, 2016 - 9:35 am

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

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Ellen September 12, 2016 - 10:25 am

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

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Karen Peppers August 20, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Where can I buy HA*1 serger needles?

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Ellen August 22, 2016 - 8:25 am

Hello Karen

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

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Cyndi July 21, 2016 - 11:36 am

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

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Ellen July 21, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Hello Cyndi

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

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Shirley June 23, 2016 - 9:31 pm

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

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Sarah June 24, 2016 - 7:23 am

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

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Rosa June 29, 2016 - 7:48 pm

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

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Ellen June 30, 2016 - 8:37 am

Hello Rosa

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

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Susan June 13, 2016 - 3:35 pm

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

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Ellen June 14, 2016 - 8:29 am

Hi Susan!

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

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Milton Skinner May 6, 2016 - 10:43 pm

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

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Ellen May 23, 2016 - 8:55 am

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

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Milton Skinner June 2, 2016 - 10:08 am

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

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Ellen June 2, 2016 - 12:30 pm

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

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Nicole Holloway January 16, 2018 - 8:14 pm

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

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Sue Wilson May 2, 2016 - 9:52 am

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

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Ellen May 2, 2016 - 3:54 pm

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

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Terrie February 19, 2016 - 2:05 pm

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

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Ellen April 6, 2016 - 4:14 pm

Hello Terrie

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

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Roz November 22, 2015 - 6:12 pm

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

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Sarah November 27, 2015 - 4:36 pm

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

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danae November 11, 2015 - 11:28 pm

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

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Sarah November 27, 2015 - 3:34 pm

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

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B Lake November 10, 2015 - 5:25 am

what size needle for bl097

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Sarah November 11, 2015 - 2:29 pm

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

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Pam September 20, 2015 - 11:56 pm

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

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Sarah September 25, 2015 - 12:05 pm

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

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Angela December 11, 2016 - 11:14 pm

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

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