Sewing from scratch: Machine needles

Everything you need to know about sewing machine needles is here..!

Different types of fabrics require different types of needles. Although a universal needle can work on a variety of fabric types and weights, it is best to use the proper needle for your project to achieve the best result. Here are some of the common types, along with the instructions on how to replace your needle.

Parts of a needle:

Types of needles:

  • Universal needles: Can be used on a variety of fabrics, both knit and woven.
  • Jersey/ballpoint needles are used on knit and stretch fabrics.
  • Stretch: With medium ball point, special eye and scarf area prevent skip stitches especially in highly elastic materials. For elastic materials and highly elastic knitwear.
  • Jeans/denim: These needles have a thick, strong shaft and a very sharp point. They are used for stitching denim, canvas, duck and other heavy, tightly woven fabrics. They are also ideal for stitching through multiple fabric layers without breaking.
  • Microtex or sharp needles work with silk, foils, and faux leathers.
  • Self-threading: Self-threading needles have a slot on one side of the eye, so you can slide the thread through it and into the eye. They are all-purpose needles, available in assorted sizes, with a tiny “V”-shaped slot directly above the eye. To thread the needle, you must stretch the thread across the slot and pull it down into the eye.

How to change a needle:

01. Loosen the needle clamp: Lower the presser foot, or remove the foot to have more space. To Release the needle, loosen the needle clamp screw by than or with the small screwdriver that came with your machine. (sometimes I use a coin)

02Pull out the needle: Notice the direction the flat side of the needle fits in the slot, toward the back or the front. Insert the new needle into place, and tighten the screw to secure.


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