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Best Sewing Needle Type For Piecing

by: Kelsi Watts - There are a few different needle types that are well-suited for piecing fabrics together. A universal needle is a good place to start because it can handle a wide variety of fabrics and works well for most piecing projects.

Another good option is a sharp needle, which is specifically designed for piecing and is able to penetrate multiple layers of fabric with ease. A topstitch needle is also a good choice for piecing because it is larger and stronger than a standard needle, which makes it well-suited for handling thicker fabrics and multiple layers.

Ultimately, the best needle type for piecing will depend on the specific fabrics and techniques you are using. It's always a good idea to test out a few different needle types to see which one works best for your project.


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Choosing the best needle for free motion quilting

For free motion sewing machine quilting choose the needle size that best suits the weight of your thread. As a general rule 40 wt thread requires a size 75 needle. Unless you are piecing together extra thick padding a small to medium sized needle that is sharp to slightly rounded will work fine.

About size 11 sewing machine needles

Size 11 needles work well on light-medium weight knit fabrics and are the recommended needle size for light to medium weight embroidery. Size 11 works especially well when quilting with polyester thread. A size 11 needle should be part of a good basic sewing kit.

Best sewing needle type for piecing

Needle type that works best on batting

The best needle for batting is the quilting needle because it has a thin shaft. Machine quilting with a quilting needle is ideal for pushing through top, batting and binding materials. The slightly rounded tip and tapered shaft of a quilting needle easily pierces several layers of woven fabric, without damaging them.

How to know what sewing machine needle to use

As a general rule: smaller needles are best used on lighter weight fabric and larger needles work best on heavier weight fabric. The thread used for your sewing project will determine the size and type of needle you choose. In general, product labels will tell you which fabric type they were designed for.

About universal sewing machine needles

Style 2020 needles are universal and used for all woven fabrics. 2020 needles will penetrate the fabric threads of woven fabrics. Style 2045 ball point needles are used for sewing on knits, the rounded tip allows the needle to pass between the fabric threads by separating them.

What 90 100 topstitch needles can do

The topstitch needle is a favorite needle on many home sewing machines. The 90 100 topstitch needle is for quilting, piecing, sewing, and embroidery. A thin layer of embedded titanium nitride makes topstitch needles last up to six times longer than standard needles because they resist abrasion.

Most sewing machine needles are universal

Three common types of sewing needle are sharp, ballpoint, and universal needles. Sharp needles work with all woven fabric. A sharp point is especially helpful when sewing straight lines and tasks such as top stitching. The majority of needles are universal needles.

The best universal sewing needle size

The slightly rounded points of the best universal needles are sharp enough to pierce woven cotton fabrics but not so sharp as to damage knits. They come in sizes ranging from 60/8 to 120/19, however, a good starting point is the 80/12 size. To save money look for assorted needle packs that include two or three different needle sizes.

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