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Most Sewing Machine Needles Are Universal

by: Kelsi Watts - Most sewing machine needles are designed to be universal, which means they can be used with a wide range of sewing machines. However, it's always a good idea to check the specific compatibility of the needle with your sewing machine before using it.

This will help ensure that the needle is the correct size and type for your machine and that it will function properly.

There are a few different factors to consider when choosing a sewing machine needle, including the size, type, and brand. The size of the needle is important because it determines the thickness of the needle and how easily it will pierce the fabric.

The type of needle is important because different types of needles are designed for specific types of sewing, such as quilting or embroidery. The brand of the needle can also be important, as some brands are known for their high quality and durability.

It's important to choose the right needle for your sewing machine and your specific sewing needs. This will help ensure that your sewing machine functions properly and produces high-quality stitches.


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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.

Most sewing machine needles are universal

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 80 12 sewing needles are used for

80/12 sewing needles are for use ball point applications with all-purpose thread. Ball point needles are made especially for sewing T-shirt and jersey fabric. Ball point tips don't damage or break fibers when they pierce these types of fabric.

Difference between stretch and ballpoint needles

Stretch needles have a specially shaped 'scarf' or groove on the back side which ballpoint needles don't have. Stretch needles are designed to push through stretchy fabrics, like those used for most swimwear. Ballpoint needles tend to miss more stitches than stretch needles in stretchy fabrics.

Sewing machine needles that work on leather

Cutting point sewing machine needles work well on heavy leather materials. For lighter weight leather something like an R point Groz-Beckert sewing needle works well. R point needles are considered sharp enough to punch through light leather quite easily.

Embroidery needles vs sewing needles

Embroidery needles have larger eyes than regular sewing needles to accommodate embroidery thread. The sharp tips on embroidery needles penetrate tightly woven fabric and felt better. Embroidery needles, sometimes called crewel needles, are used for crewel embroidery

Why you should stitch in the ditch

Stitching in the ditch, also known as sewing between quilting borders, helps stabilize fabric and maintain straight lines while quilting. Stitching in the ditch is optional but can prevent pattern distortion and should be done before adding any quilting design above the border.

Singer sewing machines use the same needles

Singer quality-crafted machine needles are strong and durable enough for denim fabric hems or industrial zippers. Intended for all-purpose use, with regular point needles for use on woven fabrics, Singer needles are universal, super-strong and fit all home sewing machines.

What 70 10 sewing needles are for

70 10 sewing needles have a slightly rounded point and are best for projects with woven fabric and knits. 70 10 needles are excellent all purpose needles that works with any household sewing machine brand. Brocade, fleece, thin leather and velvet also work well with 70 10 needles.

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