The Best Sewing Machine Needles For Home Sewing Projects
by: Kelsi Watts
- Groz-Beckert Sewing Machine Needles
- Schmetz Universal – Size 75/11
- Singer Multi 4758 Heavy Duty Machine Needles
- Honeysew Blue, Purple, Red Tip Needles
- 50 Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles
- Organ Flat Shank – size 70/10
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.
Best sewing needle type for piecing
General piecing and machine quilting are best done with an 80 12 needle and for tiny threads use a size 60/8 sewing needle. While you could use a universal needle you might see better results using a skip-free needle with a deeper groove above the eye and a flatter shank.
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.
Most sewing machine needles are universal
The three most common types of needles are sharp, ballpoint, and universal. 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.
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.
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
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.
Needles that fit all sewing machines
Most sewing machine needles work in all sewing machines. Sewing needle brands, such as Schmetz and Singer, work with all sewing machine brands. However, Sergers or overlock machines, embroidery machines, or specialty machines may use non-universal needles.
Schmetz needles work in Singer sewing machines
Schmetz home sewing needles work with all major sewing machine brands including Baby Lock, Brother, Elna, Janome, Husqvarna Viking, New Home, Pfaff and Singer. Home sewing machines use needle system 130/705.