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11. All Things Sewing Machine Needles

On this episode I’m breaking down all things sewing machine needles.  I’m explaining exactly what those sizing numbers mean (and it may not be what you think) as well as what needles to use when.  I’m even going over a little needle safety with you, because I want you to stay safe when you’re at your machine!

If you’re like me and like to read and highlight, you can check out the transcript here.

Sewing Machine Needle Sizing:

The first number is the American sizing, the second number is European (metric) sizing.  Most needles show both.

  • Size 9/70 Suitable for light fabrics, silk and taffeta
  • Size 11/80 Suitable for medium fabrics, cotton, linen and satin
  • Size 14/90 Suitable for medium to heavy fabrics, this is an ideal in-between needle
  • Size 16/100 Suitable for heavy fabrics, denim, tweeds, curtain and upholstery fabric

Needle Types

Microtex

Universal

Ball Point

Quilting

Jeans

Metallic

Embroidery

Twin Needle

Top Stitch

Leather

Basic Rules regarding needles:

Switch them out ever 8 hours of sewing OR every 3 bobbins OR at the beginning of every sewing project, whichever comes first.

Never sew over your pins

Always switch out your needle when it gets dull.

And never thread your needle when your machine is on.

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