What sewing machine needles do I use?

Here is a quick post about needles! Have you ever thought about it? 

The universal needle is good for pretty much all basic sewing. In fact, this is the needle that comes with most standard sewing machines. This general needle features a slightly rounded point making it good for woven and knit fabrics. For sewing on any regular cotton projects, the universal needle is your best bet. I use the Universal for most of my sewing since I usually use a medium weight fabric.

The Brand I buy is SCHMETZ. All around. 

What do both the numbers mean for sizes? For Instance, the 80/12

  • The American system uses 8 to 19, 8 being a fine needle and 19 being a thick heavy needle.
  • European sizes range from 60 to 120, 60 being a fine needle and 120 being a thick heavy needle.
  • Either way, the higher the number, the thicker/heavier the needle.
  • What do needle size numbers mean? The thickness of the fabric you can sew with the needles is represented by the number on the sewing machine needle packages. The thicker the fabric, the easier it is to sew. Smaller numbers are used to sew fine fabrics.

You can do about 8 hours of sewing with the same needle before throwing it away. You can tell that your needle needs changing by the way that your sewing machine is feeding and by the sound the needle makes when it pierces the fabric. Of course, you should also replace your needle any time it becomes damaged.

I hope this helps!

I will link all the needles here:









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