There are times when my sewing machine seems like it's not sewing well. I check everything I can think of and it hits me - check the needle.
Did you know the needle can be so specific to the fabric and thread you are sewing that it needs to be the right one for the task? Not just close, but the right one.
Sometimes we get in a rush to mend or "put in a quick stitch" that we think it doesn't matter what needle is there and, well...you know the rest of the story. That quick stitch turns into a mess and time wasted. Stay with me and I'll help you sort out the confusion about sewing machine needles.
Tips to Remember
The packages pretty much give you the clue as to the type of fabric and thread you will use the needle for. Some companies stamp the size and type on the needle, such as color coding. . So what is the meaning of the numbers? What more do we know beyond a size?
Rule of thumb; The lighter the fabric, the lower the size of needle. Most packages print both US and EU sizes, reading as 16/100 and 11/75.. Remember to select thread that is the right weight for the fabric and needle size. A few examples are:
Very Fine Fabric = Polyester or Extra Fine Cotton
Light Fabric = Fine mercerized cotton, Cotton/Polyester, Silk
Medium Fabric - All Purpose Cotton or Polyester
Heavy Fabric - Heavy Duty All Purpose Cotton, Polyester or Silk ,
Have I lost you? In case I have, take a look at the line below.
11/75 ---> Light Weight Fabrics -----> Mercerized Cotton, Silk or Polyester Thread
I hope this short post has cleared up at least a bit of confusion when it comes to selecting the right needle for the job. Just remember: the lighter the fabric, the lower the number. With that, I will leave you to your happy place in all the glorious fabric you have!
Remember, I wish you success and inspiration, today and always!