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Needle types and their uses

The sewing machine needle that should be used depends on the fabric and thread thickness. Refer to the
following table when choosing the thread and needle appropriate for the fabric that you wish to sew.
Fabric Type/Application
Medium weight
fabrics
Thin fabrics
Thick fabrics
Stretch fabrics
Easily frayed fabrics
For top-stitching
Note
Never use a thread of weight 20 or lower. It
may cause malfunctions.
■ Thread and needle number
The lower the thread number is, the larger the
thread, and the larger the needle number, the
larger the needle.
■ Ball point needle (gold colored)
To avoid skipped stitches use ball point needles
with stretch fabrics.
■ Transparent nylon thread
Use a 90/14 to 100/16 needle, regardless of the
fabric or thread.
Broadcloth
Cotton thread
Taffeta
Synthetic thread
Flannel, Gabardine
Lawn
Cotton thread
Georgette
Synthetic thread
Challis, Satin
Denim
Cotton thread
Corduroy
Synthetic thread
Tweed
Jersey
Thread for knits
Tricot
Cotton thread
Synthetic thread
Synthetic thread
Thread
Type
60–90
Silk thread
60–90
Silk thread
50–60
Silk thread
50–60
50–90
Silk thread
Silk thread
50–60
■ Embroidery needles
Use a 75/11 home sewing machine needle. When
embroidering on thick fabrics such as denim, use
a 90/14 or 100/16 home sewing machine needle.
CAUTION
● The appropriate fabric, thread and needle
combinations are shown in the table
above. If the combination of the fabric,
thread and needle is not correct,
particularly when sewing thick fabrics
(such as denim) with thin needles (such as
65/9 to 75/11), the needle may bend or
break. In addition, the stitching may be
uneven or puckered or there may be
skipped stitches.
Size of Needle
Size
75/11–90/14
50
65/9–75/11
50
30
100/16
50
90/14–100/16
Ball point needle
75/11–90/14
(golden colored)
65/9–90/14
50
30
100/16
90/11–90/14
Replacing the Needle 41
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