Which Sewing Machine Needle Should I Use?
Posted January 14, 2009on:
This is one of the most asked questions in my store:
“How do I know which sewing machine needle I should use?”
Almost all over-the-counter needles that you can buy are for all household machines: one side is flat, one is round.
The 3 brands that I sell are:
Schmetz: a German company that makes a superior needle in many different styles.
Organ: I carry them only in bulk for dressmakers, not the best quality but quite servicable, I use them very often because they are very reasonable.
Singer: most people ask for these right up front, somehow the singer name is still synonymous with sewing. What I like about Singer is that the color code all their needles so you don’t have to guess what is in the machine. Red band [red color on top] are for regular sewing of woven fabrics. Size 14 is also the average size, use a higher number for heavier fabrics and a lower for lighter weight. The red band needles have a sharp point. Yellow band [yellow top] are for stretch fabrics. The point of these needles are actually rounded a little [seen only through a microscope] so that when you sew knits the needle slips between the threads so as not to break them and maybe cause a run. You would also use a very small number yellow band for very fine chiffons.