Choosing the correct sewing machine needle – Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Stitch Quality is dependent on using the correct needle for your thread, fabric and the type of machine sewing you need to do for your project. When the wrong needle is used you may get stitching that puckers, skips or the thread may break.
Consider fabric weight, thickness, weave type (woven or knit), weave density (close weave or loose weave) and composition (natural fibre or synthetic).
Consider matching your thread composition to your fabric (polyester thread for synthetics, cotton for cotton fabrics etc.) and to your sewing purpose (seams, hems, topstitching, quilting, machine embroidery etc.)
After selecting your fabric and thread type the final consideration is the style and size of needle to achieve the best results.
3. NEEDLE STYLE
If your project or thread is specialised, choose your needle based on that rather than fabric type e.g. embroidery, quilting and twin needle work have a specific needle while there is a specific thread for topstitching which requires a certain needle.
If your project involves general sewing or overlocking, base your needle choice on the characteristics of the fabric you are sewing with. For instance are you working with woven fabrics (heavy or light denim jeans), leather, or stretch fabric?
4. NEEDLE SIZE
When you have chosen the type of needle you must also choose the size (width) of the needle.
All Kalsse’ machine needles are stamped with the needle type and size. The needles are stamped on the curved side of the needle shank with metric and imperial sizes followed by relevant needle mark codes (K0, K1, K2, etc).
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