Hey Girlfriends! Kris here! This post is the second in a series of our weekly “Fri-yay Weekly Demo” series! Our lucky local customers love our weekly in-store demos. Every week we have a new demo at our demo table! I am going to be sharing these demos on our blog, along with releasing the products for those demos every Friday! Now you don’t have to be local to enjoy our in-store demos! Read about last week’s demo on thread here!
Is it just me, or am I the only one that questions which dang needle I need to be using before every project?! Raise your hand if you’re like me and just throw caution to the wind and use the one that is already on your machine… only to break the needle five minutes in! Or even worse… tear the fabric! GULP! I never know which needle to be using with which project!
(Warning… a little bit of nerd coming out of me…) When choosing a needle for a new project, I feel like Harry Potter being fitted for his first wand… it is either a miraculous fit… or a TOTAL disaster!
WELL, I have learned A LOT in the last week, and hopefully this will clear some things up for all of us! Whether you are sewing, embroidering or serging- having the right needle makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
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. Take a look at this little chart to remind you which is which!
Here are the fabrics associated with each size:
Fine or sheer: You will need a fine needle such as an 8/60 needle. Using a 19/20 would leave holes in the fabric.
Heavy fabric: If you were to try and sew through heavy upholstery fabric with an 8/60 needle, it would bend or break. Using a 19/20 provides a needle strong enough to penetrate upholstery fabric and carry a thread strong enough for this type of fabric.
Leather: The point of a leather needle is wedge-shaped so that it penetrates leather and other heavy non-woven fabrics. Sizes Available: 11/75 and 14/90.
Denim: These needles have an extra sharp point and stiff shank, making it a strong needle for sewing tough fabrics and many layers of fabric. Sizes Available: 10/70 through 18/110
Machine Embroidery: These needles are specifically designed to sew dense embroidery designs without shredding machine embroidery thread, such as rayon and polyester thread. Sizes Available: 11/75 and 14/90.
A wing needle: The sides of the wing needle shank are flared and create openwork stitching on woven fabrics. Sizes Available: 16/100 and 19/120.
Always test your thread and fabric combination on scraps of fabric rather than the item you are working on. Consider the needle as a dangerous pair of scissors going into your fabric. You may find a needle size listed as 90/14 or 14/90. The order of the numbers does not affect the size.
Good luck Girlfriends!