Selecting the correct needle for your project is just as important as selecting the fabric, thread and stabilizer. There are different sizes and types of needles for different types of fabric. The European metric sizing system for sewing machine needles is numbered from 60 to 110. The American sizing system is numbered from 8 to 18. For both sizing systems, the lower the number the finer the needle and the higher the number the larger the needle. Most needle companies show both sizes on the package. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind: the lighter the fabric the smaller the needle size and the heavier the fabric the larger the needle size. Many times the thread you will be using for your sewing project will also determine the type of needle you choose. For example, when using a fine, delicate thread, be sure to use a smaller needle size.
Pins and needles can make or break a project. Did you know that the needles you choose for your project can affect the outcome? Not every machine has universal needles, and not every pin can perfectly complete a project.
Before starting any project, you will want to take a look at your thread of choice, the fabric of choice, stitch type, and if you are doing any embroidery or if it is just going to be functional stitch work.
Every sewing machine is different. Most sewing machines use a 130/705 needle system. However, if you have a commercial sewing machine, you may want to look at the manual to see which needles are required. Some Singer sewing needle packs have a Q needle. You will have to keep an eye out when purchasing them because those needles are only for quilting.
Like mentioned before, the thread size can affect the needle chosen. If you have a thick thread, typically used for outdoor furniture, canvas, etc. you will need a needle with a larger eye. If you aren’t paying attention, the thread may not be able to fit through the needle.
It’s also important to keep in mind that some needles and pins have different weights. If you are using a thicker needle, you can break your sewing machine if it can’t handle it. Likewise, you can snap your needle in half if you aren’t using one that is thick enough.
Pins are crucial when sewing. They can be the difference between a straight line, and a crooked one. Although you can have guidelines, fabrics can move. You don’t want your sewing project to be ruined because you didn’t choose the correct pins, or even use enough pins!
There are tons of different kinds of pins. Some factors to take into consideration include the length, content, width, glass head vs. ballpoint pins, quilting pins, pearlized pins, twist pins, t-pins, and more!
Each pin was created with a different job to do. They specialize in specific fabrics and can have a huge impact on your final project. Make sure you do your research to find out which pins you need for your project.
GoldStar Tool has everything you will need when it comes to pins and needles. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to our customer service team. We are here to resolve any remaining issues that you may have before purchasing your products.