It is very important to use the correct machine needles when making a quilt so you avoid damaging your fabrics.
The correct needle will assist in producing the best quality stitching, which will enhance your quilt.
The general rules for needle selection are:
For patchwork piecing, (ie sewing your blocks together) using woven fabrics, cotton, polyester and blends, a sharp pointed needle is recommended. Hobbysew recommends a Klasse’ Sharps needle. The size of the needle is dependent on the thread used.
For quilting, (ie sewing through two layers of fabric with batting/wadding in between), use a quilting needle. Hobbysew recommends the Klasse’ Quilting needle.
For embroidery, either straight satin stitch or patterns; or hoop embroidery (manual or computer controlled), always use an embroidery needle. They are specially designed to eliminate excessive holes in the fabric and to ensure better stitch tension for embroidery work. Hobbysew recommends Klasse’ Embroidery needles.
Choosing the correct TYPE of machine needle
If your project or thread is specialised, choose your needle based on that rather than fabric type eg embroidery, quilting, twin needle work.
If your project is general sewing or overlocking, base your needle choice on the characteristics of the fabric eg stretch, denim or leather.
||Very fine synthetics and cottons
||Net, chiffon, nylon sheers
||Voile, chiffon, organza
||Cotton lawn, taffeta, silks, tricots
||Poplin, chintz, gingham, synthetic velvets
||Cord, denim, gabardine, heavy suiting
For more information visit www.klasse.com or check the colour coded range of Klasse needles at your nearest store.
Choosing the correct SIZE machine needle
The size of the needle must match with the thickness of the thread being used. The lower the number, the finer the needle. However, the finer the thread, the higher the number.
When sewing, the thread lies in the needle groove. If the needle is too fine for the thread, the thread will not sit in the groove properly, causing faulty stitching.
Needle Problems –
WHEN IN DOUBT – CHANGE THE NEEDLE!
The needle must be in perfect condition. Stitching problems occur from using a needle that is blunt, bent or the tip has been damaged. Problems that can occur include noisy or jamming machine, skipped stitches, seams that pucker, upper thread breaking or the tension is unbalanced.