by Gary Walker
We can’t stress enough how important it is to choose the correct type and size machine needle to achieve optimum stitching results.
Most sewers are aware that needles vary in size to accommodate different fabric and thread weights. Universal needles, the most common, vary in size from find 60/8 to thicker 20/120 and larger. A find needle is required for delicate fabrics ie, Batiste and Voile and is used with fine thread such as 80 weight.
- Thread weight runs in the opposite direction to needle size ie, the larger the number the finer the thread).
At the other end of the scale, where several layers of heavy duty canvas are being seamed, a thicker thread will be used and a much larger needle will be required. For general purposes a size 80/12 needle is most commonly chosen.