I love to sew for myself, but it’s really magical teaching someone else how to sew. When they learn a new skill or sew a sleeve for the first time, I see the confidence and excitement in their eyes. It makes it all worth it!
I can’t have everyone in a classroom with me, so sharing a blog post with sewing tips and tutorials is the next best thing. Do you want to learn about different sewing machine needles?
I feel like I’ve learned a lot about different fabrics, fabric weights, and using the right sewing machine needles in the last couple of years. I have been sewing for a long time, and I’ve made so many mistakes. I’ve used the wrong needle on fabric and basically ruined the fabric.
Sometimes I’m lazy and don’t change my needle when I need to, but the important thing is that I’ve learned from my mistakes. The right sewing machine needle can make or ruin your sewing project! Here’s a graphic for how different sewing machine needles!

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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13 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Needles

  1. Very nice post. Thanks for sharing such a useful post.

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    Posted on September 1, 2016 at 5:14 am
  2. Thank you for tips and lessons, they help bring back lessons forgotten when you stopped sewing for a long while, lol shame on me.

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:12 am
  3. I've been looking for a needle reference for a long time and you nailed it! Clear easy to read descriptions and good to have on hand for deciding which needle should I use. Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on July 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  4. I have been wanting to make leather paneled sweatshirts for a while, but have not started because leather needles and knit needles are opposite. what is the solution for seams where leather joins a knit? I dont want holes in the jersey.

    Posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    1. I would use a leather needle and always sew with the leather on top. I think that would be the safest. Good luck!

      Posted on March 21, 2013 at 2:51 am
  5. Leather needles have a cutting blade on one side of the tip – an important feature to note.

    Posted on March 2, 2013 at 6:33 pm
  6. This is a great reference! Thanks:) I was having some serious trouble with a knit fabric that I was making cloth wipes out of…I figured it was probably the needle. I didn't realize the different thread weights made much of a difference either, so that's good to know!

    Posted on September 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
  7. Thanks so much for this! I had no idea the points of the needles were so different for each kind of fabric. Makes perfect sense.

    Jan

    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm
  8. Brilliant! What a great idea.

    Posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm
  9. Super awesome, good work.

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm
  10. Great reference- I just bookmarked it!

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm
  11. so…which is best for sewing multiple layers of fleece? I have a problem with skipped stitches.

    Posted on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm
    1. HI! In the past when sewing fleece (a fluffy fleece vest)I have good luck using a stretch or ballpoint needle in a 14. I also had the skipped stitches and puckering. So, I adjusted my machine to make the stitches a bit longer and loosening the tension a bit and that combined with sewing a little slower solved the problem. Hope this helps!

      Posted on September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm