SCHMETZ is internationally known as the finest sewing machine needle manufacturer in the world. Sewers everywhere count on the quality of their products. Your choice of high quality sewing machine needles can result in the same high quality of maintaining smooth, even stitches in your work. The details on sewing machine needle use and selection below is taken from their website. You can find Schmetz Needles on our website here.
Choosing a Sewing Machine Needle
SCHMETZ makes a variety of needles created especially to do particular sewing jobs very well. What many sewers dont know is how to choose the correct type and size of needle for the work that they are doing. It is crucial to choose the correct needle to complement your thread choice and the kind of sewing work that you are doing.
Many just continue to use the needle that came in their machine until it breaks. Sewing machine needles are not indestructible. They will not last forever. The points get dull from repeated use and the shaft may get bent from hitting pins in the fabric. A general rule of thumb is to replace the needle after eight (8) hours of use and at the beginning of each project. Each time you buy thread or fabric you should be asking yourself what kind of needle will work best with the project you have in mind.
Choose your needle size based on the type and weight of thread that is being used as well as the fabric that is being sewn. The goal is to have the needle slide easily through the fabric without damaging the fibers or creating too large of a hole, and to carry the thread smoothly without damaging it when sewing.
Change Your Needle - Damaged or worn needles result in:
Broken or shredded threads
Skipped or uneven stitches
Puckered or damaged fabrics
Popping sounds made by sewing machine
Replace Your Needle. Its the easiest way to improve your stitch quality.