Sewing Machine Needles

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Whether you are a beginner sewer or need a refresher course on sewing machine needles, this quick guide will help you choose the right needle for your project. Ballpoint needles are preferred when working with knitted fabric types. As needles get progressive sharper, they are constructed to work well with tougher materials such as denim and leather.

Needle sizes vary and are designed for working with thinner to thicker threads. Very lightweight needles need a thinner thread to use with materials such as silk and sheers. A medium weight 90/14 needle size serves as a good general size, a little stronger for cotton and quilting fabric types. Heavyweight options from 100 and up are designed to be used with materials such as canvas, denim, upholstery, and multi-layer projects.

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Crystal Ayres, MBA

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The founder of iCraftopia, I specialize in helping the everyday hobbyist and craft entrepreneur find their place in the online marketplace. My primary focus is in mentoring crafters on techniques and strategies that increase their online presence and revenue. In my spare time, I teach craft classes bringing the joy of creativity to others.
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