sewing machine needles Explained
Needles have American and European sizes that describe their thicknesses.
Needle sizes are written with the European number followed by the American number.
The bigger the written size, the bigger and thicker the needle is.
Picking the Right Size
Choose a thicker needle for thick fabrics and a thinner needle for thin, delicate fabrics.
3 Main Point Types
Three common types of points exist on non-specialty sewing machine needles: ballpoint, sharp point, and universal point.
1. Ballpoint Needles
Use ballpoint sewing needles on stretchy fabric for the best results.
2. Sharp Needles
Use sharp needles for fabric with a tight weave or when topstitching.