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The European metric sizing system for sewing machine needles is numbered from 60 to 110. The American sizing system is numbered from 8 to 18. For both sizing systems, the lower the number the finer the needle and the higher the number the larger the needle. Most needle companies show both sizes on the package.

## How do you read a needle size?

The general rule is the bigger the size number, the bigger the needle! And the thinner the fabric you are using, the smaller the needle size you will need, and vice versa for thicker fabrics (you will need a larger needle).

## What do the numbers mean on needles?

The numbers on sewing machine needle packages represent the thickness of the fabric you are able to sew with the needles. The larger the numbers the thicker the fabric you can sew. Conversely, smaller numbers are for sewing finer fabrics.

## What do the 2 numbers on sewing machine needles mean?

The numbers on a sewing machine needle denote its size. Every sewing machine needle has two numbers divided by a slash, for example, 90/14. The larger the number, the thicker the needle. The larger number to the left is for the European sizing system, which ranges from 60 to 120.

## How do you read sewing machine needles?

The American system uses 8 to 19, 8 being a fine needle and 19 being a thick heavy needle. European sizes range from 60 to 120, 60 being a fine needle and 120 being a thick heavy needle. Either way, the higher the number, the thicker/heavier the needle.

## What size needle should I use for sewing cotton?

What size sewing machine needle do I need?

Size 10 = 70
No 80 = Cotton shirting, quilting cotton,
No 90 = Linen, linen union curtain fabrics, cushion fabrics, cotton sateen curtain linings,
No 100 = Denim
No 110 = Upholstery fabrics and canvas weight fabrics, leather, pvc and vinyls

## How can you tell which hand sewing needle to use?

A hand sewing needle has an “eye” at one end with a point at the opposite end. The length of a hand will vary between type and size. Typically, a larger needle is longer than a smaller needle.

## What is a 90 14 needle?

90/14 – suitable for medium weight fabrics, e.g. slightly heavier weight cotton, polyester, linen, lightweight upholstery fabric. Light Weight Fabrics. Lighter weight fabrics such as silk (chiffon, organza, crepe-de-chine) will require a smaller sized needle. The lighter the fabric the smaller the needle required.

## What do the colors mean on a sewing machine needle?

Most, but not all, household needles now have two bands of color. The top color band indicates needle type and the lower color band indicates needle size. Due to special features, SCHMETZ Universal, Hemstitch, Double Eye, and Quick Threading needles only have one color band to identify needle size.

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## What is an 80 12 needle used for?

Double Eye 80/12 A Universal needle with two eyes, used on wovens and knits. Used with two threads for topstitching, shading and texturing effects and for embroidery. Stretch 75/11, 90/14 The medium ball point, special eye and scarf are specially designed to prevent skipped stitches.

## What is a 80 11 needle used for?

SINGER regular point needles are designed for standard stitching performed by a machine. Needles are size 80/11, best for lightweight woven fabrics. Needles can be used by SINGER, Brother, Kenmore and other quality sewing machines.

## What are 75 11 needles used for?

Needle Sizes

Size Benefit
75/11 Standard needle size and good for the majority of embroidery applications.
80/12 Largest of the more common needles. Often used caps with buckram backing or cotton duct jackets to help alleviate thread breaks.
90/14 Used with some specialty and metallic threads.

## Do all sewing machines use the same needles?

The first thing to know is that sewing machines needles are standardised. They are compatible across the range of brands, including Janome, Brother, Husqvarna, Elna, Pfaff etc. … The number of different types and sizes of machine needle can seem a bit bewildering at first.

## Are there different lengths of sewing machine needles?

Size codes

Most sewing machine needles will have packaging that gives both of these numbers in its size description — (e.g. as either 100/16 or 16/100). The length of all sewing machine needles has been standardized and does not require a separate code.