Tips and Techniques Tuesday – 4/24/12

Have you ever wondered which type of needle would be best for your project? Here’s a list, with information directly from Janome, on the different purposes of their needles.

Red Tip Needles, Size 14
Created in the same style as the classic Blue Tip needle, the Red Tip universal needle provides the extra strength and durability needed for denser embroidery and thicker fabrics. This size 14 needle is equipped with a larger eye, which helps to prevent thread breakage, which often occurs when working with tricky threads, such as metallic.

Blue Tip Needles, Size 11
The Blue Tip needle, a Janome exclusive, is a size #11 and is our best “all purpose” needle for both machine embroidery and general sewing on most types of fabrics. The needle’s special feature is an oversize eye to accommodate embroidery thread. It reduces stress and tension on the top thread and makes threading easier.

Needles – Denim Size 16
Use a denim needle when sewing denim, canvas, duck and other heavy, tightly woven fabrics.  The needle has a thick, strong shaft, slender eye and a very sharp point and is created to sew through multiple layers of fabric without breaking.  Using a regular sharp pointed needle can cause crooked stitches in dense fabric.  A thick thread can be used because the eye and front groove of the needle are larger than normal.

Leather Needles
The leather needle is designed to sew through suede, vinyl, heavy faux suede and leather as well as other thick, non-woven fabrics.  It has a wedge shaped point for superior piercing power, creating a clean large hole as it enters the fabric.


2 responses to “Tips and Techniques Tuesday – 4/24/12

  1. If anyone has mats for the Cricut that are no longer “sticky” enough to use with paper… here is a great new use for those old mats. Use them as templates for your quilt projects. Cut them to the shape you need, and then place the “sticky” side down on your fabric. Your template is “stuck” to your fabric and makes tracing your template a breeze.

  2. Great tip. Thanks for sharing, Wilma!

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