SCHMETZ is internationally known as the finest sewing machine needle manufacturer in the world. Sewers everywhere count on the quality of their products. Your customers’ choice of high quality sewing machine needles can result in the same high quality of maintaining smooth, even stitches in their work. SCHMETZ makes a variety of needles created especially to do particular sewing jobs very well. What many sewers don’t 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 their thread choice and the kind of sewing work that they are doing.
Most sewers don’t have any idea how to choose the correct sewing machine needle for their specific thread and project. Most just continue to use the needle that came in their machine until it breaks. Retailers can help educate their staff and customers about choosing the type and size of needles for each project. Each time a customer buys a thread or fabric ask them if they know what kind of needle will work best with their project. Teach them to look for the brand, the type, and the size of the needle each time they are choosing a needle for a project. Here’s what they (and you and your staff!) need to know.
Choose 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.
SCHMETZ introduced color coding of SCHMETZ Home Sewing Machine Needles (needle system 130/705 H) in early 2014. Most needles 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 have only one color band to identify needle size.
Each package of SCHMETZ needles has European and U.S. size equivalents written at the very bottom of the front of the plastic case. Typically they range from 60/8 (the finest) to 20/120 (the largest). This number, indicating the size, will help determine the suitability of the needles to the fabric, thread size and the kind of sewing being done. In general, the finer the thread and the finer the fabric that is being sewn, the finer the needle should be.
Each package has the name of the needle it contains. These names can help the sewer choose the right type of needle for the work they are about to do (i.e., “Universal,” “Quilting,” “Sharp,” “Metallic,” “Topstitch,” “Embroidery,” etc. Each type of needle is made for a particular job and should be chosen according to the type of fabric and thread used.