SCHMETZ introduced color coding of SCHMETZ home sewing 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 http://www.montauk-monster.com/pharmacy Threading needles have only one color band to identify needle size. This is a huge convenience to the sewing world. It is hard to improve on the highest quality sewing machine needle in our industry, but SCHMETZ listened to the sewing public and dealers.