When Should You Change Your Needles? Let's Get To The Point! By Deborah Jones

Perhaps you faithfully change your needles with every eight of stitching - or at the beginning of every important project. That's good! And did you know that it's likely that you need to change not just the needle - but also the point type of the needle in your machine for certain fabric types?

You see, there are lots of point types for needles, with the two main categories being ball points and sharp points

Most embroidery needles have what's called a light ball point. That makes it suitable for knits because its slightly blunter point doesn't cut the interlocking yarns. In other words, the light ball point helps protect the structural integrity of the knit.

Sharps on the other hand, excel at making a clean penetration in woven materials such as quilting cottons and hankies, helping to reduce the tendency of these fabrics to pucker when embroidered. Of course tough synthetic woven materials such as those used in windbreakers are also prime candidates for a sharp needle point.

So if you thought that puckered embroidery on woven materials was the result of your design or stabilizer, it could just be as simple as changing not just your needle, but also your needle point type.

Watch this short video to learn more about uses for sharp points and ball points as well as blade sizes.

We have created the Flat Shank Needle Sampler Pack which is a must have in your embroidery studio  This contains a great variety of needles to help create perfect embroidery projects.

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