Best sewing machine needles for reliable stitches – ARTnews.com


Sewing machines are wonderful tools for creating fashion, making household items such as curtains, mending clothes, and producing fiber art. High quality sewing machine needles ensure your machine will perform at its best. The right needle works evenly without snagging or creating tracks in the fabric, gliding easily and quickly through fabric layers for precise and fabulous results. Sewing machine needles are available in different thicknesses. Those designated 70/10 are the thinnest and best for sewing lightweight fabrics such as silk; 80/11 needles work best with medium weight fabrics like cotton; and 90/14 needles are best suited for medium to heavy fabrics. Needles marked 100/16 are ideal for heavy fabrics like denim, and needles marked 110/18 are extra thick and sew heavier fabrics better, such as upholstery. Browse our reviews of the best needles to choose the ones that best suit your needs.

1. Euro-Notions universal machine needles

Quilters, fashion designers, and artisans seek out Schmetz sewing machine needles for their general sewing needs. This set contains Schmetz basic needles: 70/10, 80/11 and 90/14. The needle tips are slightly rounded allowing use on fabrics and knits. They glide easily through all types of textiles for precise, crisp seams. They don’t bend or break easily – it’s not uncommon for them to last for years. They are compatible with most sewing machines.

To buy:
Euro-Notions Universal Machine Needles

$ 5.67

2. Singer Heavy Duty Machine Needles

Singer’s heavy-duty needles, size 110/18, are ideal for sewing heavy materials such as denim, draperies, wool, corduroy, canvas and vinyl. Their tips are super sharp and effectively puncture thick layers of fabric without binding, breaking or settling. The sturdy needles are great for sewing heavy canvas bags, adding zippers to coats, and sewing tents, but they are not intended for normal use and may leave holes in thin or medium fabrics. These needles are compatible with most sewing machines. The needle tips are gray for easy recognition.

To buy:
Singer Heavy Duty Machine Needles

$ 8.95

3. Organ needles

Educators rely on durable, high-performance needles to teach beginners the basics of machine sewing. Durable and affordable, especially in this 10 pack of 10 needles each, organ needles are ideal for classrooms and art centers on a budget. These 80/12 needles have a slightly rounded point and are perfect for mid-weight fabrics like cotton and polyester. They also work well on delicate and thicker fabrics: no creases, no snags, no jump stitches. Organ needles are made by Brother and work best with Brother machines, but they work well with most other machines as well.

To buy:
Organ hands

$ 10.50

4. Superior Threads Topstitch Needles

If you are an avid sewing machine quilter, Superior Threads 100/16 needles are for you. They are designed for thick fabric layers and the outside of each needle is coated with titanium nitride for a frictionless seam, allowing them to last six to eight times longer than normal. The needles have an elongated eye to accommodate heavier threads, such as quilting and filling threads, and a sharp point to slide through layers of fabric. These needles are also excellent for embroidery and appliqué and for sewing medium to heavy fabrics.

To buy:
Superior Threads Topstitch Needles

5. Janome blue point needles

Janome needles are designed for Janome sewing machines, but can work with most other brands of machines. These needles are perfect for machine embroidery: they have a slightly larger eye for thicker thread and their size is 75/11. They are sharp and slide through layers of fabric without skipping stitches, snagging or tamping the fabric, or breaking. Janome Blue Tip needles (blue for easy identification) work well with pre-programmed satin stitches, and straight stitches look nice and crisp.

To buy:
Janome blue point needles

$ 6.75


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