Another needle question

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Another needle question
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Sat, 06-27-2009 - 8:51pm

My DSis does bridal work and told me she started using ballpoint needles for fine fabrics, now uses them for everything. What do you think of this? I have only used them for knits in the past.

Jacquie

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Sun, 06-28-2009 - 11:05am

That's one of the reasons why I use Schmetz universal needles. They are not as pointed as Singer red band needles. But not as rounded as the stretch/knit needles. Best of both worlds. The serger I use for bridal takes Singer yellow band needles. I also use small needles, either 9 or 11. 9 in the serger and 11 in the sewing machine.

At home, I also use 11 Schmetz universal needles for wool, linen, and cotton. Even to hem jeans. My serger at home takes Schmetz needles as well. It's nice to only have to buy one brand of needles. Unlike at the bridal shop.

Chris PS I work pt doing bridal alterations and custom work at a bridal shop. My ft ah business is in historical clothing and costume for cosplay.

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Sun, 06-28-2009 - 11:19am

Thanks for the info. Still trying to figure out what the difference is in a ball point needle. I'm faced with a very light knit, then have a stash of Slinky knit I want to work on.

Jacquie

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Sun, 06-28-2009 - 2:45pm

Basically, a ball point needles moves the knit out of the way. A sharp needle pierces the fabric which is ok for wovens but not for knits.

Here are a couple of sites about machine needles:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3752/sewing-machine-needles-an-overview

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3751/machine-needle-know-how

Threads magazine and website is a great place for everything sewing.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett