Types of Needles
- Universal Point - Point is slightly rounded. All purpose needle for sewing wovens and knits.
- Ball Point - Point is more rounded than Universal, designed to slide between yarns of knit fabrics without snagging.
- Sharp/ Microtex - Sharp point for perfect straight stitches. Ideal for silks, microfibers, and heirloom sewing.
- Denim/Jeans - Very sharp point and stiff shank for stitching tightly woven fabrics like denim, canvas, and multiple fabric layers.
- Hemstitch/Wing - Wide "wings" on sides of needle create openwork stitching in tightly woven fabrics, such as linen and batiste. Use for hemstitching and heirloom embroidery.
- Leather - Wedge shaped point pierces real leather and suede, creating small stitch holes and strong seams. Never use on woven or knit fabrics.
- Machine Embroidery - Designed with a special scarf and large eye to prevent shredding and breakage when stitching dense designs with rayon and special machine embroidery threads.
- Metallica - Special scarf prevents skipped stitches; the large eye accommodates heavier threads and the large groove prevents shredding of delicate metallic threads.
- Quilting - Tapered needle with sharp point for stitching through multiple fabric layers and intersecting seams.
- Stretch - Special design prevents skipped stitches on swimwear and knit fabrics that contain spandex or Lycra as well as synthetic suedes.
- Topstitch - Extra sharp point with an extra large eye and large groove to accommodate topstitching thread.
Double (Twin) & Triple Needles
Double and triple needles are designed with two or three shafts on a crossbar that extends from a single shank. Use for pintucking, heirloom sewing, decorative topstitching and hemming.
Change needles frequently. A dull needle or one that has a burr can cause the thread to break or snag the fabric. Bent needles can break or cause skipped stitches.
Note: This information was taken from Joann.com