Quick Answer: What Do Needle Size Numbers Mean?

Do all needles fit all sewing machines?

Each type of needle also comes in a number of sizes.

When we talk about the size of the needle we are not referring to its length (all sewing machine needles for household machines are of the same length).

We are referring instead to to the diameter of the needle shaft..

How do you read a needle size?

Sewing Machine Needle SizesThe American system uses 8 to 19, 8 being a fine needle and 19 being a thick heavy needle.European sizes range from 60 to 120, 60 being a fine needle and 120 being a thick heavy needle.Either way, the higher the number, the thicker/heavier the needle.

What is a 90 14 needle used for?

90/14 – suitable for medium weight fabrics, e.g. slightly heavier weight cotton, polyester, linen, lightweight upholstery fabric. Lighter weight fabrics such as silk (chiffon, organza, crepe-de-chine) will require a smaller sized needle. The lighter the fabric the smaller the needle required.

What do the two numbers mean on sewing machine needles?

The numbers on sewing machine needle packages represent the thickness of the fabric you are able to sew with the needles. The larger the numbers the thicker the fabric you can sew. Conversely, smaller numbers are for sewing finer fabrics.

What is a 70 10 needle used for?

Sizes Description Denim/ Jeans Heavy wovens and denims 70/10 – 110/18 These needles have a thick, strong shaft and a very sharp point. They are used for stitching denim, canvas, duck and other heavy, tightly woven fabrics. They are also ideal for stitching through multiple fabric layers without breaking.

What is a 16 100 needle used for?

Large needle sizes – 100/16 and 120/18 – These are for heavyweight, tough fabrics, like thick leather, heavyweight canvas, and dense upholstery fabrics. They are used with heavyweight threads such as upholstery and topstitching threads.