Sewing Machine Needle Sizes
We usually don’t think about how sewing machine needle sizes will affect a project when we sit down to sew. But the truth is that your sewing machine needle plays a vital role in the performance of your sewing machine. And using the wrong size needle for the job can potentially cause you some frustration down the road.
A handy reference chart about Needle Sizes
|Fabric||Project Type||Appropriate |
US/EUR (POINT TYPE)
|Quilting Cotton||Patchwork||50 wt. Cotton||75/11 (H-J)|
|Quilting Cotton||Quilting||50 wt. Cotton or Poly||80/12 (H-Q)*|
|Quilting Cotton||Embroidery||40 wt. Cotton, silk or rayon||90/14 (H-Q)|
|Heavier Cottons: Denim|
|Polywrapped cottons||Denim 80/12 (H-j)|
|All Cotton Flannel||Any||50 wt. Cotton||90/14 (H-Q)|
|Silk||Patchwork||100% Silk||Microtex 60/8 (H-M)|
|Silk||Quilting||Silk or or HiSheen Polywrapped cotton||80/12 (H-Q)|
* When quilting heavily layered projects (such as art quilts) a denim needle may be necessary.