Embroidery Hub Ep. 34: Embroidery Needle Types | Which Needle for Which Fabric

Embroidery Hub Ep. 34: Embroidery Needle Types | Which Needle for Which Fabric


Hi guys today’s episode is going to be all about needles so stay tuned to learn a different needle sizes finishes and types and their best uses Before we get started I just wanted to remind you guys if you have any questions at all just leave a comment below And we’ll get back to you with the answer so the typical machine embroidery needle is labeled dbx K5 and these needles are actually designed for machine embroidery with an elongated needle Eye, which helps the thread pass through the needle without any friction thus reducing thread breaks, so this is your standard 7511 embroidery needle now This is a sharp point and it’s what you’re gonna be using for most products So we here at Rico mag use standard chromium plated graz Beckert needles, however before you get started I do urge you to ask your manufacturer or distributor Which type of needles are compatible with your machine? Just to double check so now I want to talk to you guys about the different needle points and the main differences between the three So the three needle points are sharp point ballpoint and universal and Typically you’re going to be using sharp point in most of your embroidery projects however you do need to have a variety of points Especially about point because you’re gonna need them for stretchy fabrics so the main difference between the sharp point and the ballpoint needle is that? The sharp point you know actually penetrates and pierces through the fabric so it creates tiny little punchers in the fabric meanwhile this ballpoint needle will actually slip in through the threads So it won’t actually be Creating a puncture or a hole in the fabric you’re gonna want to use your ballpoint needle when you’re working with any type of fabric that has some stretch to it, but you’re gonna especially need it when you’re working with very stretchy fabrics such as 100% polyester material, and now you usually see that in knits or sports gear and I think that has moisture wicking qualities That’s usually 100% polyester material, which means it’s very stretchy, so you’re gonna need that ballpoint to make sure that you’re not shredding your fabric or that your thread isn’t fraying and then we have the universal tip and that sits somewhere between the sharp point and The ballpoint needle in terms of shape now. This is Universal as its name suggests So you can use it for most embroidery projects however, I do not recommend using a universal tip for your water soluble stabilizer projects and when I say that I’m talking about projects like free-standing lace or projects like Any type of see-through fabric that you would use water soluble stabilizer? Instead of a regular cutaway or a tearaway when you’re gonna use that use your sharp point instead now I’m going to tell you guys about the different needle sizes And what their best uses are needles vary in size anywhere as small as 60 to 110 now for machine embroidery you’re most likely gonna stick between the 65 and the 90 range so the smallest needle size you’re gonna probably use in commercial machine embroidery is your Sixty-five nine needle, but here actually have one size down, and this is your 68 needle now I’m actually gonna take it out, so I can show you So if you see here, I don’t even know if you guys can see on camera But I can even barely see the eye so this indicates that This is going to be for very very thin thread and very small and my new details So you’re gonna want to use your sixty-five nine or your 68 let’s say you’re doing a very worn off project where you have very Intricate details try your 68 but usually stick to a 65 nine if you’re going for the small lettering in details So just for fun I’m gonna hold up the 68 needle and a 75 11 needle So you can see the physical difference between the two my hands are shaking a lot, but you could probably see the difference here This one is a lot finer, and this one is thicker And has a larger eye now the next size up after your 68 and your sixty-five nine needle will be your 70 ten needle And this one is a little more of a safe zone when it comes to embroidering a bit smaller details and small lettering and then Next we have our size 75 11 needle, which like I said before is our standard embroidery needle size It’s what will work for most of your projects And I had showed you guys before but this is it again as you can see it’s not as fine as the smaller needles But it’s not as thick as the ones you’re about to see The next size up is the 80 12 needle and this is also a very common needle and machine embroidery a lot of machine embroiderers Use these needles for tougher fabrics such as caps such as canvas anything’s a little bit thicker than your normal embroidered project you’re probably gonna want to use a 80 12 needle instead and this will also help if you’re embroidering a very dense design And you’re having issues with it because the thread we’ll be able to pass through a little bit easier because it has a larger Eye The next size up is a ninety fourteen and that will probably be the largest sized needle that you’ll use in your standard machine embroidery projects and that also is used for tougher fabrics and Also, if you’re embroidering with very thick heavy threads or thick metallic threads, and you’re gonna want to use your 90/14 you know because it has a larger needle, I anything higher than ninety fourteen will be a specialty needle that you’re gonna want to use for very thick garments or very heavy threads, and that would be your 116 on your 110 eighteen so now we went through all the needle sizes I want to remind you guys that if you are gonna change your needle size to also consider the size of the thread So the main idea is to make sure that the thread is passing through the eye of the needle smoothly and without any friction Because that is what’s gonna help reduce thread breaks So typically what you want to do is that when the larger the thread you’re using the larger the needles I should be However, you also need to keep in mind the fabric that you’re embroidering on because you don’t want to puncture, too Heavy of a hole in a lightweight fabric for those of you Who don’t know the standard embroidery weight thread is a 40 weight thread? Anything higher than 40 50 60 70 that is actually a lighter thread, okay? And anything lower than 40 is actually a heavier thread, so if you go lower than 40 and you’re having issues Let’s say you’re using a 30 weight thread and you’re having issues with your 7511 then try an eighty twelve needle and see if that works Something else I want you guys to keep in mind is that when you are changing your thread size you also are changing your Attention so you might need to make a few tension Adjustments to make sure that the thread on that needle is going through smoothly and not causing any friction So let’s say you went up a thread size, and you’re still using your standard 7511 needle because you don’t have any other needle then what you’re gonna want to do is to Loosen your thread tension Because of course since you have a thicker thread passing through a smaller needle you’re gonna have more friction so to reduce that friction you Loosen the tension on the on the top tension knob of that same needle that you’re working with Titanium needles as their name suggests are more durable They’re actually said to last three to five times longer depending on What type of fabrics you’re embroidering on and these are really good if you’re embroidering large designs? Because you’re not gonna need a stop for any needle brakes So you’re definitely gonna want something durable so that you can keep the efficiency going Also, they’re really good for thick materials such as 3d puff embroidery unstructured cabs or even thick bags Titanium wheels are your go-to then we have our Teflon coated needles, which will do you well if you’re gonna be working with adhesive sprays and adhesive backing the coating will actually help to Protect the needle there are also a bunch of other specialty needles such as needles that are designed specifically for leather Specifically for metallic threads that you can find on any basically any embroidery supply store So there you have it that is a Solid overview on what you need to know about needles now if you have any other questions about needles make sure to leave them in the comments below, and if you want to see a similar video on thread weights and sizes Then let us know and we’ll make one I want to thank you all for watching if you like this video Please make sure to hit the thumbs up button below and to subscribe to our channel I also want to invite you to our Facebook group Embroidery and custom apparel mastery where you can join myself and other embroiders and ask questions and share knowledge I included the links of the group in the description below again. Thank you for watching, and I’ll see you back here next time I am Ted So that means you will need to make a few chance to adjust good Fine into the kid this needle is and one of them just dropped on the floor Yeah, yeah, I’m always repeating myself get used to it over over now oh no, I knew

15 Replies to “Embroidery Hub Ep. 34: Embroidery Needle Types | Which Needle for Which Fabric”

  1. +Distorted Crab Sorry accidentally deleted your comment while trying to respond. So the comment was "Great video. As a general rule, I use a ball-point for stretchy/knit fabrics (such as poloshirts, sweats, hoodies and polyester performance tops), and a sharp-point for woven fabrics. Is this correct?" Our response is yes, that is correct! You may get away with using a standard 75/11 sharp point on some fabrics that have stretch such as regular cotton polos, but to play it safe use a ball point whenever possible on stretchy fabrics!

  2. Hi, I just bought Irish free hand embroidery machine from Ebay and I'm trying to figure which needle do I need. Ty

  3. Can I use those on a regular embroidering machine. I have a small one I have a brother sewing machine embroidering combo.

  4. Hello Thanks for the info. What needle to use on terry towels and baby bibs. Normal thread and fine letter and full fill logos.

  5. Very good information, but she speaks too fast…and i cannt understand. Have you this information in Spanish, please.

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