Posted by Administrator on 4/16/2013
Customers often ask what type and size of needle are best to use for purse construction. With so many variables to consider, there is never "one answer that fits all."
Take into account the weights and layers of the fabric that are to be joined together. Pick your needle size according to the "heaviest" weight fabric you are working with. Typically we recommend either a Size 90 Metric (Size 14 Imperial) or a Size 100 Metric (Size 16 Imperial). Of course, there will be situations involving either lighter or heavier weight materials so adjust the needle size accordingly. Here's a quick reference chart:
Fabric Weigh Fine Medium Heavy
Metric Needle Size 60-70 75-90 100-120
Imperial Needle Size 8-10 11-14 16-18
Another consideration to keep is mind is the "type" of needle. For general sewing, we recommend a "sharp."This term denotes that the needle is "sharp" enough to pierce tightly woven fabrics and, therefore, is suitable for handbag construction. Following is a list of common types of needles:
Ball Point - Perfect for knit fabrics since the ballpoint needle tip keeps it from piercing and breaking the fibers of the fabric.
Embroidery - The needle's eye is larger than average and specially coated to allow the smooth flow of delicate threads (rayon, silk, etc.) at the high speeds used in machine embroidery.
Jeans/Denim - This needle is very strong and sharp as it is intended to penetrate the dense fibers of denim, canvas, etc.
Quilting - Quilting needles have a long, sharp point that is necessary for penetrating multiple layers of fabric and batting.
Topstitch - Topstitch needles have an extra sharp point for easy penetration of fabric along with a large eye to handle the heavier weights of thread used in topstitching applications.
Universal - A universal needle is a hybrid. As it has only a slight ballpoint, it can be used for many woven and knit fabrics.