Needle Facts: Needle Anatomy

The SCHMETZ needle is one of the most important parts to your home sewing machine.  Your machine simply cannot operate without a needle, right?  Insert it wrong and your machine will not work.  Use an incorrect needle and your stitches will be less than desirable.  Use a dull or bent needle and you risk damaging your machine, fabric and thread.  In other words the SCHMETZ needle is an essential work horse.

Needle_Anatomy

When was the last time you looked at . . . I mean really looked closely at your sewing machine needle?  Let’s look at its parts:

From top to bottom:

Butt:  The very top of your needle has a  beveled edge for easier insertion into your machine.

Shank:  Home sewing needles have a flat shank for perfect positioning in the needle bar in relation to the hook.

Shoulder:  The transitioning area between the shank and the blade.  Look for color coding here.

Blade:  The length of the needle.  Needle size is determined by measuring the bade width.

Groove:  Along the needle blade the groove cradles and guides thread to the eye of the needle.

Scarf:  The indentation above the eye that allows the bobbin hook to smoothly grab the thread under the throat plate to create a stitch.

Eye:  The hole through which thread passes.

Point and Tip:  The first area to penetrate fabric in stitch creation.  The point and tip length, shape and size vary according to needle types.

There’s a lot of engineering that goes into the creation of this little 2″ piece of steel!

Sew SCHMETZ!

Rhonda

Comments

  1. I feel your pain, i was 9 years old during a lightening storm sewing my jeans for school on my grammas old singer. thunder struck like a hammer on your head and i floored the machine taking my finger in with it.
    to this day i still carry a scarf with me everywhere i go. 😉 i’m now 55. I only feel it when my fingers get very cold, that one takes longer to warm up lol

  2. I have radiologic evidence that Schmetz needles are very strong–and that the scarf is the weakest point. Check out my blog post: Inattentive Quilting: A Cautionary Tale.

    Your needles command respect!
    Lori Kennedy
    http://theinboxjaunt.com/2013/11/08/inattentive-quilting-a-cautionary-tale/

    • Rhonda Pierce says:

      Oh my! Love your pics, but what a tough way to respect the needle. Hope you have recovered and can get back to your sewing projects.

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