Question: Where are SCHMETZ Needles manufactured?
Question: I’m using the SCHMETZ NonStick Needle on a light fabric. My fabric is getting a dark stain. What’s happening?
Question: What do the colors mean on the needle?
Question: How is needle size determined?
Question: What is 130/705H?
Question: What is ELX705 CF?
Question: I need to alter regular knit tee shirts - hems and sleeves and prefer the twin needle appearance. However, the fabric looks like it has been stretched or ruffled after having been stitched. Have tried everything, but twin needles with ball points might do the job properly. No idea if stretch or jersey type needles best. Question: are twin needle made with ball points? Have you any other suggestions to help me accomplish my sewing/altering needs?
Question: Where do I find SCHMETZ large-eye needles for my Bernina sewing machine?
Question: Are any of the SCHMETZ Household Needles completely nickel-free?
Question: How can I tell a Microtex needle from another type of needle?
Question: Are the DCX1 needles and BLX1 needles interchangeable?
Question: Why do most of the household needles have 130/705 H as the numbering system, yet Topstitch is 130 N?
Question: What is the difference between needle system 705 B (for Bernina machines) and 130/705 H?
Question: How do I use a Double or Twin needle?
Question: Can a Double or Twin Needle be used on a serger?
Question: Why are my needles breaking when they hit the ends of pins?
PLEASE NOTE: Most answers to the question, What Needle Do I Use? can be found in your owner's manual.
Question: I’m using the SCHMETZ NonStick Needle on a light fabric. My fabric is getting a dark stain. What’s happening?
Answer: The anti-adhesive coating (NIT) resists sticky stabilizers, fusibles, and adhesives. If stitching on light or white fabrics or threads, test first to remove the excess residue. This process changes the needle's appearance (it becomes lighter), which has no effect on the needle's fitness for purpose or use.
Question: I'm a quilt maker and confuse Universal vs Microtex needles. When machine quilting, I tend to use a 90/14 quilt needle in my Janome Horizon and it works well with poly, poly/cotton or pure cotton threads. Any type of batting works well, too. How do Quilt needles compare to Universal needles? What's the difference? Can the Universal be used to piece quilt tops. Does the fact they are called Universal mean they replace other needles such as the Microtex for piecing and Quilt needles for quilting? I only trust SCHMETZ needles in my machine but sometimes it's hard to know the right type to keep on hand. Thank you.
Answer: SCHMETZ Universal needles are the workhorse of all needle types. They work with woven and knit fabrics. Universal needles make a very good stitch, but sometimes another needle type will produce an even better stitch. There is one difference between Universal & Quilting needles. Both needles have a slightly rounded point, but the quilting needle has special taper that allows easier fabric penetration and reduce skipped stitches. The Microtex has a very slim acute point for precision stitches. With SCHMETZ you have options. For piecing and quilting there are five popular frequently used needle types: Universal, Jeans, Topstitch, Quilting, and Microtex. Experiment and select the best needle type for your specific fabric, machine & technique. Sometimes the differences between needle types are subtle, and other times, not so much. Be prepared and have a variety of needle types and sizes handy.
Question: What needle do I use on small sequin fabric?
Answer: With SCHMETZ you have options. Is the fabric a knit? Use a Stretch 75/11 or 90/14? Is the fabric a woven? Use a Microtex 70/10-90/14. Another option is a Jeans needle.
Question: I am sewing through heavy, thick denim seams, like the seams on the crotch area of jeans. I am using Denim needles, 130-705 H-J. What would be the best size? Do Jeans needles come in bulk?
Answer: The SCHMETZ Jeans/Denim needle is a great choice for your thick denim seams. The SCHMETZ Jeans needle has a reinforced blade to handle heavy sewing. It's hard to know what size, depending on your fabric weight, but use at least size 90/14, although you may need to move up a needle size to 100/16. You will need to experiment with your thread, fabric and machine. SCHMETZ Denim are available on the card and also in bulk (100 needles/box). BTW, you might consider using a Jean-a-ma-Jig to help sew over thick intersecting denim seams.
Question: I want to modify blackout drapes and am wondering what teflon needle size would be best; also stitch length which I’m presuming would be the longest on my machine.
Answer: Needle size is determined by the fabric weight and the thread. If using a 40 wt thread, use a size 80/12. If the thread is heavier, use a 90/14 or 100/16. You may need to experiment to find the right size. The SCHMETZ Super NonStick is a terrific needle choice for your project. There is an assorted size pack of the Super NonStick needles available under the needle card name Vinyl Needles.
Question: I have a pack of Microtex 70/10 130/705 H-M CF. They are all silver with no color markings on them. When will I use them?
Answer: Two bands of color coding on SCHMETZ needles started early 2014, so your needles must be older. The great thing is that steel does not deteriorate, so your needles are still sewing worthy. Use them. 130/705 H is the needle system used by home sewing machines. The needle has a flat shank & a scarf. M – Microtex. CF – Chrome Finish The SCHMETZ Microtex needle has a very slim acute point (sharp) that is great for piecing, quilting, sewing on batiks and fashion sewing.
Question: What is the best needle to use for my handwoven fabric? The yarn I use is a rayon/cotton seed.
Answer: A SCHMETZ Universal needle is the needle of choice when working with cotton and rayon. Another needle type to use is the SCHMETZ Microtex which has a sharp point. Whether you use a Universal or a Microtex, if the fabric is of average weight, use size 80/12.
Question: Which single machine needle is best for sewing very thin, very lightweight, stretch material that won’t skip stitches?
Answer: If the fabric has Lycra or Spandex, use a Stretch 75/11. Other options are Jersey or Universal.
Question: How much difference is there between the 75/11 size embroidery and quilting needles? Can I use one or the other for both my quilting and my embroidery projects or is it best to use the one specifically for that project?
Question: I have been trying to sew French terry fleece, so I have broken two needles and bent four. I have tried Jersey/Ball Point, Stretch, and Universal. I have also tried both a Janome and a Brother machine. What needle do you recommend as the French terry fleece seems to be brutal on them?
Question: What is the SCHMETZ equivalent needle for a Kenmore 6569 needle?
Question: Which needle is the best to use when embroidering on leather cowhide (it will be on the cuff of a pair of welding gloves). I find one place that says “Leather 90/14 sewing” needles, but then I see another that says “Embroidery 90/14” needles. I’m confused! I don’t know if I’m looking for more of a sharp tip or more of a ballpoint tip since this is on cowhide.
Question: I am looking for a 2mm Leather Twin needle.
Question: My Necchi L234 serger came with a spare needle pack that says ELx705CF. The shop where I bought the machine said to use home sewing machine needles. However, the owner’s manual says to use "needles suitable for overlocker" but no model number. I don't know what to use and I also need jersey and stretch needles for this machine. What do I use? I'm totally lost.
Question: I am having trouble sewing light to medium weight Ponte knits that have spandex. I have tried all sizes of Jersey and Stretch needles -- all give me skipped stitches. The only needle I can get to work with the fabric is a Universal size 100, which seems odd to me. To make this even more confusing, a size 100 Jersey needle also does not work -- only the Universal size 100. While I don't mind using the Universal needle as it does give me perfect stitches, it feels different while sewing -- it's not smooth like the Ball Point or Stretch needles when the fabric is being pierced by the needle. I should also note it is not my machine -- I have tried four different machines, and all give me identical results. I'm using standard Gutermann Sew-All thread. Do you have any tips? Should I just stick with the Universal needle?
Question: What is the SCHMETZ equivalent to the Janome Blue Tip needle?
Question: I have purchased the SCHMETZ wing needle and am unable to fit it into my Bernina 1010 sewing machine. The shaft appears to be thicker than any of your other needles (all the other SCHMETZ needles I have used have fitted without any problems). Please can you advise?
Question: I have a Pfaff quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine. Recently, I have had problems using your Microtex needles in my machine. I thought something was wrong with the machine, but other needles work fine. Yesterday, I realized I had two different types of SCHMETZ Microtex needles. Some have just a purple band and are marked 60/8 and 70/10. They don’t stay in the machine when I start sewing with them. However, the SCHMETZ Microtex needles with the purple and orange bands which are marked 80/12 are fine. Can you tell me why this is the case and if there is anything I can do to remedy this?
Question: I have some 130/705 H LL 120/19 needles that I use for sewing leather. With leather, the stitching is one of the most decorative things and often uses very thick thread. Would it be possible to get 130/705 needles in larger sizes such as 150/22 and 160/23? I know that these would normally be reserved for industrial machine systems but there is a definite requirement for decorative leather stitching on high-end domestic machines.
Question: I purchase SCHMETZ needles for my sewing machine and cover stitch machine and am very satisfied with them. I use ELx705 80/12 or 90/14 (and SUKs). I’m told SCHMETZ has a needle called "stretch" that will work in my cover stitch, but I can’t find one for "cover stitch." When I look at the SCHMETZ "stretch" needle it says sewing machine. Does SCHMETZ make a needle called "stretch" for cover stitch machines?
Question: I have a Brother sewing machine and need replacement twin needles. Which size twin needles should I purchase? I bought a package of your universal 130/705 H-S ZWI 2.5/75 and a package of 2.0/80. What can you tell me about it?
Question: I just purchased a Janome 9540 machine. They told me to use only Organ needles in my machine. Can I safely use SCHMETZ needles in this machine? I have used SCHMETZ needles in my other machines (Pfaff and Viking) and never had any problem. Why would this be a problem with Janome? I always like the variety of needles that SCHMETZ provides.
Answer: Congrats on your new machine! Yes, SCHMETZ needles work in Janome machines including your #9540. So, go ahead and continue to use SCHMETZ. Thanks for being a SCHMETZ fan!
Question: Why do my needles break so easy?
Answer: Use the appropriate needle type and size. Refer to the free SCHMETZ app or download the SCHMETZ ABC Pocket Guide. Are you pushing or pulling fabric under the foot? Too much tension will stress the needle while sewing. Machine timing may be off. Regular machine maintenance by a trained technician is necessary for smooth, event-free sewing.
Question: Help! My stitches are wonky. What am I doing wrong?
Answer: Needles don't last forever! They work hard making stitches. When these irritating situations arise, there is an easy & inexpensive solution: Change the needle. Change the needle when: 1) Fabric is snagging, puckering, damaged or tucked into the throatplate. Change the needle. 2) Stitches are uneven & skipping. Change the needle. 3) Threads are shredding or breaking. Change the needle. 4) Sewing machine makes clicking, popping, clunking sound. Change the needle!
Question: My Stretch needles will not stay in the needle holder. What's going on?
Answer: Stretch needles (both single and twin needles) have a flatter shank without changing the shank diameter. The reduced flattened thickness of the Stretch needle shank, together with the special scarf, improves needle performance against skipped stitches. With the Stretch needle, stitches are created closer to the hook than Universal needles. SCHMETZ Stretch needles have been produced this way for 30 years. Some sewing machine manufacturers are no longer able to produce a needle bar that takes these dimensions into account. Every home sewing machine should be able to use a Stretch or Twin Stretch 75/11. It's also possible that, depending upon the age of the machine, the needle clamp may be wearing out.
Question: Please think about WHERE you stamp the needle size so that it could be on the flat back part... So that the FONT could be A LOT BIGGER. This would be a MAJOR improvement for MOST of your sewing community.
Answer: Unfortunately, what you are suggesting is not possible without retooling the entire process of needle making. The flattening of the shank is the final process in the making of a sewing machine needle.
Question: I have discovered your spring needles and now use them for quilting. I almost exclusively use cotton batik fabric and Mettler Silk Finish Cotton Thread in size 50. I also typically use medium-weight cotton batting like Quilter's Dream Select. Can you tell me which size SCHMETZ Spring Needle for quilting is best for this?
Answer: For a 50-wt. thread, the Quilt Spring 75/11 is recommended, although having a backup needle in size 90/14 may be prudent since fabrics, threads, battings, and sewing machines react uniquely.
PLEASE NOTE: Most answers to the question, What Needle (or Needle System) Do I Use? can be found in your owner's manual.
Question: Where are SCHMETZ Needles manufactured?
Answer: All SCHMETZ needles (both industrial and household) are engineered in Germany. The tools for making the needles are exclusively made by SCHMETZ in Germany as well. The actual production is done at a SCHMETZ-owned factory in India. SCHMETZ has been delivering needles from this factory for the past 25 years.
Question: What does the word CANU mean?
Answer: CANU means CAtalog NUmber. CANU is the internal SCHMETZ designation for needle systems. Usually, it bundles several different systems under one CANU.
Question: I am curious as to the designation SES, SUK, and SKF. I would like to know if these refer to German words that mean light ballpoint, medium ballpoint, and heavy ballpoint. If not, who came up with these designations?
Answer: No one knows. Years ago, one of our technicians asked the same question, and the only answer he got was: Mr. Schmetz picked the letters at random because he liked how they sounded.
Question: I’m using a size 90/14 needle in my industrial machine, but the thread is shredding as I quilt. What can I do?
Answer: You either need to use a larger needle or the machine needs to be timed (the point of the hook is splitting the bottom loop).
Question: We are having problems with skipped stitches and needle deflection in our industrial machines. Any suggestions?
Answer: Needle deflection, skipped stitches, and broken needles are a sign of using the wrong needle size. Please increase the needle size by one or two sizes.
Question: I have a question about SCHMETZ Titanium coated needles, and it has to do with how hard the entire needle is. It is my understanding that the Titanium nitride coating is just micrometers thick, and that's really all the needle needs to keep the point sharp much longer. But that coating doesn't make the needle, overall, harder, or stiffer, and more difficult to break. There seems to be some thought out there in the sewing and long arm quilting world that TN needles are "harder" and will not break as easily as a chrome-coated needle, thus putting your sewing machine or long arm quilting machine at risk for possible timing issues or damage, since the TN needle won't break as easily. I do not believe this is the case.
Answer: Yes, you are correct that the Titanium Nitride coating is just micrometers thick. The Titanium Nitride coating is on top of a hard chrome layer and the surface of the needle is more than twice as hard as a simple chrome plating. This results in excellent wear resistance of the needle and also the tip of the needle is long-lasting. However, this does not mean that the needle does not break when it touches the needle plate. The needle, overall, is not harder or stiffer than a chrome-coated needle. Still, the base of the needle is hardened and polished steel.
Question: There is an increased interest in antique sewing machines. Many of these machines use a 20x1 needle. There are no current production substitutes available for the 20x1. Would it be feasible to produce new 20x1 needles?
Answer: SCHMETZ has no plans to produce old needle systems. Between the old molds no longer existing and their facility already running at full capacity, they have no interest in considering this.
Question: I quilt at a resale shop for charity. The shop got a Pfaff (561 or 563) leather machine donated that we would like to use it for machine quilting. The needle system is 134. The needle that came in the machine is a SCHMETZ 18/110. I saw in the booklet by SCHMETZ that you shouldn't use it on woven fabrics. Is there another needle that would work for quilting on this system?
Question: I bought a pack of DBx17 needles from sizes 14-22, both standard and diamond. But during a sewing retreat, several of the blue containers got jostled and I have 17 needles that fell out. I know there is writing on each needle, but I just can’t read it even with magnifying. Is there a chart to show me what each should say? That may help me get most of them identified but I’m very lost with most of the 3 packs mingled together.
Answer: Unfortunately, other than using a high-power magnifier to view the points, you’re not going to be able to differentiate the standard needles from the diamond points. Only the name SCHMETZ and the needle size are stamped on the shank of the needles.
Question: I ordered a Juki 5550 DDL but it came with only one needle, which is now broken. How can I get a new set of needles?
Question: I need DHX1 needles. Do you have them?
Question: I have a JUKI DNU-1541. I needle needles for sewing light, delicate fabric. What do you recommend for my machine?
Question: I have an old Wilcox and Gibbs Three thread overlocker model 32/33. I have always used SCHMETZ needles, but I am now finding them impossible to find. Have they been discontinued?
Question: Does SCHMETZ make custom needles?
Question: Can you get round shank Microtex needles for industrial sewing machines? What other needles can be used for Lycra®, bonbon, and other stretch fabrics?
Question: We have an old Baby Lock serger in our service department that has a sticker on the machine for the needle size, SCHMETZ 621 D. Is this needle still available?
Question: What, specifically, was the reason to stop making 206x13 sizes 16 and 18?
Question: What’s the difference between DBx1 and DBxK5? Looking at the specs, they appear identical.
Question: What is the difference between needle system 135x5 and needle system 1955-01?
Question: I just purchased a Ferdco 440 and would like to know what size needle I must order? I am sewing marine heavy canvas and would be using #92 and #131 thread polyester.
Question: I am the Plant Manager for XXXXX and I understand we use your 135x5 #18 needles. It was brought up during an audit if those needles could be traced by a metal detector. Would you be able to provide insight?
Question: What are your most popular common needles for Barudan 8-head machines?
Question: Is there an alternative to BLx1 needles for a Riccar Lock RL-340?
Question: I recently learned that our preferred needle (NM:250 Size:27) (216x1) (CYX1) has been discontinued. I am struggling with getting proper information with regards to possible replacements. It would be very beneficial for us to have a catalog of the (NM:250 Size: 27) or (NM:280 Size: 28) “normal inventory” of needles that you currently manufacture.