Serger Needles

Serger NeedlesConsult your owner’s manual!  Many new sergers use home sewing needle system 130/705 H (flat shank with a scarf). SCHMETZ Stretch, Jersey, Topstitch and Universal are popular needle choices. Some older sergers use needle systems BLX1 and DCX1.

SCHMETZ Overlock Needles

ELx705, ELx705CF and ELx705CF SUK are popular needle systems.  Check your owner’s manual! Here’s how these needles are different from our home sewing needles:

  • Needles have a groove on the front and back sides of the blade to reduce skipped stitches.  The second long groove is necessary to create chain stitches like overlock or coverlock stitches.
  • ELx705, ELx705CF and ELx705CF SUK have increased strength due to a reinforced blade leading to less needle breakage and straighter stitches.
  • ELx705 and ELx705CF have a slightly rounded point for universal use.
  • ELx705CF SUK has a medium ball point suitable for many knit fabrics.
  • ELx705CF and ELx705CF SUK have a Chrome Finish (CF), increasing wear resistance.

Check your owner’s manual!  SCHMETZ ELx705, ELx705CF and ELx705CF SUK are used on overlock or coverlock machines.




  1. amateursewing says

    Would I be able to use my DCX1 needles in a Juki MO-103 overlocker? they fit on my very old Juki BL3-416 overlocker but the MO-103 says you have to use a BLX1 and a JLX1 in that machine – thanks

  2. I have a Brother 526D 4 thread serger, original owner. I want to buy new needles for sewing on both knits and wovens. My manual gives the following needles: TEx1(#11 & #14), DBx1(#9,11,14), DBx1KN#11, 1738 or 16×231 can be used on these machines. TEx1(#14) is mounted on the machines.
    HELP, I need new needles. Can you advise, please

  3. Clare Hilton says

    Is there an alternative to BLx1 needles for a Riccar Lock RL-340?

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      16×231. The main difference is the scarf. The point length is about the same. The BLX1 has a longer scarf and is flatter (for Zig-Zag) compared to needle 16×231 for plain sewers. The shank and the length of BLx1 and 16×231 are the same, 1.63mm Dia. shank and a length of 33.9mm.

  4. I have a Baby Lock Imagine serger model BLE1AT-2. The book says to use your HAx1SP/CR system. I cannot find what the /CF is. Is it important to finding the proper needle?

  5. Do you know when the ELX705SKUCF in size 80/12 will be back in stock?

    Also, does Schmetz make ELX705 needles is any other size apart from 80/12 and 90/14 for use with the much lighter or heavier fabrics?

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      ELX-SUKCF80 is expected within 2-4 weeks.

      SCHMETZ only manufactures ELX705 needles in sizes 80/12 and 90/14.

  6. My Bernette800D calls for needle system 130/705 H. Would it be a problem for me to use BLX x 1 needles?

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      It would be a problem. BLX1 needles have a shank diameter of 1.6 mm. Universal needles (system 130/705 H) have a shank diameter of 2.0 mm.

  7. Adrienne Kirkey says

    My Juki MO 735 manual says to use a “needle system 130/705H type JLx2” for coverlock and chain stitches. Do you have a comparable needle? I have not been able to locate a JLx2 anywhere. This is a problem, as my machine is dropping ALL the L needle stitches (in other words, it never picks up at all!). Thank you for your help.

  8. I have a Singer serger model 14u13 the needle to use is #2053, do you have a comparable needle for this serger? Please advise.

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      The SCHMETZ equivalent for a Singer #2053 needle is JLx1. Unfortunately, SCHMETZ no longer manufactures this needle.

  9. Sarah Baca-Schneider says

    Just picked up a White Superlock 1934D serger yesterday and the manual shows : HA1-SP, HAx1 130/705H needle sizes. I picked up the only package available at the sewing center: Schmetz Universal HAx1 130/705H 110/18 and they’re too long. I’m new to sergers but what was in the package that came with the machine (maybe 12-15 years ago) does fit. Although we’re having an issue with it chaining. I previously had a Brother 1034D serger for maybe 2 weeks before the loopers got bent so we sent it back to Amazon. Please help me!!! I just want to get serging!!!

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      Forwarded your email to one of the SCHMETZ technicians in Germany. Here is her response:

      Please find below the butt-to-eye length of the 130/705 H (HAx1):

      Household Sewing Machine Needle Measurement

      Maybe your customer can give you the information what is written on the package that came with the machine, so that we are able to compare the length. Otherwise, she could send one of those needles that came with the machine for identification.

  10. Can I use Schmetz serger needles on my Janome Ezylock 304D overlocker circa 1992?

  11. I have a Toyota SL3304 over locker which needle is the best for it please?

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      Your Toyota SL3304 overlocker uses regular household sewing machine needles (system 130/705 H . . . same as 15×1 H). Universal, Stretch, and Jersey needles are the most popular. The timing for Overlockers/sergers is usually set to use a size 90/14 needle. You might have to make adjustments if you use a different size (i.e., 80/12).

  12. Can you please advise when you expect to have the ELx705CF SUK size 90/14 in stock?

  13. Adriana Soto says

    I’m looking for a DCx14 needle for my Juki overlock industrial sewing machine, model MO-6714S. What needle should I be looking for in your brand?

  14. Pauline Barron says

    Hi. I have an older Juki 634DE and the manual suggests using JLx2 No.11 in the left needle only when sewing thicker fabrics. I have not been able to find these but read on a post somewhere that the ELX705 is a substitute for the JLx2 would this be correct? Also why would they recommend size 11 if you are sewing on thick fabric?

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      According to one of the SCHMETZ technicians, needle systems JLx2 and ELx705 are not interchangeable.

  15. Help! I live in New Zealand but bought my Babylock in the US. I’m using DCX1 needle, what is the equivalent here??

    Thank you

    • Marty Lakin says

      I have 3 packages of DCx1 Schmetz needles that I inherited with a lot of other sewing items. I do not use the rounded shank. If you want them you can have them. I don’t know what it costs to mail it. Reply to me at as I will not be looking back at this website. Marty

    • Pauline Barron says

      You can get the DCX1 needles here in New Zealand. They have them on Trade me

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      I don’t know what the equivalent is in New Zealand, but I do know that DCX1 is known as the following needle systems:

      CANU: 03:33 1

      CANU is the SCHMETZ numbering system.

  16. Kim Winston says

    I need a dc-1 needle. I am brand new to sergers… is there an equivalent?

  17. I have a Singer Overlock 14U34 series that uses K Type and Singer 2034 needles, will yours work on my machine?

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      Are you sure that the needle system is 2034? The SCHMETZ reference catalog shows Singer needle systems 2033 and 2035, but no 2034.

      I did look up your manual on-line. Chapter 15 says to use Singer needles Cat. No. 2054 in sizes #14 and (#10). The SCHMETZ equivalent is Needle System 16×75. This needle is about the same as the industrial needle plain sewer needle (System 16×231), but with a flat shank. 16×75 is 33.9mm long, and the shank has a small diameter (not normal for a domestic needle) of 1.64mm. Regular domestic needles, 130/705 H, have a 2.04mm shank diameter.

  18. Janet Coles says

    Does Schmetz do needles for the singer 14SH server machines thank you

  19. same problem with finding these here in Canada (Ontario or Quebec). Please advise if you know of any distributors here. Thank you.

    • SCHMETZneedles says

      Try the following Canadian distributor:

      H. A. Kidd & Company Ltd.
      5 Northline Road
      Toronto, Ontario
      Canada M4B 3P2
      (800) 361-1669

      • Helen Kipling says

        I also cannot find ELx705 SUK CF needles for Overlock anywhere in Toronto, Ontario. I phoned H.A, Kidd and was on their web site. Thus far, we have not been able to locate this needle.

        Can you help please?
        Thank you.

        • SCHMETZneedles says

          H.A. Kidd has ordered them from us in the past. Item numbers are ELX-SUKCF80 and ELX-SUKCF90. You should be able to ask them to re-order. These needles can also be ordered via our web site:

          ELX705SUKCF Needles

        • Helen Kipling says

          Are the Janome new Purple Tip needles the same as the Schmetz ELX 705 CF SUK needles?

          • SCHMETZneedles says

            @Helen. I just heard back from one of the technicians at SCHMETZ®. He had the opportunity to inspect the Janome Purple Tip Needle. Here is his response:

            The new Janome Purple Tip Needle is NOT the same as ELx705 CF. System ELx705 CF has 2 grooves, the Purple Tip Needle has only 1 groove. I made a comparison with system HAx1 SP (Canu 22:82FB1). We believe that HAx1 SP and the Janome Purple Tip Needle are the same.

          • SCHMETZneedles says

            Don’t know. I have asked SCHMETZ® in Germany to respond. I will post an update to this reply as soon as I hear something.

          • SCHMETZneedles says

            Have heard back from SCHMETZ® in Germany. Here is their response:

            I did not know about the purple tip needles so I googled them. It seems to be a needle for normal sewing machines and not for overlock machines since Janome recommends it for
            – Embroidery with a high density design and/or thick fabric
            – Fluffier thread like cotton
            – Quilting multiple layers which normally resist needle penetration
            – Sewing knit, tricot, and synthetic fabrics like thick polyester

            According to Janome, it has a ball point with a special “cobra” head. I do not think this needle is the same as ELX 705 CF SUK. We will need to do some more research.

  20. CJ Tinkle says

    I have looked everywhere for your ELx705CF SUK needles. I have no problem finding ELx705 needles everywhere, but I really need the ballpoint. I see these for sale in the UK, but not anywhere in the USA. Do you have a reseller, or do you sell them directly?

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