How To Read The Needle Package: System

Home sewing machines use needle system 130/705 H130/705 refers to a needle with a flat shank.  “H” refers to a German word Hohlkehle that translates to scarf, otherwise known as that little indentation located on the back side of the needle above the eye.  That’s right. . .  there’s a little indentation built into the back of the needle. . . . and it is important.  If flat shank and scarf are new to you, stay tuned, needle anatomy will be covered in an upcoming post.


Lucky for us. . . . nearly all home sewing machines use needle system 130/705 H. . . that’s machines from Baby Lock, Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna Viking, Janome, Juki, Pfaff, Singer, White and more.  Know that machine companies sometimes manufacture specialty machines – sashiko, felting or other models – that require a different needle system, so check your owner’s manual or talk to your machine dealer.  

There are nearly 7,000 different needle systems available for sewing machines throughout the world.  That’s a lot!  Don’t let this scare you because most of those needle systems are for commercial and industrial machines. So the very good news is that 99% of home sewing machines use needle system 130/705 H.

130/705 H is a flat shank needle with a scarf (indentation). 

In the next post the last bit of info on the package will be covered:  Needle Type.