Household Needles, Q&A – Part 1

Throughout the years, we have written, illustrated and spoken about what the information on the plastic container of SCHMETZ Household Needles signifies. Our own Rhonda Pierce presents needle classes at many events (quilt shows, guilds, stores, etc.) that takes away the mystery and explains the different SCHMETZ needles available and how to identify and use them.

However, for those of you not lucky enough to attend one of her classes, there are still many questions (and some confusion) about the different types of needles available. Over the next several weeks, we will be presenting more in-depth information along with answers to some of the questions that have been popping up lately.

 

Will SCHMETZ Needles Work in My Sewing Machine?

Yes, if your household sewing machine requires needle system 130/705 H (or 15×1 H), you can use SCHMETZ Household Sewing Machine Needles.

 

What Does 130/705 H Mean?

130/705 H (also known as 15×1 H) is the needle system for the majority of household sewing machines

Contrary to popular belief, “H” does NOT stand for household.
H = Hohlkehle in German, which means “with scarf.”

 

SCHMETZ Color Code Chart

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Why Do My SCHMETZ Needles Have Different Color Bands?

In 2014, SCHMETZ introduced color coding for most of their household needles. The colors identify the needle type and size. This was a time-saver (okay, maybe a life-saver) for sewing enthusiasts everywhere. No longer did they have to worry about mixing up their needles. They could now identify needles easily by glancing at the color code(s) on the shank of the needle.

 

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SCHMETZ Serger Needles

SCHMETZ 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 serger needle systems. Check your owner’s manual! Here’s how these needles are different from home sewing needles (130/705 H):

  • Serger 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.

 

 

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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.

 

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