How to Read the Needle Package

How to read the SCHMETZ Needle Package.

What Do Those Numbers Mean?

Home sewing machines require a needle with a flat shank and a scarf – that little indentation above the eye on the back side of the needle. Needles with a flat shank and a scarf are identified as needle system 130/705 H. There are over 7,000 needle systems throughout the world. Thankfully, 99% of home sewing machines use 130/705H.




How To Read The Needle Pack: Review

There’s a lot of info printed on that little SCHMETZ needle pack.  After the last three posts these numbers should no longer be a mystery!

needle_identification-origHere’s a quick review using a different pack of needles:

  • Size:  This is a multi-size pack of 70/10, 80/12 & 90/14. See the color bands for different needle sizes.
  • System:  These needles are system 130/705 H, so we know they are used by home sewing machines.  130/705 H is a flat shank needle with a scarf.
  • Type:  Most needle types have two color bands – the upper band for needle type and the lower band for size.  The Universal needle is an exception and has only one color band for needle size.  Print out the SCHMETZ Color Chart for easy reference.

More helpful needle basics in the next posting.

How To Read The Needle Package: Size

Baffled by the needle package?  What do all those numbers mean?  Let’s review the essential information printed on that tiny pack of SCHMETZ needles.  Information that will make your needle purchase and your sewing so much easier.  Let’s start from the bottom of the package and work our way up.needle_identification-needle_size

Size:  Needle size is always found at the bottom of the package.   Two size designations are shown:  Metric (90) and the Singer, Asian or International (14).  This package contains size 90/14.  SCHMETZ needles now have two bands of color on the shoulder that you can also see through the package.  The lower color band indicates needle size.  Blue is size 90/14.

Next week’s post will cover the curious numbers 130/705 H.