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: 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.