Tracy’s IMPWEAR Sewing Tips

Tracy Krauter's IMPWEAR Sewing Tips

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Household Needles Q&A – Part 4

SCHMETZ Universsal Twin NeedleDo You Have Any Secrets for Using a Twin Needle? Can I Use It On My Serger?

Double or Twin Needles are not suitable for sergers! Please use them only in “normal” household machines. If you use a Twin Needle, you should always use the zigzag needle plate with the elongated aperture. When you are using decorative stitches, the stitch width must NOT exceed the aperture because, otherwise, your needles will touch the needle plate and break. You can try this out if you do the first stitches by moving your hand wheel manually. Additionally, the needle thread tension should be loosened when using Twin Needles.

 

Why Does My Quick Threading Needle Have a Crack In It? Is It Broken?

SCHMETZ Quick Threading NeedleNo, your Quick Threading Needle is NOT broken. The close-up image of the needle illustrates the concept behind the Quick Threading Needle. The Quick Threading Needle is the same as the Universal Needle except for the small threading slot in the eye. This threading slot supports quick and easy threading of the needle. The needle is threaded by drawing the needle thread over the surface of the right side of the needle until it slides into the eye by itself. It is not necessary to change the thread tension. Like the Universal Needle, it can be used for many fabrics.

Please do not use the Quick Threading Needle for sensitive fabrics (i.e., silk, microfibre, etc.) as the slot might create pulled threads. It should also not be used for quilting as fibers of the batting might be pulled out.

The thickness of the sewing thread being used should be adapted to the needle size. If the sewing thread is too fine (thin), it might slip out of the needle eye. If the sewing thread is too heavy (thick), it might break frequently.

 

 

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Household Needles, Q&A – Part 3

Can You Explain the Letters that Follow 130/705 H-?

Each type of SCHMETZ household needle has it’s own designation. Here is a table of the household needle types and their needle system designations that will help you understand the code behind the letters that follow 130/705 H:

Household Needle Systems
130/705 H Universal Needle (also known as 15×1 H)
130/705 H-SUK Jersey/Ball Point Needle
705 DE Double Eye Needle
130/705 H-E Embroidery Needle
130/705 H-E ZWI Embroidery Twin Needle
130/705 H-ET Embroidery Gold Needle
WING 130/705 H Hemstitch Needle
ZWIHO 130/705 H Double Hemstitch Needle
HLx5 High Speed Professional Quilter’s Machine Needles
130/705 H-J Jeans/Denim Needle
130/705 H-J ZWI Jeans/Denim Twin Needle
130/705 H LL Leather Needle (also known as 15x2NTW)
130 MET Metallic Needle
130 MET ZWI Metallic Twin Needle
130/705 H-M Microtex Needle
130/705 H-SU NonStick Needle
705 HDK Quick Threading
130/705 H-Q Quilting Needle
130/705 H-S Stretch Needle
130/705 H-S ZWI Stretch Twin Needle
130 N Topstitch Needle
130/705 H DRI Triple Needle
130/705 H ZWI Twin Needle
   
Other Popular Needle Systems
Your manual should specify that your machine requires the following needles.
705 B Bernina
BLx1 Overlock
DCx1 Overlock
ELx705 ELx705 Serger/Overlock
ELX705 ZWI Elna Elx705 Double Needle
ELx705 CF Elx705 Regular Point Chrome Finish Needles
ELx705 SUK CF Elx705 Medium Ball Point Chrome Finish Needles
HAx1 SP Universal Special Point Machine Needles

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Household Needles, Q&A – Part 2

What is the Significance of these Numbers: 75/11, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, etc.?

In 1942, uniform needle sizes were fixed. A metric size designation under the abbreviation NM was introduced to replace the 40 or so different size designations in use at that time. This “Number Metric” indicates the diameter of the needle blade in hundredths of a millimeter measured above the scarf or the short groove, but not at any reinforced part of the blade. A sewing machine needle with a blade diameter of 0.80 mm, therefore, corresponds to NM 80 and a needle with a blade diameter of 1.30 mm to NM 130. However, other size numbers are still in use today. For needle size 75/11, the larger number, 75, is the metric size designation. The smaller number, 11, is the Singer size equivalent. The comparison table below shows the corresponding needle sizes:

Sewing Machine Needle Size Designations

 

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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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