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  1. Cynthia Junkin says:

    I have an older Bernina Record 830 it needs a flat backed shank for the needles. It has a 705B needle system. Will your double needle stretch needle work with my machine? I am having problems with skipped stitches with an interlock fabric. What is the difference between the stretch single needles and the ball point single needles.
    On your website it states that the universal double needles may be used on knits. But if single universal needles poke holes, why would they be recommended for knits?

    • SCHMETZneedles says:

      The following response comes courtesy of Petra Donath of SCHMETZ in Herzogenrath, Germany:

      “705 B is a needle without scarf. Your customer can definitely use the modern 130/705 H and its variations, including double needles (provided a zigzag stitch plate is used). The jersey (also called ball point) needle has a medium ball point which takes care that the knit is not damaged. The stretch needle also has a medium ball point, but additionally, a specially designed eye and scarf area and a special shank flattening. These features help the stretch needle to avoid skip stitches in elastic stretch material.

      The universal needle has a slightly rounded point which works well, even in many jersey fabrics. If the fabric is more sensitive, e.g., a viscose knit, I would change to a jersey/ballpoint needle or to a stretch needle, depending on the elasticity of the fabric.

      We always recommend to test the needle on a remnant after you have cut the fabric. We also recommend to change needles regularly, that means to use a new needle after approximately 8 hours of sewing time, or for each new project. That way, damages of the fabric by a damaged needle tip can be avoided.”

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