Which Sewing machine is best for Quilting?

May 16, 2018
Find The Best Sewing Machine

This Sewing Machine Needle Guide will help you through the maze of needle types you're confronted by in the quilt and sewing stores.

Choose the Point Style

Always choose the point style (type of needle) based on the fabric you use in your quilt.

Ballpoint needles are for knits. Because of this, we won't discuss ballpoint needles further.

Sharp needles with acute points are needed for high thread count fabrics like batiks. Regular quilt store cottons are happy with about any type of needle in between.

Needle Types

The needle types discussed here are all from the Schmetz line. Schmetz makes a high quality sewing machine needle that is available at most quilt stores.

Type Universal
Point Slightly rounded
Sizes 60/8, 65/9, 70/10, 75/11, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, 120/19
Schmetz Color Code None

A multi-purpose needle especially good for the casual sewer who hems a skirt one day and repairing a tee shirt the next. Do not use on high thread count fabrics or for stitching through many layers. In a bind, go ahead and piece or quilt with this one, but there are better choices.

Slim and acute
70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18

A strong, sharp needle with a reinforced blade. This needle is designed for use on tightly woven fabrics. Quilters also like it for high thread count fabrics like batiks.

Small ball point prevents damage when stitching through embroidered areas
75/11, 80/12, 90/14

Designed for use with rayon and other specialty threads. It has a special scarf, a long smooth groove and large eye which protects fragile threads like metallics from excess friction and shredding.

Slim, acute, slightly rounded

Engineered for use in both piecing and machine quilting. The shaft is thin and tapered to pass through many layers of fabric smoothly. The design keeps stitches nice and even and helps eliminate skipped stitches.

Microtex Sharp
Very slim and acute
60/8, 65/9, 70/10, 80/12, 90/14

A slim needle with a thin shaft. Produces a very small hole and less puckering. It's my choice for any piecing.

The extremely sharp point makes for nice straight stitches. It is designed for microfibers which makes it perfect for use on batiks, pima cottons, cotton sateens.

Source: www.generations-quilt-patterns.com
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