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Choosing the proper Needle

Posted: 25 August 2012 at 6 a.m.

Choosing the Proper Needle

Superior Topstitch Needle & Universal Needle

We usually choose our needle based on the size of thread, not based on the sewing application. The majority of professionals we talk to tell us they use the Topstitch style needle on home machines for most projects because it works so well for piecing, quilting, embroidery, crafting, and almost all sewing applications. Exceptions are when sewing on a knit fabric (use a ball point needle) or a very heavy denim or leather fabric (use a specialty needle).

The Topstitch needle has three advantages:
1. Large, elongated eye puts much less stress on the thread. This is especially beneficial for delicate, decorative, and sensitive threads.
2. Light sharp point.  Not razor sharp which cuts, but a light sharp point which separates the fabric fibers, then penetrates.
3. Deeper and wider groove which protects the thread.

Recommended sizes:

Superior's Titanium-coated Topstitch Needles#70/10 for very fine threads (60 wt. and finer) such as MonoPoly, #100 silk, Bottom Line
#80/12 for fine threads.  50 wt. threads such as MasterPiece, So Fine, #50 silk
#90/14 for medium threads.  40 wt. threads such as King Tut, Rainbows, embroidery threads
#100/16 for heavier threads.  30 wt. and heavier


Titanium-coated Topstitch needles cost only 20 cents more per needle than a regular needle and last 5-8 times longer.

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  • 6. Todd (02 January 2013 at 4:35 p.m.)

    @Rena: Regarding our titanium-coated Topstitch needles and Schmetz's topstitch needles, the Schmetz needles are longer than our titanium-coated Topstitch needles by Organ Needle Co. by .07 mm or .0027 inches. We have over 25+ Bernina 730's in our facility and we only use our brand (made by Organ needle co.) of needles in them and enjoy great sewing success. For a good visual aide, please click on the 'Education' button up top, and then 'Articles'. Click on 'Needles' and you will see a link to 'Needle Length Differences'.
  • 5. Rena Holma (01 January 2013 at 9:50 a.m.)

    I was wondering if there are any differences in length or dimension between Schmetz and Organ needles. I use both and find that I like your Organ needles there seems to be a slight difference in the lenght--Organ seems a bit longer. Will this damage my machine??
  • 4. Kay Rohring (28 August 2012 at 8:19 a.m.)

    I just started to use Superior needles and I will continue to use them as they are great.
  • 3. Melissa Dunworth (25 August 2012 at 7:58 a.m.)

    I love the Superior Needles - it is amazing just how much longer they last. I get so much more for my money because I am not having to constantly replace my needle. Love them!
  • 2. Melissa Dunworth (25 August 2012 at 7:58 a.m.)

    I love the Superior Needles - it is amazing just how much longer they last. I get so much more for my money because I am not having to constantly replace my needle. Love them!
  • 1. Kathy Kaser (25 August 2012 at 7:33 a.m.)

    I love the durability of titanium needles and bought every size of Superior's topstitch needles. Do they make a titanium ball point needle? I recently learned that ball needles are good for satin stitching and tacking down fusable projects as there are no holes, it "parts" the threads instead).

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