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The 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (1 of 7)

Posted: 3 April 2014 at 6 a.m.

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If you are having a tear-your-hair-out experience because of thread issues in your home sewing machine, it could be that you are committing one of the 7 Deadly Sins of Sewing (GASP!!)

Why are these sins so deadly?  Well, if you're experiencing this much frustration, some one could end know...

1st Deadly Sin:

Sewing with the wrong needle size

Sewing with too-small of a needle can cause your thread to shred.  The size of the needle should correlate with the thickness of the thread you are using.  This ensures the thread can move smoothly through the eye of the needle and have enough protection the groove of the needles shaft.  Are you experiencing skipped stitches?  Time for a new needle.

We recommend using Superior’s Topstitch needle for most sewing and embroidery applications.   These needles are amazing for at least two reasons.  First, the eye of a topstitch needle is nearly twice as long as the eye of a universal needle.  This extra length helps reduce friction, resulting in fewer thread breaks.  Second, the titanium coating extends the life of a needle up to 8 times longer than chrome-plated needles. 

Topstitch vs. standard needle

2nd deadly sin...

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  • 6. Celeste @ Superior Threads (28 November 2016 at 10:49 a.m.)

    Ann -- Yes! Superior's Topstitch will work in your machine. Our needles are compatible with any machine that uses a standard home machine needle with a flat sided shank. If your sewing machine manual says to use a 130/705H, 15x1, or HAx1 needle, you can use Superior's Topstitch needle.
  • 5. Ann (23 November 2016 at 7:21 p.m.)

    Do they work on Bernina 730 machines ?
  • 4. Celeste @ Superior Threads (05 May 2014 at 11:48 a.m.)

    Great question Becky. The difference between Superior's Topstitch and other Topstitch is that our Topstitch is titanium-coated. The titanium-coating keeps our needles sharper 5-8 times longer than nickel or chrome needles.
  • 3. Becky (03 May 2014 at 10:43 p.m.)

    You show the comparison between a universal and the Superior topstitch needle but show the eye size comparison between the Superior topstitch needle and other topstitch needles. would like to see that because I do prefer a topstitch over a universal but why your brand?
  • 2. Anastasia (03 April 2014 at 8:39 a.m.)

    If you sew on vintage machines (like a Featherweight or 301, in my case, a 201) the needle can be in the wrong direction as well.
  • 1. Ellen (03 April 2014 at 8:34 a.m.)

    Using a topstitch needle for most things has changed my life. The Universal needle should be hung by it's thumbs for all to see! Sewing Superior metallic threads with a topstitch 14 needle changed my outlook on metallic thread forever.

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