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How do I find needles for my Longarm quilting machine?

Posted: 11 February 2016 at 6 a.m.

This is one of the most commonly asked questions we receive.

Understanding the writing on needle packages can be confusing.  There are so many numbers, but which ones are the ones you need to know?  Here’s a helpful diagram explaining the numbers on the needle package.

Needle Numbering

The key numbers to know when ordering the right needles for your machine is the needle system (the numbers in the left, mid-section) and the needle size (the numbers in the upper right corner). 

What to do next?  Simplify the entire longarm needle purchasing process by using our Longarm Needle Finder.  It’s so easy.  Choose the machine you have then select the needle size you need.  Not sure what size you should buy?  Use our Longarm Thread Reference Guide to help.

One final tip.  It’s helpful to keep an old needle package on hand to reference when reordering needles.  One way to have one always readily available is to attach a small piece of Velcro to the package and to your longarm so you never have to look, never have to wonder, if you’re ordering the right needles.


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