home machine needlesWhat type of Home Machine Needle can I use? How do I choose the right needle?

Q. I have a Juki TL-2000Qi machine which I use for piecing and FMQ. The manual says that I need to use an HLx5 needle in this machine. I've heard many good things about Superior's needles and would love to try them, but they're not in the needle type I need for my machine. Can I use your Topstitch needles in my Juki?

A. We have a Juki Tl-98QE, which is an earlier version of your machine. We LOVE it! We successfully use our Titanium-coated Topstitch needles in our Juki and get fantastic results. We also have a Baby Lock Jane (very similar, high-speed straight stitch machine) and only use our needles with it. 

The High-speed home machines (Juki TL series, Baby Lock Jane, Janome 1600P, etc) are created for a single purpose; clothing construction at high stitching speeds of 1,500 SPM. Many quilters, sewists, and crafters love these machines for all-purpose sewing. If you are stitching at high speeds (1,500+ SPM) and sewing through thick fabric, such as denim or canvas, the HLx5 needle is recommended. If you are piecing, quilting, or general sewing through regular fabric, Superior's Needles are fantastic for these purposes. 

An in-depth explanation about needle styles and purposes:

Home machine needles are 'Flat Shanked', meaning that the top portion of the needle which is inserted into the needle bar of your machine has a flat back and can only be inserted into your machine in one direction. Common styles for home machine needles are: 15x1: HAx1, 130/705H, SY2020, 206x15, and PFx130. These needle designations are available in a wide range of sizes with different metal plating/coating and points (such as ballpoint or sharp).

  • 130/705H (15x1, HAx1)
    • This is the standard home machine needle on which many styles are based including: Universal, Sharp, Topstitch, Embroidery, and Quilting. These needle styles are based off the 130/705H but have different qualities such as plating/coating, point type, eye length, groove width, etc.
  • 15x1 SP
    • This needle designation denotes a 'stretch needle'. It is usually paired with a ball point and used for stretchy/elastic knits. The rounded point gently separates fibers instead of cutting through delicate knit fabric.
  • HLx5
    • There is slight difference with the shape of the shaft with this needle which makes it slightly stronger than the standard 130/705H needle. This needle is commonly used on high-speed, straight stitch machines for sewing on thick fabric such as canvas/denim at speeds of 1,500+ SPM. It is Chrome-plated.
  • HAx1LL (15x2, HAx2, 130LR)
    • This needle is the 'Leather" point needle. It has all of the same features as a 15x1 needle, with the addition of a lens-shaped point to cut through leather and other heavy materials (it has a sharp, cutting point). 
  • ELx705
    • This needle is made specifically for cover stitching (Serger machines). It has 2 grooves, a slightly longer scarf, and a light ball point.
  • HAx1SP
    • This needle is for serger (overlock machines) and is nickel plated. It has a ball point for knit fabrics.

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By: Bob Purcell