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Needle Styles

  • Home Machine Needles
  • Serger Needles

What type of home machine needle can I use?

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

A. We have a Juki Tl-98QE, which is an earlier version of your machine. We love it for chain piecing! We successfully use our Titanium-coated Topstitch needles in our Juki sewing machine and have fantastic results. We also have a Baby Lock Jane (very similar, high-speed straight stitch machine) and only use our Topstitch 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 up to 1,500 stitches per minute. Many quilters, sewists, and crafters use these machines for all-purpose sewing and quilting. If you are stitching at high speeds (1,500 stitches per minute) and sewing through thick fabric, such as denim, canvas, or leather the HLx5 needle is recommended due to its unique shape and core strength. If you are piecing, quilting, or general sewing through regular fabric, you can absolutely use our Topstitch needles on your high-speed home sewing machine.

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.

Superior Needles

An in-depth explanation about popular needle styles and their designed use cases:

130/705H (15x1, HAx1)

This is the Universal home machine needle on which many styles are based including: 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 and/or elastic knit fabric. The rounded point gently separates fibers instead of cutting through delicate knit fabric.

There is slight difference with the shape of the shaft with this needle which makes it stronger than the standard 130/705H (Universal) needle. This needle is commonly used on high-speed, straight stitch machines for sewing on thick fabric such as canvas, denim, and leather at speeds of 1,500+ SPM. It is chrome plated.

HAx1LL (15x2, HAx2, 130LR)
This needle is the Leather 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.

This needle is made specifically for cover stitch machines and sergers. It has 2 grooves, one in the front of the needle shaft and on on the back of the needle shaft, a slightly longer scarf, and a light ball point.

This needle is for sergers and overlock machines and is nickel plated. It has a ball point that won't cut through the fibers of knit fabrics. This needle is considered the universal needle for sergers.

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