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Pins and Needles

Sewing machine needles, hand needles and pins for sewing and quilting.  Glass head and flower head pins.  Schmetz needles.

How to choose the right needle size:

The sizes are found on the front of the packaging. That first number is the Number Metric (shown as NM). It is simply the diameter of the needle shaft in millimeters multiplied by 100. That means that our standard "80" needle is really 0.80mm in diameter.  The larger the needle size, the stronger and thicker the shaft.  Larger needles perform better than small ones on thicker fabrics, and thinner ones are best for thin or fine fabrics.

The American system uses 8 to 19, 8 being a fine needle and 19 being a thick heavy needle. European sizes range from 60 to 120, 60 being a fine needle and 120 being a thick heavy needle.

Remember :

1. Change your needle often.  2.Choose the needle eye based on the thread you use. The thread should pass through the needle eye with the minimum amount of friction. 3. Choose needle sizes just large enough to get the job done. A needle that's too big leaves unsightly holes.

For more information see :  The Schmetz Needle Chart

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