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Date: 7/3/06 3:44 PM


I found some old, unused Kenmore needles and also have some used, newer Schmetz needles that I'm trying to identify and put into use. Anyone know whether the following is right or wrong, or how I can find out?

For Schmetz
Yellow apparently designates a Stretch needle, various sizes

Blue = Jeans needle, various sizes

Red = Embroidery needle, various sizes

Apparently, there's no color coding for these Schmetz needles:

Universal, Jersey, Topstitch, Coverstitch and maybe others

For Kenmore -- I have figured out (from online sources and old notes) the following:

Red = Universal, size 14

Blue = Ballpoint, not sure what size. I think this is the old "Q" needle.

Green = Topstitching, not sure what size.

I have some yellow topped needles that I think are old Kenmore needles. I can read "Organ 90/14" on them. Maybe they are ballpoint needles...?

Ideas? Thanks.



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-- Edited on 7/3/06 3:46 PM --

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Date: 7/3/06 5:32 PM

My Kenmore order catalog says:

Brown-9 lightweights (chiffon, georgette, organdy)
Blue-11 lightweights and knits
Orange-11 lightweights
Red-14 mediumweights
Brown-16 heavyweight
Green-16 upholstery fabric and canvas duck

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Date: 7/3/06 5:34 PM

purple means a microtex or sharp needle for schmetz.

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Date: 7/3/06 9:19 PM

Thanks for this info, ladies. That helps!

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Date: 7/3/06 9:29 PM

If you use a 10 power magnifier, you will also see the size etched into the needle.

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Date: 7/3/06 10:07 PM

I had a serger at one time that used Organ needles. I can't remember now whether it was Baby Lock or Pfaff.

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Date: 9/4/06 8:41 PM

I am going to ask again if anyone knows what the Kenmore blue needle is? Is it a ball point? This is the color code needle size as in my manual, but I want to know if the blue needle is a ball point?

blue - 11/75
gold (orange?) - 11/75
red - 14/90
purple - 16/100
green - 18/110

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Date: 9/5/06 2:10 AM

Muffet, in the Sears brochure it seems that the blue needle is much like the Singer blue was when I had my Singer. I used it rather all purpose..stretch and wovens. The brochure says that the Sears blue tip is for single knits, jersey, swimwear and tricot. It is also for Batiste, voile, pure silk, crepe de shine, sheer crepe, chambray, hankerchief linen, gingam, challis, percale, wool, crepe, Peau de soie, taffeta, and Quiana.

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Date: 9/5/06 10:32 AM

Is it a ball point though, Kylnne? It sure is working great on the knit I am working on so I cannot complain - I just have this fixation on knowing if it is a ballpoint...who knows why I neeed to know? :)

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Date: 7/17/09 1:29 PM

I know this is a very, very old message, but I have the same question...my Janome came with a pack of needles...on the silver ones I can read the size and brand (Organ)...on the blue one I can't see a thing, and I need a ballpoint, so I'm wondering whether that's it, or whether I need to put off my project a few days to go buy a pack of ballpoints.

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