Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review

Advanced Search
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Photo Album
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Choosing needles by size, point and scarf (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 5099 times
Review rated Helpful by 1 people   Very Helpful by 6 people   
Posted by: Janie Viers
Friend of PR
About Janie Viers star
Member since: 4/8/02
Reviews written: 61
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 5 people
tips added: 29
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 5/17/05 10:11 PM
We all know that the right needle is important. We use a ballpoint needle of the correct size and the sharp needle of the right size. But sometimes we forget that the scarf (the little indent behind the needle's eye) is important too. Each kind of needle has a different size/shape "scarf". Top stitching needles and metallic embroidery thread needles have a much larger scarf to allow the thread to pass through the fabric wiithout the thread being eroded by the friction.

I remembered this when I was trying to sew with some home decor thread and the blasted stuff kept breaking! I had put in a size 18 sharp needle which had an eye big enough to thread, but the scarf wasn't big enough to let the thread glide smoothly through the fabric and meet up with the bobbin thread! I put in a 18 metallic (I ran out of topstiching needles) and voila, problem solved.

So you have to decide on the needle point needed for the fabric, the size needle for the wieght of fabric and the scarf size (or needle type) for the thread size. AnD you thouGHt remembering regular, sharp and ballpoint in sizes 8/10/12/14/16/18 was tough! Now add topstitching, quilting, jeans needles, leather needles and metallic thread needles to the equation in sizes 8/10/12/14/16/18!!!!
Merchants on PR
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

3 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Andee said...
I have been sewing professionally for years and never heard the term "scarf" before. Is there a list somewhere of the different scarf sizes for the various needles. Which is the smallest, which is the largest, etc? many thanks
5/18/05 6:38 AM
Renee' S said...
Andee, here's the url for Superior Threads web site, scroll down to needles and you'll find all kinds of interesting information
5/18/05 1:22 PM
Janie Viers said...
Denver fabrics has a list of different reg. needles, too.
5/18/05 1:44 PM

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us