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Date: 7/6/13 7:03 PM

I bought three 'things' of Schmetz universal needles off eBay, 705H as my machine takes. I thought I bought a variety but I didn't! I have fifteen needles all size 80/12!!! LOL

Is this bad? What other sizes should I have? Is 15 size 80/12 ok for most fabrics? HELP!

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Date: 7/6/13 8:05 PM

12 is a good, utilitarian needle size. It will cover a lot of different fabrics. My favorite size is actually 11, which is only a smidge different.

I wouldn't use it on lightweight silks, or heavy denim. But it will handle most fabrics in-between.

This Threads Magazine on-line article might help you out.

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Date: 7/6/13 8:07 PM

Thank you!

I bought another pack of a smaller size off eBay for $3 (free shipping) as I want to sew some simple sheers.

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Date: 7/7/13 0:57 AM

Considering you need to change them out regularly, you will use the 15 in no time.

I buy them 100 at a time for about $12 shipped. I use 11s and 14s most often and even in bulk like that, I have to buy them once a year.

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Date: 7/7/13 3:12 AM

Where do you buy your needles @ $12/100?

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Date: 7/7/13 12:36 PM

I want to know, too!

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Date: 7/13/13 1:30 AM

Well, here you go, and with free shipping to boot!

Organ Needles

I am not associated with this firm, but did order needles from them (size 20 are hard to find at Joann's) and am happy that I did.

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Date: 7/13/13 3:03 AM

Thanks, Al. That's where I get mine, too.

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Date: 7/13/13 8:00 AM

Yep I buy my needles by the 100s also because they are so much more economical. That way I never feel bad about changing them out. Of course back in the 60s and 70s I could use a needle for a year but not today with the speed and technology of modern machines. Well I am sure it wasn't that good for my fabric back then either.

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Date: 7/13/13 9:38 AM

Size is only one issue with needles and fabric. Type is another thing. The most common (as the Thread ariticle discusses) types are universal, stretch/ball point and sharp. Stretch and ball point are different (at least in the Schemtz brand). I buy my needles on sale at Hancock's or JoAnns when they are half price. I keep all types and sizes on hand. I seldom do heavy fabrics (like jeans) but I do alot of knits and light wovens. I use a 9 or 11 stretch for most of my knits and an 11 or 12 sharp for most wovens. I seldom use a universal anymore. Heavier fabrics take a 16 or 18. Sometimes it is a guess as to what needle to use. If everything else is ok (threading and bobbin) and stitches are not right or the machine seems to be struggling, I will try a different type or size of needle. I know there have been discussions about how long to use a needle. I try to plan several items of the same type of material. That way I set up my machine and serger to match my fabric, sew several garments and then toss the needle when I switch fabric types. It is not worth the frustration to reuse a needle that might be bad.

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