Whenever we go on a shopping spree, we come across clothes with beautiful embroideries and designs. We hardly think about the inputs that were required to turn yards of fabric into that particular piece. Even proper selection of needles is required for carrying out the desired function. You might think how important can something as small as a needle can be. You might be surprised to know that there’s a needle for every kind of sewing work.
No particular needle in the industrial sewing machines can carry out all the works. There are various companies which provide a wide range of industrial sewing machine needles. Sewing Machine Australia (SMA) is one such company based in Australia. They offer a wide range of sewing needles for every kind of industrial sewing machine.
Various types of industrial sewing machine needles and their uses:
Every type of industrial sewing machine needs particular needles for sewing various fabrics. You cannot expect one sewing machine to work just fine for leather, jeans, sequined fabrics etc. Like, Singer 132K6 are used only for sewing leather. Choosing the right kind of needle for carrying out the job can be confusing. Here are a few types of industrial sewing machine needles and their respective uses:
- Embroidery: The needles for embroidery are designed to be used with fabrics like cotton, polyester, rayon and acrylic embroidery thread. These needles have a comparatively larger eye. This prevents shredding when sewing is done with special threads for machine embroidery.
- Universal: As the name suggests, you can use these needles in almost every sewing application. However, if you are trying to stitch a delicate or a heavy fabric, you might want to go for a different needle. They are mostly used for fabrics that are woven, as sharper needles might ruin the fabric. Unlike many needles, this one has a flat shank. Thus, you might want to check your machine, as only a rounded shanked needle is used in most of them.
- Ballpoint: These needles are very similar to the universal needles. The only difference is that the edge of the ballpoint needles is rounded and not tapered. These needles are mainly used to sew on fabrics which are closely woven without cutting its threads. These needles come in different sizes. However, they will have proper instruction regarding the fabrics they can be used on.
- Wing: This type of needles got their name from their distinctive feature. On each side of the needles, there are distinct flanges. Their work is to create a hole in the fabric which the stitch holds open. These needles can also be called hemstitching needles as they are used on borders and hems very often. They are mainly used for decorative finishing.
- Leather: Needles used on leather fabrics have triangular point having a wedge. This allows the needles to make clean and larger holes through the thick fabric. They are also used on suede and hard vinyl. They are mainly used in making belts, leather garments or repairing shoes.
- Denim: As the name suggests, this type of needles is particularly designed for denim/jeans fabrics. They can also be used on fabrics that are tightly woven and also on cotton. They have a strong shaft, slender eye and sharp strong point. These features allow them to easily penetrate thick fabrics.
These are a few varieties of needles that are used in industrial sewing machines. Each of them performs a particular task and works on a particular kind of fabric. They also have distinctive designs and each one is meant for a particular sewing machine in clothing industry.