Embroidery is a delicate process and each element must be selected carefully depending on the type of results you wish to achieve. This Tip Tuesday we’re going to discuss three key embroidery needle topics: the size, point, and needle material options that can be used for your Embroider Buddy®and other projects.

Recommended Needle Size

The perfect embroidery needle sits between 70 and 110 mm in size. Needles that are 70 mm in size are a finer needle. As the size increases, so does the density. Your choice in needle size is mostly dependent on the type of material, thread and stabilizer used for your specific design.

Suggested Needle Point

There are three main needlepoints used for sewing machine embroidery; ballpoint, universal and sharp. Each of these needlepoints is needed for particular embroidery materials.

In most cases, you’ll find yourself using the universal needlepoint as it sits perfectly between your ballpoint and sharp options. The ‘universal’ needle point can accommodate many different types of fabrics, as well as stabilizers.

The exception to this rule is if you choose a thin stabilizer, then you’ll need a sharp needlepoint. By choosing a sharp needle point for a thin stabilizer you are able to gently penetrate the fabric without tearing it.

If you’re working on knit fabrics, this is the job for a ballpoint needle. This prevents the creation holes or pulls in the fabric. The hole or pulls caused by improper needle selection may not be easy to identify at first, but after washing the item, the damaged fibers will start to separate.

Needle Material Options

Delicate and small embroidery projects can be completed with your basic chrome plated needles. More difficult embroider project may require a more durable needle. In this case, you would likely opt for a titanium needle. This ensures that your needle holds its proper shape. Additionally, you can expect your needle to last anywhere from three to five times longer than a chrome plated needle.

By sorting through these three needle embroidery topics, you should be able to assess your project’s needs. Any embroiderers out there have any extra tips? Comment below!