What needle do you use to sew denim?

What size of needle is best for denim?

For heavy weight fabrics such as denim, canvas and upholstery you will need a larger needle such as a 100/16, 110/18 or 120/20. The heavier the fabric, the larger the needle sized required.

Do you need a special machine to sew denim?

You will need a heavy-duty and sturdy machine to sew many layers of thick denim like the hem of the jeans at the seam; the industrial machines do this easily enough. You may have to take it a little slow with your regular machine, change the needle to the appropriate one for a thicker fabric.

What is a denim needle?

Jeans/Denim needles are specifically designed for penetrating extra thick woven fabrics and denims with minimum needle deflection. This results in reduced risk of skipped stitches and needle breakage. The most popular denim needle size among sewist is size 100/16.

How do you sew jeans without breaking the needle?

Depending on the fabric and the construction of the seams, you may need to go slow (very slow) and help the needle through by turning the wheel with your hand. Sewing through full-speed-ahead is what breaks the needles when they come upon a particularly dense section of fabric.

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Is denim hard to sew?

It’s strong, durable, doesn’t snag, is easy to cut, and it’s really satisfying to sew. There are just a few tips and tricks (and tools) I try to keep in mind when working with denim. Choose the right design.

How do I choose a needle for my sewing machine?

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind: the lighter the fabric the smaller the needle size and the heavier the fabric the larger the needle size. Many times the thread you will be using for your sewing project will also determine the type of needle you choose.

How do I know what sewing machine needle to use?

The first colour indicates the needle type and the second colour indicates the needle size. For example, as shown on the colour chart: the first colour on the needle diagram is yellow, which means that the needle is a Stretch needle. The second colour is mauve, which means the needle size is a 75/11.

Is a Jersey needle the same as a ballpoint needle?

Stretch and jersey needles

Ballpoint needles have an even more rounded tip designed to avoid breaking fibers in knits and fabrics with spandex. Jersey needles are even more rounded than stretch needles, and are more indicated for knits than for stretch wovens.