Specific needles for a special sewing experience

SCHMETZ also offers you a variety of special sewing needles with which you can further refine your sewing projects. This includes Hemstitch Needles, Embroidery Spring Needles, Double Eye Needles, and Quick Threading Needles.

Don't be scared off by the appearance of the special needles, they are just as easy to handle as standard needles. We would like to present these needles to you in detail here so that you too can discover one for yourself. So be brave and get sewing:

 

Hemstitch Needle

Hemstitch Needles, also called Wing Needles, can be used for decorative seams and hemstitches in loosely woven fabrics. The traditional hemstitch effect is created by the "wings" on both sides of the needle blade which push the fabric threads to the side. The fabric threads support this effect by preventing the woven fabric from taking on its original position.

The best results and the most visible holes are achieved by using a decorative stitch where the needle is inserted multiple times into the same stitch hole. These stitches are sometimes already marked in bold as hemstitch stitches in the machine instructions. Traditional hemstitch embroidery in fine batiste or eyelet embroidery on linen are classic examples of this needle type.

Please make sure to use a zigzag stitch plate with an elongated stitch hole. It is best to apply the first stitches manually by turning the hand wheel in order to verify whether the needle is touching the needle plate. You should also test different decorative stitches on fabric scraps in order to determine the optimal thread tension as well as stitch length and width.

 
 

Tips

  • Give simple blouses a special effect along the buttonhole strip.
  • Stitch particularly accented seams with 40 gauge viscose (rayon) or multi-color threads.
  • Create stitch motifs on your embroidery machine.
  • Conjure up decorative effects when sewing on lace.
  • Prevent seam puckering on soft/light fabrics by using spray starch or a non-permanent stabilizer such as tear-off fleece or water-soluble or heat-sensitive embroidery film.

 
 

Available needle sizes
NM 100, NM 120

Coating
Nickel

Point shape
Slightly rounded point merging into particular shape

Special features
Wing-like needle blade

Color marking
Just the needle size

 
 

Embroidery spring needle

If you have never sewn using an Embroidery Spring Needle, beginning to work with one can feel somewhat unusual. Even the appearance of this special Universal Needle is greatly different from other needles: The spring that surrounds the needle takes on the function of the presser foot.

Sewing with Embroidery Spring Needles, also called freemotion sewing, needle painting, or freemotion quilting, is actually easier at the beginning if you increase the sewing speed significantly. To do so, the material must be moved slowly to prevent the stitch length from becoming too large. If you would like to start at a lower speed, we recommend moving the material very slowly, otherwise you run the risk of breaking the needle. Depending on the machine, you may have to reduce the thread tension (use a smaller number or turn to the left with older machines).

To be able to sew with the Embroidery Spring Needle, prepare your sewing machine as follows: Lower the feed dog as described in the operating instructions (you may not be able to lower it with certain types of machines; the feed dog toothing will be covered by a corresponding part). Remove the presser foot and lower the presser foot bar. Then insert the Embroidery Spring Needle and thread as usual. First apply a straight stitch and then begin with normal thread tension. We recommend doing your first stitching attempts on a scrap piece of fabric in order to check the thread tension. The stitch should look the same from both sides of the fabric.

 
 

Tips

  • To lock the stitches, first sew several stitches onto the same position. After this you can continue to sew using stippling or other designs, for instance.
  • Create freemotion embroidery using a zigzag stitch: Begin as normal to get a feel for it. To create a satin stitch, move the material very slowly.
  • "Sew write" your name to create a personal touch.
  • Use multi-color threads to create a special effect.
  • Determine the stitch length yourself via manual feeding.
  • Use washable or tear-off interlining for stabilization purposes.

 
 

Available needle size
NM 80

Coating
Nickel

Point shape
Slightly rounded point

Special features
Spiral springs replace the presser foot

Color marking
Just the needle size

 
 

Double Eye Needle

The Double Eye Needle has two needle eyes. This keeps the thread sequence the same, as opposed to two threads through one needle eye.

Thread each thread one after the other through every guide, while paying attention to the spacers over the needle (if present). When doing so, it is best to refer to the machine operating manual provided by the manufacturer.

Insert the needle completely into the needle bar until you reach the stop. You should always try out the desired decorative stitch first, starting with the smallest stitch width and then incrementally increasing it. If the upper thread is not grasped in an optimal manner, you can affix the needle just below the stop, less than 1 mm, in the needle bar.

Then carefully turn the hand wheel and apply the first stitches manually. This will prevent damage to the machine or needle. If neither of the upper threads are able to intertwine with the lower threads in an optimal manner, then we recommend checking the fine adjustment of the machine.

 
 

Tips

  • Use different thread colors to create special embroidery works.
  • Create special effects using multi-color threads.
  • Apply a thicker seam by using threads of the same color.

 
 

Available needle size
NM 80

Coating
Nickel

Point shape
Slightly rounded point

Special features
Two needle eyes

Color marking
Just the needle size

 
 

Quick Threading Needle

Threading made easy: Sometimes it can be difficult to find the eye in the needle. The Quick Threading Needle makes this simpler. This needle has a small slot on the side of the needle eye through which the thread simply slides into the eye.

 
 

Tips

  • Use the Quick Threading Needle as an alternative when your sewing machine does not have a needle threader.
  • Make threading far easier with the Quick Threading Needle.
  • Do not use the Quick Threading Needle when working with thin, fine materials.

 
 

Available needle sizes
NM 80, NM 90

Coating
Nickel

Point shape
Slightly rounded point

Special features
Eye slotted laterally

Color marking
Just the needle size

 
 
 
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