Choosing the Correct Sewing Needle for Projects

Choosing the Correct Sewing Needle for Projects

Not every sewing needle is created equal. Whether hemming a pair of pants or sewing a handmade pillow, picking the appropriate needle for a specific project will not only get the job done correctly, but make for a smoother process while preventing common errors.

Leather and Suede

Leather and suede are tough but delicate materials to sew. For sewing leather or suede items, a wedge-shaped point will create small stitch holes and stronger seams for heavy wear. A weaker needle will break, and the leather will rip and pull.

Linens/Batiste - Hemstitching/wings

Linens and batiste material are tightly woven fabrics that require a needle with a wide ''wing." This is especially important for heirloom embroidery and hemstitching. Since linens can be delicate, the use of the wrong needle can pull and stretch the fabric.


Denim and canvas also are tightly woven fabrics that require a needle with a sharp point and stiff shank to do the job without tearing or pulling. This type of needle is also used when sewing multiple layers of fabric. Breakage is a common mishap when the wrong needle is used. 


For quilting and other project patterns that involve thick layers, a tapered needle with a sharp tip will allow for smooth line formation. These needles are especially helpful for intersecting seams. Fabric for quilting has several layers that require a gentle yet swift hem. Skipped hems and torn fabric are usually result of an improper needle.

It is highly important to use the appropriate needle for each sewing project. If the incorrect needles are used, skipped stitches, frayed fabric, and even needle breakage may occur.