Using the correct needle for the fabric will save lots of problems and make your sewing a lot easier too. There is a wide range of needle sizes:
- 60|8 for Light weight fabrics such as silk, cotton lawn & sheer.
- 70|10 for light weight fabrics such as cotton lawn, net, muslin & nylon sheer.
- 75|11 for light weight fabrics such as cotton shirting & quilting cotton.
- 80|12 for medium weight fabrics such as quilting cotton, poplin & gingham.
- 90|14 for medium weight fabrics such as linen, linen union, cotton sateen and curtain linings.
- 100|16 for heavy weight fabrics such as denim, upholstery fabrics, leather, pvc &vinyls.
- 110|18 for heavy weight fabrics such as selvage denim, heavy canvas and leather.
I have made a needle size chart in PDF format if that helps. Amongst the range of sizes are various specialty needles:
Stretch needles are designed to prevent skipped stitches on fine, lightweight knits. Great for lycra, silk jersey and multi way stretch fabrics. worth trying if a ball point needle is skipping stitches.
I use most brands of needles, some are better than others and I know some machines prefer certain brands. A friend has a Bernina and only uses Schmetz, but my machine is much more forgiving. Do you have a favorite brand of needle?