Choosing the Right Embroidery Needle

Custom Embroidery

Choosing the wrong needle for a project is one of the most common embroidery mistakes beginners make. There are different fabrics and types of stitches that require a certain needle in order to be successful. So, we’ve put together a quick guide so that you can make sure you pick the right needle every time.

General Tips

  • The needle you choose should glide through the fabric without needing to be tugged.
  • The ideal needle will be small enough so that it doesn’t leave a hole in the fabric once you pull the needle through.

Types of Embroidery Needles

Embroidery Needles (Sharps)

This is the most common type of embroidery needle. It has a sharp tip and an eye that’s bigger than standard sewing needles. This is a good needle to choose if you’re working with tightly woven fabrics like cotton or polyester.

Tapestry Needles (Ball-pointed)

This needle has a dull point and is used when the needle needs to slide between the threads of a fabric rather than pierce it. It also has an eye that’s larger than embroidery needles so it’s a good option if you are working with thicker fabrics and embroidery threads.

Milliner’s Needles

This type of needle is long and sharp with round eyes. It’s a good idea to choose this needle if you’re looking to begin a ribbon embroidery project or want to work with heavy threads like pearl cotton.

Chenille Needles

This needle is a good choice if you want to work with wool or crewel embroidery. That is because the needle is sharp like embroidery needles but it is short with a longer eye that allows for thicker thread.

For more information about how to get started in embroidery, contact American Stitch at 702.233.8567.

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