Do you use different sizes of hand sewing needles, sewing machine needles, etc.?
When I first started to step on a sewing machine (when I was a student), I sewed without paying much attention to needle size, so I often experienced eye skipping and other phenomena.
Through our company’s manufacturing, we have learned that a single needle can make a difference in the quality of a product, and we are now working with a focus on needles.
In this issue, I will write about this needle, which is indispensable for manufacturing.
I am Yu Yamamoto, a member of the TAILORS WORLD editorial team.
Needles have a long history; needles made of bone and horn have been found among Paleolithic artifacts.
In Europe, it was even invented in Siberia 30,000 to 40,000 years ago. In China, the needle was once considered a weapon and was used as a dark instrument. It is said to have been used as a tool for assassination, hidden under a sleeve and thrown at an opponent on the spur of the moment, or as a weapon for self-defense. The needle as we know it today originated in China and came to Japan from Europe through Korea.
Needle Types and Uses
There are different types of needles.
There are sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles (meriken needles), embroidery needles, and special needles. Needle thickness, needle hole size, and length vary depending on the number, so they are used according to the material and application.
Types of Sewing Machine Needles
|Sewing Machine Needles for Home Use||HA (flat type)|
|Industrial Sewing Needles||DB(Round) HL(Flat)|
|No.7||Used especially for thin fabrics|
|No.9||Used for thin fabrics|
|No.10||Used for ordinary fabrics|
|No.11||Used for ordinary fabrics|
|No.14||Used for thicker fabrics|
|No.16||Used especially for thick fabrics|
|No.18||Used especially for thick fabrics|
Types of hand sewing needles (meriken needles)
|7||For thick cloth training|
|8||For festivals on thick fabrics, For festivals on regular fabrics|
|9||For festivals and tacking on regular and light fabrics|
In particular, the length of the needle is related to the size of your hand, so it is important to make it the length that is most comfortable for you.
Leather Sewing Needle
Circular and triangular needles
These needles are used to thread the thread through the holes.
The tip of the needle is rounded and will not damage the leather. Circular needles are used for sewing leather along the stitching line made by eye stitching.
It has a sharp, knife-like tip and is used for soft or thin leather. It is characterized by its ability to sew while directly piercing holes with a triangular needle.
After 2 years of training at a major order-made suit store in Japan, I started my career in apparel materials and fabrics.
I’m especially good at suits and coats.