Sewing machine needles look very different from hand sewing needles. Best Sewing machine needles have their eyes located very close to their points, or the tip of the needle.
The eye is followed by a flat scarf of metal with a groove in it followed by the shaft of the needle which has a rounded side and a flat side. The shaft is shaped thus so that it is easy to ascertain the correct position in which it should be inserted into your sewing machine.
Sewing machine needles are made especially to suit your sewing machine and quickly and easily sew thread through any fabric. Milliners or straw needles have longer shafts and may be used in pleating and basting.
Choosing the correct sewing machine needle for your project can sometimes be a daunting task, as machine needles come in a bewildering array of sizes and styles. But there are essentially two facts to remember:
- The more delicate your fabric, the finer the needle and the finer the thread you should use.
- If your stitch is uneven or ragged looking, the first thing to try to correct the problem is to insert a new needle. Needles can develop burrs that cause pulls and uneven stitching.