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Help - Sewing needles

 

1. Which sewing machine needle is used for which fabric?

2. Overview of the special needles

3. Replace your sewing machine needle regularly!

4. What do you do? – The sewing machine is missing out stitches.

5. Which needle is recommended for stretch fabrics (jersey, stretchy clothing fabrics)

6. Which needle can I use to sew canvas, wax cloth and thinner belt straps?

 


 

1. Which sewing machine needle is used for which fabric?

If the needle, fabric and thread are compatible, your machine will sew smoothly. An unsuitable needle forces the thread through the fabric instead of allowing it to glide through smoothly. This results in the sewing thread breaking or damages the fabric. A frequent error is using a needle which is too small for the thread.

Weight: Very light

Weight: light

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: heavy

    • Fabric: poplin, corded wool fabric, linen, chintz, gabardine, felt, terry products, hand woven linen, quilting, double knitted fabric (synthetic or natural)
    • Needle type: universal woven fabric
    • Needle size: 90
    • To product: W6 sewing machine needle, woven fabric 90 (5 needles)

Weight: heavy

Weight: heavy

Weight: heavy

Weight: very heavy

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2. Overview of the special needles

Type: Quilting

Type: embroidering

Type: Microtex

Type: titanium

Type: top-stitch

Type: twin-stretch (twin needle) 4 mm

Type: twin (twin needle) 2 mm

Type: Blue Tip

 

sewing with the W6 twin needle super stretch 4.0

  • twin needle stitching on the top surface of the fabric

zwillingsnadel-mit-naht-oben

  • twin needle stitching on the bottom surface of the fabric

zwillingsnadeln-mit-naht-unten

  • twin needle stitching on the top surface of the fabric

zwillingsnaht02_s

  • twin needle stitching on the bottom surface of the fabric

zwillingsnaht01_s

 

With mechanical models: from W6 N 1135 to W6 N 1235/61

  • Presser foot: Standard zigzag foot
  • Application: for stretch fabrics for sewing a t-shirt hem seam
  • Setting: Straight stitch, always set the needle in the centre position
  • Stitch length: 3-3.5
  • Thread tension: reduce to 3 (for other sewing work, always set to 4!)


W6 sewing tip:
If the seam is wavy or pulls together, like the light blue fabric in our example, then you must place W6 stabiliser under the bottom of the fabric. This will give you a better stitch pattern.


With the computer models: from W6 N 2000 to W6 N 9000

  • Presser foot: Standard zigzag foot
  • Application: for stretch fabrics for sewing a t-shirt hem seam
  • Setting: Straight stitch, always set the needle in the centre position
  • Stitch length: 3-3.5
  • Automatic thread tension: reduce by one position (for other sewing work, always set to auto!)


W6 sewing tip:
If the seam is wavy or pulls together, like the light blue fabric in our example, then you must place W6 stabiliser under the bottom of the fabric. This will give you a better stitch pattern.

  

Twin needle vs. coverstitch machine

  • Twin needle stitching on the top surface of the cover

zwillingsnaht-cover-oben

  • Twin needle stitching on the bottom surface of the cover

zwillingsnaht-cover-unten

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3. Replace your W6 Wertarbeit sewing machine needle regularly!

  • We recommend replacing your needle with a new one approx. every 4 hours.    
  • When you sew, the needle goes through the fabric (approx. 800 stitches per minute), and each time, your machine does two things:    
  • -> it makes a hole in the fabric to allow the thread to slide through    
  • -> it makes a loop with the thread which forms the stitch.    
  • The bobbin case picks up this loop when it moves. To do this, the thread is guided 0.05 mm or less behind the needle.    
  • If your needle is bent or blunt, skipped stitches or torn thread may occur, or the sewing machine may create loops or become caught up in the thread. Your fabric is pulled into the sewing machine, this causes damage to your fabric or even to your machine.

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4. What do you do? – The sewing machine is missing out stitches

If the sewing machine is missing out stitches, i.e. no stitch can be formed, this is mostly due to the sewing machine needle. Please replace your used sewing machine needle after approx. 4-6 hours of sewing – your needle has become blunt through use. If you have hit a pin with the needle, please replace your needle right away – the tip of your needle has been damaged.

Back to overview


 

5. Which needle is recommended for stretch fabrics (jersey, stretchy clothing fabrics)

The super stretch needle with a slightly spherical tip was developed to slide between the synthetic polyester fibres without damaging them. With this needle, you can sew all stretchy fabrics such as jersey, stretchy trouser fabrics etc. They are also suitable for woven fabrics. Jersey needles are only suitable for 100% cotton jersey and cannot be used to sew materials with synthetic content.

W6 tip: Super stretch needles in size 90 can also be used for firm woven fabrics such as non-stretch cotton fabric.

Back to overview


 

6. Which needle can I use to sew canvas, wax cloth and thinner belt straps?

Very special materials can also sometimes be processed by your sewing machine. For a continuous operation or constant sewing of these materials, we recommend that you use an industrial machine. No domestic machine is designed for this sort of work.

Please observe our tips and information to be sure of nice stitches and a good sewing experience.

Working with canvas

  • Needle: titanium needle (size 90) or denim needle (size 100)    
  • Presser foot: anti-stick foot or roller foot or anti-stick roller foot    
  • Setting: central needle position, (set to straight stitch)    
  • Stitch length: 3 to 4    
  • Thread tension: 2 to 3 (for other sewing work, please set back to 4!)    
  • Sewing tip: If the fabric doesn’t travel well, please place a sheet of baking parchment on your fabric. This makes it easier for you to transport the fabric and you can achieve a better stitch pattern

Working with wax cloth

  • Needle: titanium needle (size 90) or denim needle (size 100)    
  • Presser foot: anti-stick foot or roller foot or anti-stick roller foot    
  • Setting: central needle position, (set to straight stitch)    
  • Stitch length: 3 to 4    
  • Thread tension: 2 to 3 (for other sewing work, please set back to 4!)    
  • Sewing tip: If the fabric doesn’t travel well, please place a sheet of baking parchment on your fabric. This makes it easier for you to transport the fabric and you can achieve a better stitch pattern

Working with thinner belt straps

  • Needle: titanium needle (size 90) or denim needle (size 100)    
  • Presser foot: standard zigzag foot    
  • Setting: central needle position, (set to straight stitch)    
  • Stitch length: 3 to 4    
  • Thread tension: 2 to 3 (for other sewing work, please set back to 4!)

Back to overview

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Help - Sewing needles

 

1. Which sewing machine needle is used for which fabric?

2. Overview of the special needles

3. Replace your sewing machine needle regularly!

4. What do you do? – The sewing machine is missing out stitches.

5. Which needle is recommended for stretch fabrics (jersey, stretchy clothing fabrics)

6. Which needle can I use to sew canvas, wax cloth and thinner belt straps?

 


 

1. Which sewing machine needle is used for which fabric?

If the needle, fabric and thread are compatible, your machine will sew smoothly. An unsuitable needle forces the thread through the fabric instead of allowing it to glide through smoothly. This results in the sewing thread breaking or damages the fabric. A frequent error is using a needle which is too small for the thread.

Weight: Very light

Weight: light

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: medium

Weight: heavy

    • Fabric: poplin, corded wool fabric, linen, chintz, gabardine, felt, terry products, hand woven linen, quilting, double knitted fabric (synthetic or natural)
    • Needle type: universal woven fabric
    • Needle size: 90
    • To product: W6 sewing machine needle, woven fabric 90 (5 needles)

Weight: heavy

Weight: heavy

Weight: heavy

Weight: very heavy

Back to overview


 

2. Overview of the special needles

Type: Quilting

Type: embroidering

Type: Microtex

Type: titanium

Type: top-stitch

Type: twin-stretch (twin needle) 4 mm

Type: twin (twin needle) 2 mm

Type: Blue Tip

 

sewing with the W6 twin needle super stretch 4.0

  • twin needle stitching on the top surface of the fabric

zwillingsnadel-mit-naht-oben

  • twin needle stitching on the bottom surface of the fabric

zwillingsnadeln-mit-naht-unten

  • twin needle stitching on the top surface of the fabric

zwillingsnaht02_s

  • twin needle stitching on the bottom surface of the fabric

zwillingsnaht01_s

 

With mechanical models: from W6 N 1135 to W6 N 1235/61

  • Presser foot: Standard zigzag foot
  • Application: for stretch fabrics for sewing a t-shirt hem seam
  • Setting: Straight stitch, always set the needle in the centre position
  • Stitch length: 3-3.5
  • Thread tension: reduce to 3 (for other sewing work, always set to 4!)


W6 sewing tip:
If the seam is wavy or pulls together, like the light blue fabric in our example, then you must place W6 stabiliser under the bottom of the fabric. This will give you a better stitch pattern.


With the computer models: from W6 N 2000 to W6 N 9000

  • Presser foot: Standard zigzag foot
  • Application: for stretch fabrics for sewing a t-shirt hem seam
  • Setting: Straight stitch, always set the needle in the centre position
  • Stitch length: 3-3.5
  • Automatic thread tension: reduce by one position (for other sewing work, always set to auto!)


W6 sewing tip:
If the seam is wavy or pulls together, like the light blue fabric in our example, then you must place W6 stabiliser under the bottom of the fabric. This will give you a better stitch pattern.

  

Twin needle vs. coverstitch machine

  • Twin needle stitching on the top surface of the cover

zwillingsnaht-cover-oben

  • Twin needle stitching on the bottom surface of the cover

zwillingsnaht-cover-unten

Back to overview


 

3. Replace your W6 Wertarbeit sewing machine needle regularly!

  • We recommend replacing your needle with a new one approx. every 4 hours.    
  • When you sew, the needle goes through the fabric (approx. 800 stitches per minute), and each time, your machine does two things:    
  • -> it makes a hole in the fabric to allow the thread to slide through    
  • -> it makes a loop with the thread which forms the stitch.    
  • The bobbin case picks up this loop when it moves. To do this, the thread is guided 0.05 mm or less behind the needle.    
  • If your needle is bent or blunt, skipped stitches or torn thread may occur, or the sewing machine may create loops or become caught up in the thread. Your fabric is pulled into the sewing machine, this causes damage to your fabric or even to your machine.

Back to overview


 

4. What do you do? – The sewing machine is missing out stitches

If the sewing machine is missing out stitches, i.e. no stitch can be formed, this is mostly due to the sewing machine needle. Please replace your used sewing machine needle after approx. 4-6 hours of sewing – your needle has become blunt through use. If you have hit a pin with the needle, please replace your needle right away – the tip of your needle has been damaged.

Back to overview


 

5. Which needle is recommended for stretch fabrics (jersey, stretchy clothing fabrics)

The super stretch needle with a slightly spherical tip was developed to slide between the synthetic polyester fibres without damaging them. With this needle, you can sew all stretchy fabrics such as jersey, stretchy trouser fabrics etc. They are also suitable for woven fabrics. Jersey needles are only suitable for 100% cotton jersey and cannot be used to sew materials with synthetic content.

W6 tip: Super stretch needles in size 90 can also be used for firm woven fabrics such as non-stretch cotton fabric.

Back to overview


 

6. Which needle can I use to sew canvas, wax cloth and thinner belt straps?

Very special materials can also sometimes be processed by your sewing machine. For a continuous operation or constant sewing of these materials, we recommend that you use an industrial machine. No domestic machine is designed for this sort of work.

Please observe our tips and information to be sure of nice stitches and a good sewing experience.

Working with canvas

  • Needle: titanium needle (size 90) or denim needle (size 100)    
  • Presser foot: anti-stick foot or roller foot or anti-stick roller foot    
  • Setting: central needle position, (set to straight stitch)    
  • Stitch length: 3 to 4    
  • Thread tension: 2 to 3 (for other sewing work, please set back to 4!)    
  • Sewing tip: If the fabric doesn’t travel well, please place a sheet of baking parchment on your fabric. This makes it easier for you to transport the fabric and you can achieve a better stitch pattern

Working with wax cloth

  • Needle: titanium needle (size 90) or denim needle (size 100)    
  • Presser foot: anti-stick foot or roller foot or anti-stick roller foot    
  • Setting: central needle position, (set to straight stitch)    
  • Stitch length: 3 to 4    
  • Thread tension: 2 to 3 (for other sewing work, please set back to 4!)    
  • Sewing tip: If the fabric doesn’t travel well, please place a sheet of baking parchment on your fabric. This makes it easier for you to transport the fabric and you can achieve a better stitch pattern

Working with thinner belt straps

  • Needle: titanium needle (size 90) or denim needle (size 100)    
  • Presser foot: standard zigzag foot    
  • Setting: central needle position, (set to straight stitch)    
  • Stitch length: 3 to 4    
  • Thread tension: 2 to 3 (for other sewing work, please set back to 4!)

Back to overview