What’s Happening at Central
Hello again folks! This week I have been learning all about Embroidery. Up until now I have been purely a garment stitcher. However, embroidery has never played a role in that for me, so I am very excited to learn all about it.
I did my first ever embroidery this week on the Elna Expressive 820. It was rather simple to use. I was able to combine words and pictures on screen. As well as edit the text and picture angles. Then you could save the image either on the machine’s pocket or a USB for later stitching!
I think they turned out pretty nice! What do you think??
Tips and Tricks
In last week’s post “Needles Needles” I promised that I would tell you all about the different types of needles. Well here we go:
Universal Needle — Now, this baby is your go-to needle! It is what you use when you are sewing on your basic cottons or materials with a slight stretch to it. This baby can handle most everything you throw at it and most people don’t stray far from the trusted universal but if you are working on any sort of specialty fabric then you are going to want to branch out a bit. This needle has a slight ball point, which makes it good for both woven and knits.
Sizes: 60/8, 65/9, 70/10, 75/11, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, 120/19, Assorted, Twin, Triple.
Jersey / Ball Point Needle — This needle is what you use when you are working to make that next great t-shirt or knit dress. The ball point pushes the knit of the fabric to the side rather than piercing through it like you would do with a woven. This makes for easier sewing and sturdier seams.
Available sizes: 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, Assorted.
Stretch Needle — This needle has the same tip as a jersey needle. However the big difference here is in the scarf (if you don’t know what that is, it’s the groove on the back of the needle, it is illustrated above). It has a deep scarf to prevent skipped stitches. Designed for synthetic suede’s or elastic knitwear, in other words use this for that bikini you have always dreamt of making.
Available sizes: 75/11, 90/14, Twin.
Quilting Needle — This one is very near and dear to all our quilters out there. There is a special taper to the shaft and a sharp point to prevent damage to material sewn in layers. That means you can piece with precision and quilt without hurting your lovely fabrics.
Available sizes: 75/11, 90/14, Assorted.
Microtex Needle— This needle here is as sharp as they come. If you are working on a very delicate fabric like a satin then the Microtex will work like a dream. Its sharp point pierces straight through your fabric while minimizing damage to your beautiful fabrics. This is great for quilt piecing because its thin sharp point can make very straight stitches and we all know how important that is! The Microtex also works well on microfiber fabrics.
Available sizes: 60/8, 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, Assorted.
Denim/Jeans Needle — This needle is obviously for sewing your jeans, or any other densely woven fabric for that matter. So if you are sewing through strong twill or even multiple layers of fabric this is the needle for you. It has a very sharp point and stiff shaft that makes it easy to get through those tougher fabrics. Available sizes: 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, Assorted, Twin.
Embroidery Needle — This needle treats your beautiful embroidery threads like gold! it has an enlarged eye, a deeper groove as well as a special scarf. All of these features help protect your fragile threads and protect against friction. The Embroidery needle is designed for rayon and polyester embroidery applications.
Available sizes: 75/11, 90/14, Assorted, Twin.
Topstitch Needle — As you can probably guess by the name, this is THE needle to use when topstitching. Topstitching thread is generally thicker, this way it shows up nice and crisply on your project, this needle accommodates for that thickness by having an extra long eye. This also means that it is great for if you are using poor quality threads (which would be a shame because every project deserves the very best) because the larger eye won’t damage the thread as much as a regular needle would. It is extra sharp with an enlarged groove to accommodate large diameter threads and dense fabrics.
Available sizes: 80/12, 90/14, 100/16
Metallic Needle — If you are ever sewn with metallic threads and you haven’t used this needle, then I’m sure you have experienced the joy of watching your thread shred itself as it goes through the eye of the needle. Well, no more! The metallic needle is designed with an enlarged polished eye to accommodate specialty threads. That means no more of that terrible shredding.
Available sizes: 80/12, 90/14, Twin.
Leather Needle — Again the name is rather self explanatory. Surprise, surprise this needle is to be used when sewing on leather; however it is also handy on artificial leather and heavy non-woven synthetic fabrics. The Leather needle has a cutting point rather than a sharp or a ballpoint. The point literally cuts a hole in the hide so that the thread has somewhere to go.
Available sizes: 70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16, 110/18, Assorted.
Wing Needle – This needle is popular for heirloom sewing and decorative cut work. It has wings on each side of the needle (hence its name). As the wing needle descends through the fabric, the fins spread the weave and make a hole without cutting or tearing the fabric.
Available sizes: 100/16, 120/19, Twin.
Well that’s it for this time! I hope you learned something, I know I sure did 🙂
~May your bobbin always be full~