I had taken a workshop at one time that taught about different needles and what they are best for. My take-away was the knowledge that a jeans needle is awesome!
There are a lot of different needles out there for different uses. The difference is the way they pierce the fabrics and it makes a difference in how the seam appears. A jeans needle is very sharp and pierces straight down plowing through everything, making a straight seam. A ball point has a rounded tip, which keeps the needle from snagging the knit or making a hole. A universal is in between. A ballpoint or universal tries to slip between the fibers, rather than piercing, so the seam is less straight.
|Our group's improve section--not really my thing|
but I'm sure the whole thing will be interesting
Universal: general sewing, mending, garments, wovens
Jeans; piecing and quilting
Quilting-also sharp and recommended for quilting
Ball Point: knits
Embroidery: using specialty threads
Microtex: precise topstitching
This is a good site to compare needles
It is probably a good time to remind people that needles get dull quickly, so as soon as you feel it snagging or acting dull--change it! After this experience I will never piece with anything but a jeans or quilting needle again!
|Now really--we're quilters! This seam was done|
during the meeting. The seams at the top were
done by me at home.