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Needles....A Visual Explanation!

Jul 18th 2020

We posted lots of helpful information last week on selecting needles, but if you prefer to watch instead of read....check out our youtube channel!

We understand that matching the right needle style for your INNOVA longarm machine can be confusing! There are so many different needles available. 134 MR DPx5 FFG/SES There are so many numbers and codes that it can be tough to remember which needle is the one you need!

Regardless of project or thread type, we highly recommend Groz Beckert needles- they are a quality, long-lasting needle that produces an excellent stitch. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can always find the product that you are looking for! Groz-Beckert Longarm Needles are specifically made for multi-directional use, which is exactly what INNOVA longarm machines need. Multi-directional design means more accurate stitching while moving the machine in any direction. Extra strength allows maximum flexibility and bending. The deep scarf prevents skipped stitches, less puckering, and less thread breakage.

Why do they have so many different designations on the package? Different needle manufacturers use different specifications for the same Groz Beckert lists all of the information that corresponds to that particular needle.

Want more information? Check out our blog at NEEDLE SIZE

On the upper right side of the package is the size designation. The sample package above is Nm 110/18 4.0 It's just 3 ways to say the same thing.

*Many longarm quilters usually look at the upper right number (18, in this case) , it ranges from 14-21 and 4.0 is just another way to see the size. Some sizes are listed below

90/14 = 3.0 100/16 = 3.5 110/18 = 4.0 120/19 = 4.5

So how do you know what size you need for your project?

If you are working with a fine, thin thread like 100 wt Silk or a 60 wt thread like Bottom line, you might want to us a #14 or #16 needle

If you are using a thicker 40 wt thread like Omni or Fantastico, an #18 needle is a better option.

18 is a good overall, general sized needle.

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