Embroidery needles for perfect results
Do you occasionally have to struggle with thread breakage, "thread balls", skipped stitches, material damage, puckering or an irregular embroidery appearance? An incorrectly chosen embroidery needle could be the reason for this. We help you find the right needle for your job and give you useful tips and information so that you always achieve the best embroidery result possible.
Selecting the appropriate needle depends on the garment to be embroidered, the thickness of the material, the thread and the size of the motif.
Needles for single and multi-head embroidery machines differ in terms of
- the needle tip
- the needle size
- the needle system (flat versus round piston geometry).
The use of a suitable embroidery needle not only reduces the amount of work and increases productivity, but can also save money. Discover high-quality, state-of-the-art embroidery needles to achieve the embroidery results you desire.
The material to be embroidered plays a decisive role in the selection of the suitable needle. With the different types of fabric, a basic distinction is made roughly between woven and knitted fabrics:
In order to protect the fabric and the embroidery design from damage, fabric threads and stitches should be displaced as far as possible when the needle is inserted.
Accordingly, so-called “cloth points” are used for embroidery applications, also known as ball or round tip. They differ in their size and shape. For the sake of simplicity, we use the term "round tip" here. Round tips with a small ball displace less fabric than round tips with a large ball.
For example, if the fabric is tightly woven, the wrong needle can quickly cause waves or holes in the material. In this case, use a needle that is as “pointed” as possible, such as a round tip with a small ball (RG), which can easily penetrate the fabric.
Loose, elastic woven fabrics, on the other hand, require a needle with a slightly round tip, i.e. a light / medium ball (FFG), which displaces the individual threads but does not pierce them.
A light / medium ball (FFG) should also be used for close-knit fabrics.
Coarse mesh fabric, often referred to as “knitwear” and used for cardigans or beanies, is mainly refined with patches. If you still want to apply direct embroidery, a "large round" needle or medium / large ball (FG) is recommended.
A rule of thumb:
The more stable and closed the surface, the smaller the round tip. The more flexible and open the surface, the larger the round tip.
In addition to the needle tip, the needle size is decisive for the quality of the embroidery results. The size of the design, the thread and the material density determine the choice of needle size. The finer the fabric and the smaller and more detailed the motif to be embroidered, the finer the needle should be.
The information about the size is metric and is shown in a 1/100 scale. A needle with a needle size of 65 therefore measures 0.65 mm in diameter at its thickest point. 65 to 75 needles can be used as standard all-rounders or solutions for the majority of applications.
Download our needle selection guide now to get an overview and our recommendations on needle systems and sizes for all available Madeira threads.
The choice of needle system depends on your embroidery machine. A distinction is made between flat and round piston systems. If you are unsure which system is suitable for your embroidery machine, please contact your machine manufacturer.
NEW Brother PR 130/705 H needles
Brother PR needles will no longer be available under the Groz-Beckert brand in the future. In order to always offer you a good selection and a high delivery capacity, needles of the Schmetz brand will be added to the range. Please pay attention to the needle size and the article number when ordering.
- Schmetz needle 130/705 H 65/9 RG (article number 024065RG) will replace Groz Beckert needle with same number.
- Schmetz needle 130/705 H 75/11 RG (article number 024075RG) will replace Groz Beckert needle 75/11 FG (024075FG).
- Schmetz needle 130/705 H 100/16 RG (article number 024100RG) will replace Groz Beckert needle 100/16 FG (0240100FG)
All information on orders and local availabilities can be obtained from your local Madeira partner.
Do you still have any questions?
We have summarised more tips and tricks as well as many answers to your questions about embroidery in our FAQ.