Without strong, well-crafted needles, today’s sewing machines would be useless. Although needles may seem like simple items, they are an idea that is thousands of years in the making and one of the most basic and essential of all sewing machine accessories. The one item that anyone who owns a Janome HD1000 needs is the right needle. By understanding a little about how sewing machine needles are made and the different types available, any machine owner can be sure they are using a needle that meets their requirements.
The Basics of Sewing Machine Needles
A sewing machine needle is one that is customized to be used in a sewing machine. This type of needle has a few significant differences from a needle for hand stitching, although it serves the same basic purpose. Needles made for Janome sewing machines have the eyehole close to the point rather than at the top. Sewing machine needles are constructed with a shaft or groove in the back that helps feed the thread while the machine is running. There is also a shank at the top that fits into a clamp on the machine that holds the needle in place.
How Are Sewing Machine Needles Made?
Although a needle is a very simple tool, the process of making one, including needles for sewing machines like the Janome HD1000, is quite involved. Most sewing machine needles are constructed from hardened chrome or nickel-plated steel; however, the process from raw materials to sharpened, precision sewing machine needles is a long one.
Surgical quality steel wire is passed through a number of advanced, specially-developed machines that cut, punch, press, mill, sharpen, smooth, polish, and finish it specifically to fit sewing machines of all kinds. After many steps and what seems like an impossibly long process for such a small item, finished needles can then be used in sewing machines to provide smooth, reliable stitching without damaging the fabric or the thread.
Types and Styles of Sewing Machine Needles
Sewing machine needles are made by size or diameter, which describes the thickness of the needle itself and the size of the eyeholes. Needle gauge is important for durability when sewing through different fabrics as well as in terms of the size of the hole it makes in the fabric. Generally speaking, the finer the fabric, the thinner the needle should be and the finer the thread used to sew it. Needles made for sewing machines are available in sizes that range from 60, or .6 mm for light and fine fabrics; to 120 or 1.2 mm for denim, canvas, and other heavier fabrics.
Besides the needle diameter, sewing machine needles are made in various types according to how the needle is being used. Needle types differ in point shape and sharpness to accommodate different fabrics and threads. They may also be slightly curved or include other special features that allow for the automatic sewing of special stitches as is done with specialty sewing machines like the Janome HD1000. Many sewing machine manufacturers sell needles for their machines that have color-coded shanks indicating size and type, which makes it easier for machine owners to buy the right needle for their stitching needs.
Sewing machine needles are readily available in many shapes, sizes, and types for all types of stitching projects. Owners of Janome HD1000 sewing machines should refer to their user manuals to determine which of these important sewing machine accessories is recommended for their model and usage. By using the right needles, sewing machine users should have few issues sewing their projects and minimal needle breakage!