Point shapes for SCHMETZ household sewing machine needles

There is often the misconception that sewing needles are always sharp, especially among beginners to sewing. However, if you look at the points in detail, you will see that there are different point shapes used for different applications: SCHMETZ offers six different point shapes, each with a different area of application, for its household range.


You can test it out for yourself and see what effects the different points have while sewing: Get a Jeans and Microtex Needle, NM 110 each – the thicker the needle, the better the test can be performed. Now try to penetrate multiple layers of the denim material using the Microtex Needle. You will notice that this requires a great deal of force. Carry out the same test using the Jeans Needle. Far less force is necessary here to penetrate the layers. The reason for this is that each point has different effects: for instance, rounded points reduce the penetration resistance of woven and knitted fabrics, making sewing easier for you and your machine.

The point styles for SCHMETZ household sewing machines in detail:


1. Slightly rounded point

The slightly rounded point is the standard point shape for household sewing machines. This point shape is qualified for trouble-free sewing of most materials and many applications.


The following sewing needles have a slightly rounded point:

  • Universal Needle
  • Super Universal Needle
  • Topstitch Needle
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Metallic Needle
  • Double Eye Needle
  • (Hemstitch Needle)
  • (Quick Threading Needle)


2. Acute round point

This is a slim, acute point shape, useful for accurate piercing of densely woven and coated materials. It creates an exact seam appearance with straight stitches and helps to reduce seam puckering.


The following sewing needle has an acute round point:

  • Microtex Needle


3. Slightly rounded point with special taper

The slim point with special taper to the slightly rounded point easily penetrates thick layers of fabric and batting and avoids material damages. It is the best point shape for quilting and patchwork.


The following needle has a slightly rounded point with special taper:

  • Quilting Needle


4. Light ball point

This point shape displaces woven and knitted threads, directly piercing the spaces between the threads. Therefore, it avoids material damages. This is the best point shape for embroidery.


The following sewing needles have a light ball point:

  • Embroidery Needle
  • Gold Embroidery Needle


5. Medium ball point (SUK)

The medium ball point is more rounded than a light ball point. Therefore, it can be used for coarser knitwear, for material containing Lycra/Spandex and it is also very suitable for medium to heavy denim.


The following sewing needles have a medium ball point:

  • Stretch Needle
  • Jersey Needle
  • Jeans Needle


6. Twist point (LL)

This cutting point has a lens-shaped cross-section and the incision is made at an angle to the direction of the seam. It provides easier penetration of leather and leather-like materials. This point shape creates a decorative stitch slightly inclined towards the left (in household machines which are threaded from the front).


The following sewing needle has a twist point:

  • Leather Needle

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