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.
The point styles for SCHMETZ household sewing machines in detail:
Slightly rounded point
The slightly rounded point is the standard point shape for household sewing machine needles. 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
- Metallic Needle
- Double Eye Needle
- Quick Threading Needle
Slim, slightly rounded point
This point with slim taper to the slightly rounded point allows a particularly smooth and gentle penetration into sensitive fabrics and avoids material damages.
The following needle has a slightly rounded point:
- Quilting Needle
- Black Super Fine Needle
The acute point is qualified for accurate piercing of woven materials. It creates an exact seam appearance with straight stitches.
The following sewing needle has an acute point:
- Longarm Quilting Needle
Slim acute point
This point with slim taper to the acute point is suitable 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 slim acute point:
- Microtex Needle
Medium ball point
The medium ball point displaces fabric threads and loops and penetrates into the gaps. This prevents material damage. It is used in knitwear and materials with elastane. It is also very suitable for denim and for embroidery.
The following sewing needles have a medium ball point:
- Stretch Needle
- Super Stretch Needle
- Black Super Stretch Needle
- Jersey Needle
- Jeans Needle
- Gold Jeans Needle
- Embroidery Needle
- Gold Embroidery Needle
The twist point (LL) is a cutting point with a lens-shaped cross-section; 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 LL
Half triangular point
The half triangular point (DH) is a cutting point with a triangular cross-section. It provides easier penetration of leather and leather-like materials. This point shape creates particularly straight stitches.
The following sewing needle has a half triangular point:
- Leather Needle DH
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.