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How to Decode Sewing Machine Needle Packets
130/705 H-J 70/10 What do all those numbers and letters mean?
You can learn just about everything about a sewing machine needle from the numbers and letters on the packet . . . IF you know how to decode them. Here’s a short directory to help you decipher the labels and know what kind of needles are in each package.
- 130 refers to the length of the needle shank
- 705 indicates that the back of the shank is flat; the flat side goes toward the back when the needle is properly inserted
- H is an abbreviation for “Hohlkehle” – German for “long scarf” – meaning that the design of the needle scarf is improved for zigzag and other stitches in which the needle moves from side to side
- J (or S or Q of other letter) indicates the type of needle, particularly the type of point. If no letter is indicated, the needle has a Universal point (or points)
- DRI = Triple (in German, drei = e)
- E = Embroidery, E ZWI = Double Embroidery
- J = Jeans (Denim), J ZWI = Double Jeans
- L, LL, or R = Leather
- M = Microtex
- Metafil = Metafil
- MET = Metallica, MET ZWI = Double Metallica
- N = Topstitching/Cordonet
- Q = Quilting
- S = Stretch, S ZWI = Double Stretch
- SUK = Fine Ballpoint
- SES = Medium Ballpoint
- ZWI = Double or Twin (in German, zwei = 2)
- ZWIHO = Double Wing
- 70 (or other number from 60 to 120) is the European designation for the diameter of the shaft in hundredths of millimeters; the smaller the number, the narrower the needle
- 10 (or other number from 6 to 20) is the American label for the size of the shaft; the smaller the number, the narrower the needle