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Top ten tips for sewing with Universal needles

Enjoy sewing with confidence with Beissel top quality Needles.



Always use Beissel Universal (130-705 HU Universal) needle. This is the ideal needle for all general purpose sewing.

Home sewing needles run at speeds up to 750 stitches per minute and even that in most cases sewing is intermittent. So, they are nickel plated which has served well for as long as one can remember. Chrome is harmful to environment because of the effluent the plating generates. Avoid any chrome plated needles for regular home sewing.




The needle point is likely to become dull after about 8 hours of sewing. It will begin to make a bigger hole and a “punching sound” making the machine work harder. A needle is the least expensive item in your project. Do not wait for the needle to break. Change to a nice fresh needle after 8 hours of sewing or when starting a new project. Your sewing machine will work as it is new!


Needle Beissel Universal Needles are available in a wide range of sizes-  60/8, 70/10, 75/11, 80/12,  90/14, 100/16, 110/18 and 120/19. Use this guide for selecting the right size –

Lightweight fabrics such as georgette or organdy – 60/8
Medium-weight jersey, Lycra, linen, or calf leather – 70/10 or 80/12
Heavy fabrics like jeans, vinyl, upholstery or canvas- 90/14 or 100/16; and
Very heavy fabrics. 110/18 or 120/19.


Thread Polyester is an all-purpose thread. The thread is heat resistant in addition to being strong and colorfast. Polyester threads are often coated with silicone or wax finish to allow them to slide through the fabric easily. For regular woven garment sewing, polyester is perfect choice.


Sewing problem Skipped stitches- check the machine setting. Or thread quality. If you cut about two feet good quality thread and hold both ends, it must hang like a necklace. A poor quality thread will not and most likely cause skipped stitch.


Sewing Problem Needle breakage – if you needle breaks often, check the tip of broken piece. If it is damaged, it means the needle has hit a machine part- throat plate or shuttle hook. In such cases needle will break only at Scarf. If it has broken at the blade, it means needle has been pulled when thread is still attached. In that case needle will break only at blade but never in Scarf.


Sewing Problem Thread cut – Good quality Needles have superbly polished eye which is done by deburring techniques. Cheap needles cannot afford this and, if you examine under microscope, will see rough edges in eye. This will cause thread breakage. A damaged shuttle hook or throat plate also will cause thread breakage.


Plating Home sewing machine needles are nickel plated about 3 microns. The Home sewing machines run at less than 1000 stitches per minute an even that very intermittently. The heat heat generation will be minimal. Therefore, there is no need to buy chrome plated needles which are not only expensive but hazardous to environment.


Packaging Home users are used to plastic packaging. These are once-use plastic which then damage environment. Go forBeissel Eco paper packaging!


Pre-wash fabric Highly recommended. Fabrics shrink, chemical colours will run … all these will spoil the garment if washed after project is completed. Can cause puckering if unwashed.


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