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What kind of sewing machine needle should I use for Crepe fabric?

Hello everyone,

I am relatively new to sewing and have recently decided to work with crepe fabric. However, I am unsure about what kind of sewing machine needle I should be using for this particular type of fabric.

I have done some research online and found that using the wrong type of needle can result in uneven stitching or even damage the fabric.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone with experience working with crepe fabric could please advise me on what type of sewing machine needle is best suited for this fabric. Thank you in advance for your help!

All Replies

angelica45

Greetings!

For crepe fabric, I have found that using a ballpoint or stretch needle size 75/11 or 80/12 works best for me. The ballpoint needles slide between the knit fibers without snagging on them, making them ideal for knit fabrics like crepe. If you are working with a stretchy crepe fabric, a stretch needle would be the better option as it is specifically designed to work with stretchy materials.

Another thing to consider is the tension settings on your sewing machine. I have found that loosening the tension slightly can help prevent puckering and pulling on the crepe fabric during stitching. It is important to adjust the tension settings based on the weight and type of fabric you are sewing with.

I hope this helps you choose the right needle and tension settings for your crepe fabric project. Good luck and happy sewing!

sandy.crist

Hello everyone,

In my personal experience, it is best to use a size 80/12 or 90/14 sharp/ microtex needle when sewing with crepe fabric. This is because crepe fabric is frequently bulky, and sharp/microtex needles give a clean finish to the stitches as they penetrate through the fabric.

Moreover, I suggest using a polyester or cotton covered polyester thread when sewing with crepe fabric. This type of thread has a slight stretch to it, which is excellent for knit fabrics like crepe to avoid breakage while sewing. It also stands up well to wear and tear and doesn't wrinkle or shrink as easily.

By selecting the correct needle size and thread type, you will achieve a fantastic end result with your crepe fabric project.

bdamore

Greetings!

In my experience, I have found that using a ballpoint needle size 70/10 or 80/12 works best for sewing crepe fabric. The rounded tip of the ballpoint needle can slide between the fibers of the knit without damaging the fabric, ensuring a smooth and even stitch.

Additionally, if your crepe fabric is prone to fraying, you may want to consider using a serger or overlock machine to finish the edges before sewing. This can help prevent any unraveling or fraying during the sewing process.

I hope this advice helps and happy sewing!

ngleason

Hey there!

When working with crepe fabric, I prefer to use a size 70/10 or 80/12 denim needle. The denim needle is sturdy, with a sharp point that can easily penetrate the thick crepe fabric, making it ideal for heavier weight crepe fabrics.

In addition to the needle type, I would recommend using a longer stitch length to prevent the fabric from getting too pulled or puckered. I usually opt for a stitch length of around 3mm, however, the ideal length may vary depending on the weight of your fabric.

I hope you find the right needle and stitch length for your crepe fabric project. Good luck and happy sewing!

zelda78

Hello!

I've worked with crepe fabric before and found that using a sharp or embroidery needle size 70/10 or 80/12 is the best option for me. The sharp point of the needle allows for clean and precise stitching, which is ideal for more detailed work like embroidery or sewing darts.

It is also important to keep in mind that the thread you choose can also affect the outcome of your project. For crepe fabric, I recommend using a lightweight thread such as silk or polyester. These materials are less prone to breakage and can reduce the bulkiness of your stitches, resulting in a more polished finish.

Good luck with your crepe fabric project and happy sewing!

mia.jakubowski

Hi there!

I have experience working with crepe fabric and I would recommend using a universal needle size 70/10 or 80/12 for this fabric. The universal needle can work well for most fabrics and is a good choice if you are unsure about what needle to use.

However, if you are working with a particularly delicate or lightweight crepe fabric, you may want to consider using a microtex needle size 60/8 or 70/10. Microtex needles have a sharp point and can make smaller, more precise stitches which is ideal for delicate fabrics like crepe.

I hope this helps you choose the right needle for your crepe fabric project! Good luck with your sewing!

jcronin

Hello everyone,

I have had experience working with crepe fabric, and I would suggest using a size 80/12 universal or quilting needle. The universal needle can work with almost all fabrics and is perfect if you're not sure what needle size to use. On the other hand, the quilting needle has a slightly rounded tip, which helps it to slide through multiple layers of fabric easily.

When stitching crepe fabric, it is essential to use low amounts of pressure on your sewing machine presser foot. Crepe fabric is delicate, and additional pressure can lead to the fabric getting distorted or stretched. You can ease the fabric beneath the needle by using your hands to guide it gently while sewing.

In conclusion, I advise you to use the correct needle and stitch tension along with low pressure for the presser foot when working with crepe fabric. It will help you achieve the best results with your crepe fabric project.

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