Recommended Needles and Threads
On the Explore Our Products page or in our Fabric Specifications and Details article, you’ll find detailed specifications for each fabric base, including fiber content, weight, printable width, and country of origin. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a link to three files with needle and thread information.
How do you sew on satin?
Sewing with Satin Fabric: 10 Tips
- Use the right size needle and thread.
- Ease up on your tension.
- Beware of the water spot.
- Smooth rough surfaces.
- Don’t press with steam.
Can you stitch satin?
Because satin frays so easily, finishing your seams with pinking, serging, or zig-zag stitching are all good options because they are lightweight and won’t show through on the right side of the garment. Satin and seam-rippers don’t get along, and ripping out a seam on satin will almost always result in holes.
What size needle do you use for sewing silk?
A smaller needle, such as a 60/8, 70/10 (fine silk, georgette, chiffon) or 80/12 (medium weight silk), is recommended for silk fabrics and other lightweight counterparts.
Can you wash satin fabric?
Satin fabric can be washed by machine or by hand; when washing satin, use cold water or a chemical-free detergent, and keep it out of direct sunlight to keep its shine.
What does a satin stitch foot do?
The Satin Stitch Foot, also known as an “applique” or “special purpose” foot, is used to sew decorative stitching or surface embellishments on a variety of projects. It has a tunnel or groove on the underside that allows it to glide freely over decorative or heavy stitching.
Should you wash satin before sewing?
The consensus is that you should not pre-wash satin fabrics before sewing because the cold water required for pre-washing will not shrink the fabric, and since satin is a delicate fabric, you want it to be in perfect condition before sewing.
What size needle do I need to sew vinyl?
Because Vinyl is a heavier fabric, you’ll need a needle that can handle the extra thickness without breaking. Prep your sewing machine with a Leather or Denim needle size 90/14, or even a Denim Twin Needle for perfectly symmetrical stitches, before starting your next project.
What is a 100 16 needle used for?
Large needle sizes u2013 100/16 and 120/18 u2013 are used with heavyweight threads like upholstery and topstitching threads for heavyweight, tough fabrics like thick leather, heavyweight canvas, and dense upholstery fabrics.
What size needle do you use for upholstery?
For lightweight fabrics like georgette or organdy, use a 60/8 needle; for medium-weight jersey, Lycra, linen, or calf leather, use a 70/10 or 80/12 needle; for heavy fabrics like jeans, vinyl, upholstery, or canvas, use a 90/14 or 100/16 needle; and for very heavy fabrics, use a 110/18 or 120/19 needle.
How do you stiffen satin fabric?
With equal parts glue and water, you can get a really stiff and permanent result. Starch and cornflour: Combine 1 tablespoon starch and 2 cups water in a spray bottle, stir well to remove any lumps, and spray over your fabric.
How do you keep satin from fraying?
The satin fabric on the dress was fraying.
- Use a pinked seam finish.
- To secure the threads, apply a small amount of liquid seam sealant, such as Fray-check, along the cut edge of the fabric.
- Use a zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.
- Use bias tape (binding tape).
What is a 90 14 needle used for?
90/14 u2013 suitable for medium weight fabrics, such as slightly heavier weight cotton, polyester, linen, and lightweight upholstery fabric; lighter weight fabrics, such as silk (chiffon, organza, crepe-de-chine), will require a smaller needle.