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What type of needle should I use when embroidering on knit fabrics?

I am embarrassed to say that I never gave much thought to the type of needle I used when doing machine embroidery or sewing for that matter. My philosophy was – if the needle breaks, then replace it.

A sewing instructor once advised that if your thread breaks three times, it’s probably a pretty good indication that your needle needs to be replaced. Great advice.  But that was the limit to my sewing needle knowledge.

As I have begun doing more embroidery on knit fabrics I have learned of the importance of using a ballpoint needle when working with knit fabrics.  A regular needle is designed to pierce the fabric, but a ballpoint needle spreads the fibers away from one another keeping the knit structure intact.   Using a ballpoint needle on knits improves the look of your design when embroidering on knit fabrics.

Check out these helpful resources re: needle types.

http://www.sewitworks.com/needle-guide/types-of-needles/
http://www.singerco.com/sewing-resources/machine-needles
http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/sewinginfo/hsc-sewing-hints/sewing-fabric-knits.htm