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What is the difference between machine embroidery needles and regular sewing needles?

Well – who knew? ┬áThere IS a difference between regular sewing needles and machine embroidery needles. I was studying my book, Machine Embroidery on Difficult Fabrics by ┬áDeborah Jones and in it she describes the difference between regular sewing needles and machine embroidery needles.

(Brief point of admission here… I didn’t know there was a difference. Until I started reading Jones’ book – the only type of needles I was familiar with were ballpoint needles, regular sewing needles and denim needles).

So here’s the difference… embroidery needles have a larger eye which allows the thread to pass through more readily. Today when embroidering (using regular sewing needles) I had a couple of moments where there were some loose stitches. Was it because of my inappropriate needle choice?

One great point that Ms. Jones makes about needles is – if needle type did not make a difference then why would manufactures sell so many different types?