Blue jean material, more commonly known as denim, is a rugged cotton twill textile. First created in Nimes, France, denim was made popular by Levi-Strauss during the late 1800s. Known for its durability, it was initially used for covering wagons, tents and work trousers. Today, denim is a popular material used by the fashion industry to create blue jeans, jackets, shirts and skirts. Because of the material's coarseness and weight, specific hand and machine sewing needles are required when creating with denim.
Standard Universal Needles
Standard universal needles are used for woven synthetic and natural fibers which includes denim. However, a heavier size with a larger needle shaft diameter such as a 100/16 needle is recommended.
Denim needles can be used for tough, heavyweight fabrics. Denim needles have an extra sharp point, a slender eye, a stronger shaft and are designed to pass through heavier fabrics easily.
Spring needles are a type of needle for use in sewing machines. Spring needles are special-purpose needles that have a wire spring above the point to stop fabrics from moving when the machine is creating the stitch. You can also purchase a spring needle specifically for denim.
Sharps are general purpose needles used for hand sewing. Sharps have a sharp point, round eye and are medium length. The weight of the best sharp needle to use on denim depends of the weight of the material. For example, a lighter weight sharps needle can be used for lighter weight denims.
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