Top Five Sewing Machine Needles

Today I’m continuing the TOP FIVE lists with my favorite sewing machine needles!

Microtex: Microtex are also sometimes called sharps. They’re perfect for neat piecing because they are sharp. I typically piece with a 70 or occasionally an 80. I also sometimes quilt with a Microtex 90. 

Quilting: I use these for quilting (shocking I know!). They’re designed to go through multiple layers. I find the tension is usually magically perfect when I use these. I prefer the smaller size 75 because I use a relatively thin batting.

Jeans: I use these almost anytime I have something with interfacing. They’re designed to prevent breaking when sewing through difficult substrates like denim. I love that they rarely break! I use all the various sizes depending on how thick the interfacing and thread I’m using is.

Leather: If you’re stitching through leather, these are the best. The needle pierces a hole in the leather for smoother stitching. Because of the piercing nature, these needles aren’t always perfect for synthetic leather because it can cause ripping. I always do a test.

Ball Point: This is mostly when I’m in garment sewing land. It can also be called Jersey. These are perfect for stitching with knits. I use assorted sizes depending on the thickness of the knits. 

One needle that I get a lot of questions on that is notably missing from my list is the Universal. Universal needles are part ball point and part sharp. I find they don’t do either job particularly well. Would I use one if that’s all I had? Absolutely. Do I buy them regularly? No. They’re universally not that great because they’re trying to do two jobs. I prefer to use a Ball Point when I need it or a Microtex when I need it.

xx LC

Top Five Tools

As part of my Blogoversary celebration, I’m spending five days sharing top five lists. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on this post! Today, I’m sharing my top five sewing tools. These are more specialty tools but everyone of them I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! 


The Kwik Klip: If you baste with safety pins, you need this tool! It saves your fingers and fingernails. There’s more here including a video of the Klip in action!


Clover Wonderclips: These clips are lifesavers in the sewing studio. You can use them to clip down your binding, keep your pieces or blocks in order and even clip up your hair in a pinch! More here


Sunflower Thread Cutter: This thing is a must when you’re a chain piecing fool! You can clip apart your pieces in half the time. There’s more info here


The Purple Thang: It has so many uses! You can poke out corners and check your quarter inch seam. You’ll reach for it over and over and keep finding new uses! More here


Perfect Seam Guide: Everyone should check their 1/4″ seam! Even if you’re using a 1/4″ foot, it helps to visually see the 1/4″. More here

What are your favorites? 

xx LC