Ask Kat: What Machine Needle do YOU Use?


this is a question I get asked a LOT and to be absolutely honest, the answer I’ll give you today is NOT the answer I would’ve given you a decade or two ago and may very well not be the answer I’ll give you next year even!

Because the truth is, needles (just like interfacing, thread & scissors, etc.) are constantly being developed to deal more specifically with certain types of projects, so it’s understandably pretty hard to keep up with all the new ones on the market.

But lucky for me at least twice per year I get positioned near the Superior Threads booth at a show, so its a little easier for me to stay abreast of what’s new in the “Needle Department”!

So with all that said, the needle I most often use right now is a “topstitching” needle from Superior Threads. It’s a very sharp needle and it handles the layers that are so prevalent in bagmaking like a BOSS! Another thing I like about these needles is how QUIET my machine runs when I use them!

So if you’re one of those people that think all needles are the same, or if your machine has been “struggling” with the layers of fabric, interfacing & foam used in bagmaking today, I highly recommend that you try a package or two of these needles!

And, in anticipation of the inevitable next question I’ll be asked… the thread I prefer using right now is called “So Fine”, also from Superior Threads. Due to its fine nature, So Fine is an excellent blending thread which means I don’t have to keep so many colors in stock. PLUS… it leaves very little lint behind to gum up the innards of my machine and I appreciate that too!

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

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  1. Brigid Johnson on September 13, 2020 at 10:01 am

    You had me at “QUIET”. I’m not quilting but some of my mask making involves many layers of fabric and if this needle cuts down on the noise it’s worth every dime!

    • Kat on September 13, 2020 at 11:25 am

      I honestly think it might be a combo of the needle AND the extra fine thread that cuts down on the noise. I got my machine thoroughly cleaned not too long before I switched to these needles and the “So Fine” thread, but there was a noticeable difference in the machine noise when I switched nevertheless! (and please note that I get no kick back from Superior Threads. Other Needle brands may have similar needles and threads that work just as well). 🙂

  2. Beth on September 13, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    I’m excited about trying these needles and the thread, but unfortunately each site I found seemed to be out of black. I’m hoping they get more in soon. Thanks for the information!

    • Kat on September 14, 2020 at 11:00 am

      Did you try getting the thread or needles directly from them?

      • Beth on September 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm

        Yes, I went to their site first. Perhaps they will soon restock. I hope so.

        • Kat on September 15, 2020 at 5:07 am

          WOW! I just got a whole bunch of thread from them a few weeks ago. I guess I was lucky! Oh well. This sluggish mail system is affecting everyone! 🙂