One of top rules of sewing success: Start each new project with a new needle! When a needle is piercing your fabric at 600 to 1,000 stitches per minute, small things like a dulled point or an eye that’s beginning to wear can make a big difference in the quality of your stitches, which means a big difference in the quality of your finished project. Our latest sewing Cheat Card summarizes some of the important basics behind selecting the right needle for the job. 

If you look at the needle display at your local sewing dealer, you might see a dozen or more different types. They all look pretty much the same unless you pull out a magnifying glass. But, different needles do have different tips, eyes, shanks, groves, and shafts; and what you select can make all the difference in how well your machine sews through your fabric.

Our Sewing Machine Needles Cheat Card is the size of a standard business card: 2” wide x 3½” high. That’s small enough to tuck into your wallet or tack up on the bulletin board in your sewing room. This mini size makes them super convenient, but of course, we couldn’t possibly fit every option and bit of information onto them. For more details, check out our online article on Choosing Machine Needles. Among other details, it has a great illustration of the parts of a standard needle. 

The Sewing Machine Needles Cheat Card is available in six different backgrounds. All six designs print out on one 8½” x 11” sheet of paper from which you can cut out the cards. You may want to print on a heavier card stock (80 to 100lb cover is a good option) or print on regular paper then glue that lighter weight sheet to a stiff backing material prior to cutting. There are crop marks on each card to help you get a perfect slice. 

This is the third installment in our Cheat Card series. You may also want to print out the Yardage Conversion Cheat Cards, Measuring Tape Cheat Cards, Basic Shapes #1 Cheat Card: The Circle, Basic Shapes #2 Cheat Card: Common Straight Line Shapes, and Basic Shapes #3 Cheat Card: Common Angles. These five sets of cards are set-up on the same variety of backgrounds. Pick your favorite design and build a set, or cut them all out to share.

IF YOU’D PREFER TO HAVE JUST ONE PAGE WITH ALL SIX CARDS, WE OFFER THAT FOR JUST $1.99 IN OUR ETSY SHOP. CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO ETSY.

Is there a cheat or hack you’d like to have as a handy card? Leave us a comment below and we’ll add it to our list. 

The Sewing Machine Needles Cheat Card is available here as a .PDF file. Click the image below to download. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program. We’ve minimized the file size, but still, please be patient with the download process.

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Kat Hebert
Kat Hebert
3 years ago

Thank you!

Thank you!

Emily Dogwood
Emily Dogwood
3 years ago

Thread weights would be a

Thread weights would be a good one for this series; I find their sizing/designations difficult to keep straight.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Are there other needle cheat

Are there other needle cheat cards? Your article seems to claim this is another in a series and yet when I search your site, I can find no others.

Vanisha Griggs
Vanisha Griggs
3 years ago

Thank you so much for these

Thank you so much for these cheat sheets.  They are helpful and also darling graphics. I am sharing these with my friends.  Also thanks for great tutorials and patterns. I have made several of your items and they all are spot on.

Vanisha

rimhoff
rimhoff
3 years ago

For those having trouble

For those having trouble printing cards.  I too had this problem.  I used these instructions from Adobe.

Save the cards as a pdf.

Click on the print icon

In the print box, click on the Advanced icon

Select Print as Image, click OK

You are now back to the main print box, click OK

Printed like a charm for me.  I hope it will for you too

Cyndi
Cyndi
3 years ago
Reply to  rimhoff

Thank you, I was finally able

Thank you, I was finally able to print with your instructions.

JJ
JJ
3 years ago

I have NEVER been able to

I have NEVER been able to print any of this series.  There are many others who can not get the cards to print.  Is there any solution or are we just out of luck?

Rolanda
Rolanda
3 years ago

Unable to print your cheat

Unable to print your cheat sheets!

marsha stevens
marsha stevens
3 years ago

I am having trouble printing

I am having trouble printing the cheat sheet for needles.  I have tried several different ways and nothing will print.  Can you send it directly to my email   marshabstevens@gmail.com

Christy H
Christy H
3 years ago

I could not get it to print

I could not get it to print either. I followed all the directives above and never could get it to print. It downloads fine……just will not print.

Melanie Dumas
Melanie Dumas
3 years ago

Different threads and how to

Different threads and how to use them with the proper needle and different zipper applications​ would be great.

Ravyn
Ravyn
3 years ago

How about common sizing like

How about common sizing like twin bed quilts,  hot pads, or table runner is length of table plus 10 inches or minus 10 inches (or whatever it is). I don’t know, which is why I’m suggesting it.  Lol

Also,  stabilizer cheat card for common uses of types of stabilizers (embroidery or sewing). 

Or,  binding yardage for various size projects (again,  lap quilt,  twin,  queen,  hot pad,  etc…)

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

what about the process for

what about the process for sewing french seams and/or bindings, pipings, etc.?

DebS
DebS
3 years ago

I love these little cheat

I love these little cheat cards. Laminated, they fit neatly in my wallet.

Jane Coombs
Jane Coombs
3 years ago

All used needles, pins etc.

All used needles, pins etc. should be treated as “hazmat” and disposed at an e-waste drive. I don’t know if the disposal issue has been elaborated in your cards. Thought I would pass it along. Thx for the great tips. I am looking for my leather needle to repair some shoes today.

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