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Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles

Greybird

Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:15:40 PM »
I expect most of you might have seen this before, but I hadn't. I found a pack of needles in my overlocker kit that didn't show the code for overlocker needles and I went online to check if they might perhaps have been an equivalent  (they weren't!). I came across this which struck me as very useful.
I always buy Schmetz, but tend always to buy the same needle types and hadn't realised that there were so many different ones. Thought someone else might might find it useful too.

www.schmetzneedles.com/learning/pdf/ABC-brochure.pdf
 
« Last Edit: September 04, 2018, 14:12:28 PM by Francesca »

Acorn

Re: Machine needles
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 13:02:05 PM »
Ooh, thank you - that is very useful.

I realised recently that I have 8 to 10 machine needles stuck in my pin cushion, which means they have been changed because I needed a different type of needle, not because they were old.  A very stupid thing to do, since it meant I had no idea what sort of needles they were.  However, they are mostly Schmetz needles, so I should be able to work out what they are from the colour coding. :)
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Greybird

Re: Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 14:45:49 PM »
Thanks for the edit @Francesca - much better!

Ploshkin

Re: Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 18:17:00 PM »
Thank you for that Greybird.  I usually compare the orphan needles in the pincushion with the unused ones in the boxes.  I'd realised that different needle types had a colour but don't think I realised that there were different colours for the sizes hence my confusion sometimes.
Life's too short for ironing.

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2018, 18:41:04 PM »
I never knew there was such a thing as a double eye needle  :o

Excellent guide, thank you Greybird.

Renegade Sewist

Re: Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2018, 05:26:02 AM »
I actually have the little commercially printed pocket guide. Can't remember where we got them. Did you notice on the PDF that they also have an app for checking? Gotta love the modern world. Too bad I don't have a smart phone.
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Sheilago

Re: Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 08:41:22 AM »
Thanks for this. I always play safe and buy Janome needles for my Janome. Might try these.

Lachica

Re: Pocket Guide to Schmetz Machine Needles
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 19:50:54 PM »
Thanks for this, very useful. I'd realised the needles were colour coded but was confused by them. There's also an Android app which I've just downloaded.
Mary