Using the right needle according to the type of fabric you're using can help you to get better results with your sewing machine.
4 problems caused by using the wrong needle
Break the needle
Puckering of the fabric
Sewing with a blunt needle = Noisy sewing (The needle makes a noise as it hits the fabric.)
Sewing with a bent needle can damage your machine.
Tip: Its cheaper to buy new needles than to pay to repair your sewing machine
Below is a list of fabrics and the recommended needle size for the best results when using your sewing machine.
Type of Fabric System & Point Size (mm)
Delicate fabrics: fine linen, batiste, chiffon and organdy 130/705H/15x1 70
Sheer fabrics: silk, and fine synthetics 130/705H 70/80
Fine cottons: shirting and non-iron fabrics 130/705H 70/80
Lightweight knitted fabrics: jersey, helanca and interlock 130/705H 70/80/90
Heavy woolens: coating and suiting 130/705H 80/90
Heavy cottons: denim, jeans fabrics and sailcloth 130/705H-J 90
Knitted fabrics 130/705H-SUK 80
Leathers: suede, calf and kid leather 130/705H-LR 80/90
Imitation leathers, plastic materials and waxed cloth 130/705H-PCL 80
Lycra and other corsetry materials 130/705H-SKF 80/90
*Remember to come back and check that you're using the correct needle for your sewing machine before starting your next sewing project.