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Embroidery needles and their suitable materials

Updated: Apr 27, 2023


Embroidery needles come in different sizes and types to accommodate different embroidery techniques and fabric weights. In this guide, we'll explain the different sizes of embroidery needles you need for different types of embroidery.


  1. Size 75/11 Size 75/11 is the most common size of embroidery needle and is suitable for most embroidery projects. It works well with lightweight to medium-weight fabrics and is best for smaller designs that require fine detail. It is also ideal for stitching on fabrics with a tighter weave.

  2. Size 90/14 Size 90/14 is a larger embroidery needle that is suitable for heavier fabrics such as denim or canvas. It is also ideal for designs that require larger stitches, as the larger eye of the needle allows for the thicker thread to be used. It is important to use the correct size needle when working with heavier fabrics, as a smaller needle may break or become dull quickly.

  3. Size 100/16 Size 100/16 is an even larger embroidery needle that is suitable for very heavy fabrics such as leather or upholstery. It is also ideal for designs that require a lot of thread or for stitching multiple layers of fabric together. It is important to use the correct size needle when working with heavy fabrics, as a smaller needle may break or become dull quickly.

  4. Size 65/9 Size 65/9 is a fine embroidery needle that is ideal for delicate fabrics such as silk or chiffon. It works well for small designs and fine details and is best for lightweight fabrics. It is important to use the correct size needle when working with delicate fabrics, as a larger needle may cause damage to the fabric.

  5. Size 110/18 Size 110/18 is a very large embroidery needle that is suitable for very heavy fabrics such as canvas or upholstery. It is also ideal for designs that require a lot of thread or for stitching multiple layers of fabric together. It is important to use the correct size needle when working with heavy fabrics, as a smaller needle may break or become dull quickly.


The size of the embroidery needle you need depends on the fabric weight and the type of design you are working on. Size 75/11 is the most common size and is suitable for most embroidery projects. Size 90/14 and 100/16 are larger needles that are suitable for heavier fabrics, while size 65/9 is a fine needle that is ideal for delicate fabrics. Size 110/18 is a very large needle that is suitable for very heavy fabrics. Be sure to choose the correct size needle for your project to ensure the best results.


Do you have more embroidery questions? Commercial Embroidery is happy to provide any assistance we can. Either contact us directly with a question or leave a comment below. You may even provide inspiration for your next artilce.

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