What does the color on sewing needles mean?

What does the color on sewing needles mean?

Most, but not all, household needles have two bands of color. The top color band indicates needle type, and the lower color band indicates needle size.

The numbers indicate how tough the needle is. Higher numbers for heavy fabric and lower numbers for fine fabric. Color-coded markings make it easier to identify the appropriate needle for specific fabric types and sewing projects.  It’s important to know the basics about needles for the sewing machine before you start your first projects. There are lots of different needles, and they are made for different purposes and types of fabrics.  


Low numbers: Fine needles for thin fabric
High numbers: Strong needles for heavy fabric

If you are confused or don’t find your type of fabric on the list, just go with a medium size universal needle. That will be your choice for most projects.

Colors are typically used to indicate the type of needle. But you shouldn’t trust the color alone, you always have to look at the text written on the package, to make sure you have the type of needle you want.  Sticking to the same brand of needle will provide you with a consistent result.

Now that we have covered the needles sizes and know what the numbers stand for. let’s look at the different types of needles.

There are three basic needle types: Universal needles, Ballpoint needles, and stretch needles.

#1 Universal needles - These are the needles you will use most of the time.

It’s the standard needle that will get most of your everyday projects done.

#2 Ballpoint needles (same as “jersey needles”) – Used for most knits.  These are needles with a rounded tip. They are not sharp but round, so it won’t pierce the fabric. Instead, it will press the yarns in the fabric aside, and slide in between the yarns. The ballpoint needle can also be a twin needle

 #3 Stretch needles - You would think these are the same as ballpoint needles, but they differ.  These needles are also (as the name indicates) for stretchy fabrics, but they are specifically for two-way stretch fabrics such as lycra and spandex.

#4 Denim needles - These needles are specially made to sew denim, jeans, and canvas fabric. They are heavy needles that are very durable.  

#5 Twin and triple stitch needles - The twin needle looks like an ordinary needle at the top. It has a standard shaft, but then branches out and has two needles: These types of needles are often used for decorative work, and the twin ballpoint needles are specially made for sewing hems on stretchy fabric such as tee-shirts.  

#6 Leather needles (and vinyl) - These are very robust and thick needles, that will be able to sew leather, vinyl, and other thick types of fabric. 

#7 Topstitch needles - A topstitch needle is special because the little hole is double the size of an ordinary needle. These are a good choice if you are using an extra thick thread or a poor-quality thread, as it will prevent the thread from breaking.  ** This is also great if you have trouble seeing the hole. Maybe you are visually impaired or elderly. 

Hope you are finally cooling off.  I want to thank SCHMETZ for all the great information.  I have enjoyed chatting and learning about needles.  Check back next week to see what is new.

Have you heard we are having a class for the Poolside Tote by Noodlehead, Wednesday October 25, 5-7:30.

Laura is teaching this class.  Boy are you lucky!!!  If you haven’t signed up, you really need to this tote has everything you can ask for:

  1.  it's roomy! I can fit 4 beach towels and more in mine!
  2. 2,  two pocket options, zippered closure or a slip pocket (or you could do both - one on each side)
  3. fun accents to show off your favorite quilting cotton prints
  4. key loop   

Another chance to grow your skills is the Beginner garment class from 5-7PM on the November 26th and 27thJoin Laura sewing the Fiore Skirt, a two-part on the Fiore Skirt by Closet Core Patterns.  This is a Confident/Advanced Beginner class.  

Join us for a Fleur di Lis small quilt workshop.   During this class you will cut out your fabric, learn techniques for piecing the quilt top, and start sewing your quilt.  A special benefit is spending a few hours with fantastic people.  Please join Joelle for a fun filled class.  You will meet on October 28th  and November 4th.  


Love you all!  

Remember to check out Monday’s, Monday the 16th for  Barn Star Throw Pillow Cover and come back Monday the 23rd for  The Essential Nine Patch.

Have a family member who is gluten sensitive.  Do I have a yummy recipe for you.



  • 9-Inch Springform Pan
  • Measuring Cups Set
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Cuisinart Electric Beater
  • Silicone Spatula



  • 2 cups Almond Flour scoop and level method
  • ¼ cup Crystal Sweetener like coconut sugar, erythritol, allulose, or classic sugar.
  • ⅓ cup Unsalted Butter melted, or melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon


  • 16 ounces Low Fat Cream Cheese equivalent to 2 block, at room temperature
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Crystal Sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ cup Greek Yogurt plain, low-fat if you like
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch or 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8-inch springform pan and cover the bottom and side with parchment paper. Oil the paper as well. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the crust ingredients and stir to combine evenly.
  3. Press the cheesecake crust at the bottom of a greased 8-inch springform pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from the oven, and cool at room temperature while making the healthy cheesecake filling.
  5. Reduce the oven to 325°F (160°C).


  1. Place all the filling ingredients into a blender, and blend on medium speed until smooth. Don't over-blend. It shouldn't take more than a minute to get smooth.
  2. Pour the filling over the cooled crust.
  3. Bake the cheesecake for 45-55 minutes or until its sides are golden brown, set, but the center is still a bit jiggly.
  4. Stop the oven, crack the door half-open, and let it cool for an extra hour in the oven.
  5. Cool for 8 hours or overnight in the fridge before slicing.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of raspberry coulis or raspberry chia seed jam.