Hello, I recently received a Kenmore sewing machine model # 15213/15343. It acme with three # 14 needles...so I got on line, found and bought some Kenmore needles for various materials from someone on eBay. My question is this...must I have *certain needles for specific machine models*? Only one of the little plastic boxes came attached to a card which has the following information:
Kenmore 6554...For all Kenmore Commander and Challenger sewing machines except models 49, 71 and 76.
I'm at a loss here as Sears manuals say nothing about interchangeable model # needles AND NO ONE at Sears seams to know anything. So then, in your opinion will the needle I purchased work with my new sewing machine?
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Try a ball point 11/70 or stretch 11/70 needle. Also rethread the entire machine. Make sure the needle is inserted correctly in the sewing machine. I had this same thing happen to me recently and I found I had the needle backwards.
Hi. You use different size needles for different fabrics and fabric weights. Size 16 needles are used for heavy fabric, like canvas, duck, or blue jeans. Size 14 needles are still on the heavy/thick fabric size. Size 10 needles are for very light-weight fabrics and size 12 needles are for medium-weight fabrics. Also, you need to pay attention to the type of fabric--if sewing on knits, you need ballpoint needles. If sewing on woven fabrics, you need sharps or universals. Universals are supposed to be for knits, too....but ballpoint needles are SO much better!
Use the right size and type of needle for your fabric, don't sew over any pins (they can bend or even break the needle), and make sure you don't pull or push the fabric while you're sewing on it. Let the feed dogs do the work of moving the fabric--you just gently guide it.
Hope this helps!
This is a very highly regarded serger. Check out the reviews on http://sewing.patternreview.com if you're interested--but they are all extremely positive.
I also checked out the White Sewing Machine site--the three sergers they currently sell all use regular sewing machine needles.
Based on what I read on both sites, I believe your machine also uses regular sewing machine needles (not all sergers do, BTW). To be absolutely certain, you can call the White Help Line (l 800-331-3164, Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM, EST).
If your serger uses regular sewing machine needles, then the size of the needle depends on the type of fabric you're sewing. Sizes 8 to 10 for lightweight fabrics, 12 to 14 for medium weight fabrics, and 16 to 18 for heavy weight. Use ballpoint needles for knits, jeans needles for denim, and universal needles or sharps for woven fabrics.
The different colors only correspond with the size of the needle. Green is actually a size 18 (110) needles which is basically as big as they come!
your best bet would be to go with a size 11 (75) or 12 (80) needle. For the Kenmore color coding it would blue or orange respectively.
Hope this helps