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Does it make a difference whether I use a 14 or 16 in my Kenmore sewing machine, basic 12 stitch. I had a 16 needle in it but after my friend cleaned it, in trying it, the needle hit the presser foot> My guess is that it bent the needle, and so it skips stitches on the bottom. When I put in a new size 14 needle, it is better but skips a few here and there too. The tension is set on 3. The top looks great, but the bottom skips a stitch or two every 5 or 6 stitches. Don't have a lot of money to take it in so I was hoping it was something simple.

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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!

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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    Roger Saunders Mar 08, 2015

    Very Helpful. Good concise guide!

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