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Needle size replacement. I ran out of spare needle for my Brother XL-5500 sewing machine. Does anyone now the size and model of the replacement needle? thanks

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. Schmetz is excellent, Singer etc. Needles all work in the machines but most of your sewing will be done with an #11, but denim, for instance will be at least a #14, #16 depending on what you are doing. Buy an assortment of sizes, sharps for regular and ball point for knits, they are very inexpensive. Do not keep a dull needle in your machine, throw away old and start every new project with a fresh one.

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