Photo Credit: Courtesy of C.H. Holderby Co.

Recently I have been getting enquiries about troubleshooting with regards to machine-stitching, so I thought this may be a good opportunity to discuss creating the perfect stitch.

Sewing-machine manufacturers want their machines to consistently produce a perfect stitch. Machine needles are the most changeable part of your sewing machine and they can control how your machine performs stitches. Understanding how the sewing machine needle contributes to the assembly process will help you choose the correct size for the fabric and thread you are using. Its configuration is engineered to manage thread and fabric to reduce the likelihood of skipped or flawed stitches. When constructing the perfect stitch, select the needle type by the task at hand. Each needle type produces a stitch by using a uniquely designed groove, scarf, eye, and/or point to enable the needle and bobbin hook to meet perfectly (

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