Do SCHMETZ Needles Work With My Machine?

Machine_LogosSCHMETZ works with all these sewing machine brands!  SCHMETZ engineers work with sewing machine manufacturers around the world to ensure that the SCHMETZ needle performs properly in your home sewing, embroidery and quilting machines.  Most home machines use needle system 130/705 H, so check your machine’s owner’s manual or ask your machine dealer.





SCHMETZ Nonstick Needles

Non-stick coating of NIT (Nickel-Phosphor-PTFE).
Extra-large eye.
Distinctive scarf with special eye prevents skipped stitches.
Slightly rounded point provides trouble-free sewing.
Strong conical blade reinforcement easily handles thick fabrics.

Machine appliqué & embroidery
Hook and loop tapes
General sewing, vinyls, oil cloth

Available Sizes:
70/10, 80/12, 90/14, 100/16SCHMETZ Logo

Needle Eye Comparison

That’s not just a little piece of steel making your machine stitches. German engineering designs, calculates, tests and inspects the SCHMETZ needle. Take for instance the eye, did you know that needles have different eye shapes?

Needle Eye Comparison

The most popular needle, the Universal, has an eye that is 40% the width of the blade. Really! There are three other needles with larger eyes, the Embroidery and even more pronounced is the elongated eye of the Metallic and Topstitch needles.

Now what does a larger eye mean? There is less friction on the thread as it passes through the eye. Ever sew with a thread that breaks or tends to shred? Guess what, use a needle with a larger eye. If you have old thread or maybe a poor quality thread, use a needle with a larger eye. The thread and needle work hard and fast. Help them out when you can with a larger eye.



Swirly Girls — Making Magic Happen

Susan Emory and Christine Van Buskirk, Kindred Spirits

Susan Emory and Christine Van Buskirk, Kindred Spirits

Some of the most original patterns in the quilt industry are coming from the dynamic duo of Susan Emory and Christine Van Buskirk, a.k.a — Swirly Girls Design, Inc. out of Midlothian, Virginia. Since they established their partnership in 2008, they’ve made 100+ quilts a year, written two books, designed 20+ quilt patterns, and four fabric collections for Michael Miller.

So — how did this magic happen?

Susan Emory is a fifth generation quilter. Growing up, she believed everybody knew how to quilt. She went to school for graphic design and worked at an ad agency in Seattle. When asked where she gets her inspiration, she says “I love to make custom one-of-a-kind things for people and I sew every day. All aspects of quilting bring me joy — appliqué, piecing, paper piecing, curved piecing, hand piecing, and the actual quilting. I also do mixed media on canvas . . . and I upcycle furniture. I love to find a piece, an ugly piece — like this china hutch — and give it new life with fabric or paint.”

Christine Van Buskirk grew up learning the basics of garment sewing from her mother, who sewed all her own clothes.  But during her college years, then graduate school, motherhood and a job at IBM, her own sewing was limited to things like fun, easy-fitting Halloween costumes. During the 90’s, she was intrigued by her mother’s newfound love of quilting, and inspired by Alex Anderson to give it a try. Living in upstate New York, she took her first class at a local quilt shop. Logical engineering Christine fell in love. She says, “I was chomping at the bit to try every new technique.  There is so much geometry in quilting and I love playing with graph paper! The first block that made me really happy was 16 pieces coming to a perfect point in the middle. I didn’t know it was supposed to be hard.”

Swirly Girls at work.

Swirly Girls at work.

Their two worlds collided in 2002 when Susan and Christine’s husbands were each transferred and the two families moved to Virginia the same week. Both new in town, looking to make new friends  — they ended up at Quilter’s Corner in Midlothian, Virginia.

They soon realized they were kindred spirits — with two very different points of view. Susan was doing long-arm quilting full-time, and after she purchased the quilt shop — Christine became the manager. They loved designing quilts together. They established Swirly Girls Design because they saw a need in the marketplace for patterns that would showcase the newer fabric styles — the larger prints, the directional prints, etc. Swirly Girls patterns became known for having excellent written directions with a clever twist — like an unexpected piecing technique.

microtex-swirlygirlsWhen Susan and Christine were running the quilt shop — “SCHMETZ was the only machine needle we sold or used. We had the big display with all the different needle options. For piecing, we use the Microtex Sharp 70/10 and the 60/8 for machine appliqué. We use the Quilting needle to do our quilting, and we tell our students to use the Embroidery needle when sewing with decorative threads in appliqué projects.”

"Delightful" Books, Patterns and Fabrics

“Delightful” Books, Patterns and Fabrics

The Swirly Girls were often inspired by Michael Miller fabrics — and at the 2008 International Quilt Market, they had a meeting with Kathy Miller. “Delightful” was their last collection. “Daydream,” their fifth fabric collection, is newly released. Today’s quilters are inspired by Swirly Girls patterns, books and fabric lines. What’s next? They have created two quilting rulers for Creative Grids. And you MUST check out their very unique line of Monogram Buttons for Dill Buttons. Each button has a nine-hole grid so you can stitch out any letter or number. Once you stitch the letter, the buttons can be attached to any project to spell monograms, names, dates etc.  It’s such a great idea — you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself!

Which Needle Should I Use for Embroidery?

SCHMETZ Embroidery Needles

SCHMETZ gives you options! SCHMETZ Embroidery needles are available in two sizes,
75/11 & 90/14. Also available are Embroidery Twins in sizes 2.0/70 & 3.0/75.
Shadow embroidery anyone? Embroidery needles have an widened eye & groove, which
means less friction on the thread as it passes through the eye. The finishes of
SCHMETZ Gold Titanium Nitrite and Chrome Professional Grade needles resist wear
and heat allowing the needle to glide smoothly through adhesives with slower
gummy build up. Experiment! Discover your favorite SCHMETZ Embroidery needle.