Schmetz | Hemstitch Needle | 120/19 (1 Pack)

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Conjure up decorative effects on even the simplest garment with the hemstitch needle, otherwise known as a wing needle.

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  • BrandSchmetz
  • Needle CoatingStandard (chrome)
  • Needle TypeHemstitch Needles
  • Pack SizePack of 1
  • EAN4006589001274

Schmetz Hemstitch Machine Needle

Brand: Schmetz
Colour code: None
Size: 120/19
Quantity: 1 needle per pack
Coating: Standard
Special feature: Wing-like needle blade
Point shape: Special shape

The Hemstitch Needle features a wing on each side of the needle and is popular for heirloom sewing and to create decorative cutwork. For use with light or medium weight loosely woven fabrics, fits all household sewing machine brands.

Special effects with the Hemstitch Needle
The Hemstitch Needle, also known as a sword or wing needle, is used for decorative stitches, broderie anglaise and white embroidery in loosely woven fabrics such as linen. When sewing, holes are created in the seam, acting as a decorative element. Hemstitch seams can therefore be sewn easily with the sewing machine, even without having to remove the threads in the woven fabric beforehand like you do when sewing by hand. This traditional hemstitch effect is achieved by the “wings” on both sides of the needle's blade, which gently push the threads in the woven fabric to the side. The sewing thread supports this effect because it prevents the threads in the woven fabric from returning to their original position.

Before sewing
The Hemstitch Needle is threaded like any other needle. It should be noted that the automatic needle threader does not work with the Hemstitch Needle. The large stitch holes are more noticeable when the colour of the sewing thread is matched to the fabric. When using a contrasting colour, the sewing thread is the focus and not the holes.

Always use the Hemstitch Needle with a zigzag needle plate with an elongated stitch hole. Use a satin stitch or zigzag foot as the sewing foot. If available, use the button for the hemstitch or twin needle. Otherwise, reduce the stitch width so that the needle does not strike the sewing foot or the needle plate.

Avoid seam puckering on soft and light fabrics by using spray starch or a non-permanent stabiliser (such as tear-away non-woven backing, water-soluble or heat-soluble embroidery backing) in order to stabilise the fabric.

Stitch selection
For the best results with clearly visible holes, use a utility or decorative stitch where the needle pierces the same hole several times. These include, for example, the triple straight stitch, blanket stitch, star stitch or honeycomb stitch, which are available on many sewing machines. Often, these stitches are already marked as hemstitches in bold in the machine instructions or can be found in the machine’s heirloom menu. Experiment and see which stitches you like the best. Test this on some leftover fabric to determine the thread tension as well as a suitable stitch length and stitch width.

Suitable fabrics
The best effects are achieved in loosely woven fabrics, such as:
• Linen
• Batiste
• Cotton
• Flag cloth

• Add shine to the seam by using glossy embroidery threads
• Sew with multi-coloured threads for special effects
• Add a personal touch to a simple blouse with a hemstitch seam along the button strip
• Use the Hemstitch Needle on embroidery machines with embroidery files created specifically for this needle type
• Use the decorative effect when sewing on lace
• Fits all household sewing machine brands.

System: 130/705 H WING
More Information
GTIN 4006589001274
Needle Type Hemstitch Needles
Needle Coating Standard (chrome)
Brand Schmetz
Pack Size Pack of 1