Sewing Machine Needles for the Handicap???


Needles – 14/90 Handicap – Embroidery/Sewing

Huh?  I found several descriptions on-line:

A general purpose needle that can be used on knit or woven fabrics. A casual sewer who might repair a pair of jeans today, a child’s t-shirt tomorrow, and some lingerie next month will probably use this needle most often. It will do a number of tasks sufficiently. It has a long scarf that is great for zigzag stitching and it does not damage knits. It is sharp enough to go through a lot of fabrics but it does have a slight ball point which does not make it ideal for going through many layers or high thread count fabrics. This needle comes in a wide range of sizes from size 60 to size 120.

Especially useful for those who find it very difficult to thread a needle.  Designed with a slot (opening) on the right side of the needle next to the eye of the needle.  Simply run the thread down and along the right side of the needle until it slips into the eye.

I get the idea of the easy threading.  What I don’t get is how one needle is sufficient for both knits and woven.  And if that be the case, why would one continue to bother buying several different kinds of needles?  Isn’t this a bad business decision for Schmetz?  I mean, offer the handicap needle, however, have different handicap needles for different fabrics/applications like they have for all their other needles.  JMHO…




  1. I have to agree Lisa.

    I imagine that anyone who has that difficult of a time theading a needle is not going to be doing any serious sewing.

    I think that the needle would work well enough for hemming a tshirt as well as hemming pants. It will do a number of tasks sufficiently. I guess sufficiently is the key word.

    I do not understand how the slot does not catch on the fabric as you are sewing though…


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