Specialty needles create special effects--especially in your embroidery where they're least expected. Wing needles separate fibers, piercing little holes in fabric. Why on earth would you want holes in your fabric? Because with wing needles, you get gorgeous stitches and textures from special machine embroidery designs.
Also known as hemstitch needles, wing needles started out as a specialty needle used for heirloom sewing. They come in a variety of sizes, like 100/16 or 120/19, and even as double needles.
Wide wings spread fabric fibers, allowing for decorative stitching from the center. The bigger the number, the larger the needle and the larger the hole that will be punched in your fabric.
Designs like my Wing Needle Butterflies, are specially digitized to stitch with a wing needle. Only their background uses the wing needle. The rest of the design is stitched with a standard 75/11 embroidery needle. The directions tell you when to change the needle. The decorative stitch adds a little dimension to the background that you don't see just anywhere.
Wing Needle Safety Check
Before you start sewing or embroidering with a wing needle, turn the hand wheel one full rotation toward you before hitting the start button. Make sure it goes up and down without any resistance.
If it is clear, you're good to go and you can start sewing. If it clunks, you know that the needle is not seated all the way up so go ahead and loosen the screw and readjust.
Fabrics for Wing Needle Embroidery
The best fabrics to show off wing needle stitching are 100% cotton linen. Plain cotton also works, but the decorative stitches will not open up quite as well as they do with linens.
Wing Needle Butterflies have options to use numerous color combinations if you like.
You can also stitch them using all white or tone-on-tone threads for more of a vintage, heirloom effect.
Stabilizers for Wing Needle Embroidery
Use a fabric-type water-soluble stabilizer because you don't want any stabilizer to stay on the back of that beautiful wing needlework. You could also use a heat-away film that melts away when ironed.
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