Titanium-plated needles are stronger, more durable and last longer than traditional needles. But are they worth the added cost?
Needles are essential to machine embroidery and like anything else, you get what you pay for. While there may be some discussion on when to change your needle, in the overall scheme of things, needles are relatively inexpensive.
With a thin titanium-nitride ceramic finish, titanium needles are three times harder than chrome and are ideal for high-speed stitching.
Because they hold up better long term, titanium machine embroidery needles work well with large stitch-count designs or stitching on heavier materials, like denim or canvas. The coating keeps them stitching smoothly and prevents overheating, bending, or breaking better than regular machine embroidery needles.
Titanium helps keep needle tips sharper longer. With less needle changes and better performance, stitching with titanium needles makes for much more enjoyable embroidery.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t use them for embroidery on quilting cottons. It just means they will last even longer. Sure, you may pay a bit more for them but titanium needles last up to six times longer than regular nickel-plated needles. Much like pre-wound bobbins, titanium needles are a better buy in the long run, especially when you buy in bulk.
Many machine embroiderers have better experiences using titanium needles when stitching on sticky adhesive stabilizers and even fusibles typically used with applique. The ceramic coating reduces buildup on the needle.
Use what you’ve got and, if you are in the market to experiment a bit, give titanium a try.
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