Universal Needle | Sewing Tool

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The universal needle is commonly used for a variety of fabrics including most woven weights. This article explains uses and best practices.

Universal Needle –


  1. A standard sewing machine needle commonly used to sew on a variety of fabrics including many woven fabric weights.

The universal needle is used for general sewing on knits and woven textile projects. The needle point consists of a slightly rounded tip similar to a ballpoint needle and is available in an assortment of sizes. The beauty of the universal sewing needle is that it pierces the fabric while sewing. This is different than the ballpoint needle. The ballpoint gently separates the fibers and is perfect for knits. 

This needle is extremely helpful when sewing straight stitches on garments or craft projects and will quickly become your “go to” needle for everyday sewing.

Universal Needle Stats-

  • Size: Universal needles are available in a variety of specific single-size packets, in addition to  variety size combo packs. For best results be sure to select the proper needle size for your project.
  • What: This sewing needle will be utilized for everyday sewing of fabric projects, garments and crafts. They are readily used on general woven projects and crafting projects.
  • When to use: This sewing needle is perfect for general sewing of fabrics.
  • Tools needed: Your sewing machine requires no special tools to use this sewing needle with your machine.
  • Where to buy: You can pick up universal sewing machine needle packets on your next trip to the local quilt shop or purchase here online.

Click on the pictures below to learn more ways to incorporate using a universal sewing needle for your next project.

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