Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Baltimore MD
    Posts
    19

    does needle size matter?

    Well first off, I never thought I'd be excited that I figured out how to thread a bobbin and a thread injector:-)

    Any who, I have some 1.8 rip stop coming in soon, borrowed my buddys wife's injector ( no instructions) just wondering if needle size makes a difference and do I need the correct size thread to go with the needle?

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Bubba's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.7 SL
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    WB and UGQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies or Straps
    Posts
    6,411
    Images
    80
    Number 12 sharp point needle works well. The thread should not be too big for the needle otherwise you'll have problems. Gutterman's sew all polyester thread will work fine.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

  3. #3
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Baltimore MD
    Posts
    19
    Thanks Bubba

  4. #4
    Bubba's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.7 SL
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    WB and UGQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies or Straps
    Posts
    6,411
    Images
    80
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey.bean View Post
    Thanks Bubba
    Your welcome. I'm not an expert but it's what I've used and what I've read others have recommended. I've also seen some recommend a size 11 needle. Make sure to use a fresh needle for every project. The Guttermann's Mara 70 polyester thread available here is recommended by many. I don't have a local source for it so I just use the Guttermann's Sew All at my local store.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Ramblinrev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Milton, PA
    Hammock
    Hennessey Explorer Ultralight
    Tarp
    Hennessey Hex
    Insulation
    HH Super Shelter
    Suspension
    ring buckle
    Posts
    7,870
    Images
    101
    It depends on how OCD you are. In actuality as long as you are using standard sewing thread of good quality any easily available needle will function. Some folks get all techie over matching the thread size with the needle size but I have never found it worth the effort. I use what ever I happen to have. If it's a one shot deal use what you got. If you are going to go the DIY route with a vengeance then figure out what you like to work with the best and stock up on that.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
    Mrs. Loftus to Huck Finn

    We Don't Sew... We Make Gear! video series

    Important thread injector guidelines especially for Newbies

    Bobbin Tension - A Personal Viewpoint

  6. #6
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Baltimore MD
    Posts
    19
    Thanks Ramb, I don't know the first thing about thread injectors, so gotta ask

  7. #7
    Senior Member Dave-O's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Adana, Turkey
    Hammock
    BIAS WW and DIY Bridge
    Tarp
    JRB 11x10 Cat Tarp
    Insulation
    Leighlo and JRB
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    223
    Images
    2
    I found this page at Rockywoods helpful.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    plymouth, mi
    Posts
    151
    Make sure you put the needle in correctly..
    I was able to use my machine with good success with some materials - cottons mainly, but when I tried to use Nylon, I was missing stitches most of the time.. Turned out my needle was backwards! The design prevents it from going in sideways, but it will go in backwards.. On my machine, the flat side of the needle should face back. No more issues since I figured this out!

  9. #9
    FJRpilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    El Paso, Tx
    Hammock
    DIY Gathered End
    Tarp
    DIY cat SylNylon
    Insulation
    Jarbridge UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopie/Dutchbling
    Posts
    402
    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Your welcome. I'm not an expert but it's what I've used and what I've read others have recommended. I've also seen some recommend a size 11 needle. Make sure to use a fresh needle for every project. The Guttermann's Mara 70 polyester thread available here is recommended by many. I don't have a local source for it so I just use the Guttermann's Sew All at my local store.
    So if your looking for a big selection of the Mara 70... Check out Wawak...

    http://www.wawak.com/products/catego...ara-70-Thread/

    They have over 400 colors of the Mara 70, they also have the Mara, 30, 40, 100, 120 and 220 in all colors...

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-08-2014, 18:32
  2. does size really matter?
    By mpvisc00 in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-09-2014, 16:32
  3. Does Size Matter?
    By BC9696 in forum Clark Jungle Hammocks
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-07-2013, 16:33
  4. Needle size?
    By ciphoto in forum Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-26-2011, 10:21
  5. Does Size Matter???
    By alienjeff650 in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 04-01-2011, 12:44

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •