Accessories – Needles

Premium needles for premium sewing results

Designed to Last Longer, Stay Sharper Longer and Outperform.

It’s the “Little” things which makes a world of difference.

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Achieving superior results every time.

For all projects, PFAFF has the right sewing machine needle to achieve superior results every time.

Everything you need to know about sewing machine needles.

Sewing machine needles are the most changeable part of your sewing machine and they can change how your machine forms stitches. Understanding how the parts of a sewing machine needle work will help you choose the correct size for the fabric and thread you are sewing. Understanding the sizing information on the needle packages will help you purchase the correct size.

Changing the machine needle is the first step to solving most sewing machine problems. Know about the needles and solve your problems faster than you ever dreamed possible!

Parts of a sewing machine needle

All sewing machine needles have the same basic parts. The variation in needles is caused by the shape of the parts and the length of the parts. Learning what the parts are and what they do, will help you understand how they work and why you would use different types of sewing machine needles.

Shaft: The shaft of a sewing machine needle is the area from the bottom of the shank to the point. The shaft contains the groove, scarf, eye, and point of the needle.

Groove: A groove is along the side of the needle leading to the eye and acts as a place for the thread to lay into the needle. Use your fingernail and feel the groove of the needle on various sizes to understand why a different size needle would be needed for a heavier thread.

Scarf: The scarf is a groove out of one side of the needle. The scarf allows the bobbin case hook to intersect with the upper thread and form stitches.

Eye: The eye of the needle carries the thread so the machine can keep forming stitches. The size of the eye can vary and works in conjunction with the groove of the needle. Using a needle with an eye that is too small or too large can cause your thread to shred and break.

Point: The point of the needle is the first contact with the fabric and responsible for how the needle pierces the fabric.

The most common types of needle points are sharp, ballpoint, and universal.

  • Sharp needles are for all woven fabric. The sharp point is especially helpful when sewing straight lines and tasks such as tops stitching.
  • Ballpoint needles are designed for knit fabric so that the point glides between the loops of a knit fabric without disturbing the ​fibers of the fabric. Ballpoint needles do not form as straight stitching as sharp needles. The non-straight stitching is more apt to stretch with the fabric.
  • Universal needles can be used with woven or knit fabric. The point of a universal needle is sharp yet also slightly rounded, giving it the characteristics of a sharp and a ballpoint needle. If you are not happy with the stitches your machine is forming, try switching the needle to either a ballpoint or sharp.
Professional Results

Key Features


Stronger Steel

Stronger needles stay sharp and last longer to stitch cleanly through any material.


Superior Needle Stiffness

PFAFF® high quality cold forged steel sewing machine needles are manufactured with an exclusive flow pressing technique. This delivers incomparable bending stillness to avoid needle breakage and skipped stitches.


Stitch Integrity

PFAFF® proprietary CAE (Clearance Above Eye) needle design improves the thread-catching clearance. You’ll experience fewer skipped stitches and less risk of collision with the bobbin case.


Insert Ease

PFAFF® T-shaped needle head makes it easy to insert into your machine.

Smooth Thread Handling

PFAFF® needles have perfectly rounded edges, eye and grooves. You will have 100% burr free protection with your threads and fabrics while sewing.

Shape Resilience

PFAFF® exclusive Delta-U needle groove delivers more extreme needle bendability. Your needle will rebound to shape, producing a more accurate stitch.

Threading Ease

A larger needle eye allows for an easier, faster, and more satisfying threading experience.