I was asked the other day to explain the sizing of needles to a customer. As I began rattling off information off the top of my head, I realized how confusing sizing can be....hand needle sizing is the EXACT OPPOSITE of sewing machine needle sizing!
LARGER the number (size), the SMALLER the needle.
Sewing Machine Needles
LARGER the needle.
Confused yet? I found a couple of great charts created by the Sewing and Craft Alliance in PDF form, ready for you to download and or print out. Each chart describes types of needles and their respective uses.
For Hand Needles, click here.
For Sewing Machine Needles, click here.
Hope this helps!