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sewing machine needle sizes

I need to order new needles for my sewing machine (Seiko sth8bld-3). When I purchased it, it came with a couple of needles. They say Organ
22. The booklet calls for a DPx17. I am mostly sewing vinyl and sew foam, no leather. What do I ask for? What sizes should I have on hand? Thanks for help out a newbie.

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You are talking about two different animals. The Organ 22 is the actual size of the needle. Industrial needles come in a lot of sizes. the smallest needle you'd want for auto upholstery is 18 and the largest you would need is size 25. The rule of thumb for needle sizes is that if the size thread you want to use goes through the needle's eye easily, that size needle will work fine. I do almost all of my sewing with a size 22 needle, but I do use size 18 for size 69 thread, and size 25 for larger thread, like size 207 and larger.


DPx17 is the needle system used by your machine, and a lot of other brands of machine, and is the same as 135x17 and SY 3355. It will be easier to search for 135x17, but all of those numbers will be on the needle package.
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