Schmetz Ballpoint Needles…. AMAZING in a Long Arm Machine!

Schmetz long arm needles | December 11, 2019 | By

If you know me or have heard me speak, you know I am passionate about the needles I use in my Handi Quilter long arm. They are labeled as an embroidery ballpoint FOR THE LONGARM. Schmetz needles, to be specific, a light ballpoint. System 134 SES is generally used in single needle lockstitch industrial sewing machines. It is also known as 135×5 SES, 135×7 SES, 135×25 SES, 1901 SES, DPx5 SES, and DPx7 SES, and these are the reasons why I love them………

  1. The ballpoint tip spreads fibers instead of cutting them,
    preventing holes in the fabric. Forget what you think about
    ballpoint needles only being for jersey knits. These are
    not for sewing, they are for quilting purposes. Batiks? Never have a hole again if you must unsew!
    2. Reduces and almost always eliminates thread breaks and shredding when a moving machine goes from right to left.
    3. Round shank needles, for multi-directional use
    4. For use with most machines HandiQuilter, Gammill,
    Prodigy, Nolting, Tin Lizzie and Innova.
    ***** (these are a ROUND shank top, with a thread groove
    in the front and scarf in the back) I don’t believe these
    will work on an APQS, A1 or a Bernina
    longarm. They will work on an HQ Infinity at a lower speed.
    5. Prevents skipped stitches
    6. High stability and prevents deflection.
    7. Precise stitches
    8. Reduces wear on machine parts
    9. Long-lasting, no need to change the needle after every quilt.

You can find them here on my website in sizes 14, 16 or 18, at $10 for a package of 10 needles. You can add as many packs as you like for one shipping cost of $3. I am NOT a machine expert, so I can’t tell you if these will absolutely work with your machine or not, but have listed above the machines I know that will use them, according to customers who have purchased and used the needles. They compare to a Groz-Beckert 134 needle in the green package. Give them a try! You’ll never look back!


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    Diane Vankirk
    December 11, 2019

    Just purchased (and received) more of these needles for my Nolting machine. I’ve been more than happy with them, and have to tell you that I completed a quilt that has a batik backing. My first experience with batik, and I was pretty apprehensive about it. But these needles definitely took away my fears. When the bobbin thread messed up and I had to take out a row of stitching and redo it, there were no glaring holes to try and hide. Thanks again Kelly for offering these, they are so well worth investing in!!

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      December 11, 2019

      YAY Diane!!! I know, they are magic needles in my world! Hard to believe they can make such a difference until you have such a pleasant experience. Thanks for the great testimony!!

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    Leeanna Kay Brunsell
    December 11, 2019

    I purchased these needles from you and my INNOVA and I love them!!

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    December 11, 2019

    Hi Kelly, you mentioned the HQ machines. Will they work in all of them? I have an Avante. Thanks for the info!

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      December 11, 2019

      Hi Brenda, yes, they work in all HQ machines!

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    Mary Ann Wattam
    December 11, 2019

    I use them in my APQS all the time, love them. I have been told that the machines are timed to a different needle. I have had no problems. Won’t quilt using them. Quilt 10-12 hrs a day, no problems.

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    December 11, 2019

    Would this translate to a home machine using regular sewing machine ballpoint needles?

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      December 11, 2019

      This particular needle can only be used on the long arm, but you can use a ballpoint for the domestic machine with the same fabulous results.

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    Susan Shamekh
    December 11, 2019

    If i understand correctly? These are only for long arm machines- not for domestic use while quilting?

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      December 11, 2019

      Right, these particular needles are long arm only.

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    December 11, 2019

    I have tried these needles and I will not go back…these absolutely the best needles ever. I now use on my Prodigy. Thanks for the post on these needles.

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      December 11, 2019

      You are welcome! They are magic needles!!

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    February 13, 2020

    Do you know if these needles will work in a Grace Q’Nique machine? I am able to use these Schmetz needles: “Canu: 20:05 17 NM:90 Size:14 134 (R) SERV 7 135×5 DPx5”. Obviously I have no idea what any of these things mean except for the size. Lol

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      February 14, 2020

      Yes they will, thanks Sandi!

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        March 17, 2020

        Sandi, I have a Q’nique 21 and won’t use any other needles than these!! When Kelly posted she only changes her needle 3x/yr….that seemed quite a bit hard to believe….but her quilting is so beautiful. I had to try them out! I quilted a queen size quilt made entirely of small half square triangles, varying fabrics. But wait….it gets worse. The owner had planned to quilt it herself and had already spray basted the quilt sandwich but due to life, was unable to do so. The batting was nice wool that *had* to be used….so I just pulled the 3 layers apart, loaded my rails and off I went. It was a very special wedding gift, so I watched the stitching Like. A. Hawk. I can tell you…..EVERY. SINGLE. STITCH. was to perfection. No skipping or shredding or breaking. Nothing but beautiful stitching. After that, I quilted a throw quilt or 2 and a bunch of kids’ quilts….. Still the same quilting perfection. I can’t thank Kelly enough for sharing how great these needles are!

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    Dorothy Murphy
    June 17, 2020

    Qnique 15R–#16 (50wt) and #18 (40wt thread) from Grace –what do I order from Schmetz for needles (I use Glide and Finesse thread)-thanks!

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      June 22, 2020

      Hi Dorothy, the same, #16 and #18. They are the same needle essentially, just a different point. You’ll never know the difference, except things will be better! 😉

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    Frances Hill
    June 27, 2020

    Do you know if they will work on a Husqvarna Viking ? l

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      June 28, 2020

      If you have a flat backed needle they won’t, these are round shank and work on a 134 system machine. You would need to see the number 134 on the package you are currently using.

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    Margaret Esselman
    September 24, 2020

    Will these work on a Baby Lock Crown Jewel II?

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      September 27, 2020

      Yes they will, thanks for asking!

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