Knitted fabrics are very different from woven fabrics in terms of their construction and can not be sewn in the same way. The following recommendations should be taken into account in order to avoid damage during sewing and confectioning.
Please note that these are recommendations only. Proper sewing tests should always be conducted prior to production in order to assure best quality.
The size of the needle affects the fabric more than the needle type. For knitted fabrics, we recommend a needle size between Nm 90 and Nm 110. However,
this must be evaluated for different types of fabrics.
The risk of damaging the yarn increases along with the thickness of the needle. Therefore, the thinner the needle the better.
The needle should be checked and changed regularly as the slightest damage on the needle point could damage the fabric when penetrating it.
Use a needle with a rounded tip, which is also called a ball-point or jersey needle. This type of needle will push the yarns out of the way instead of damaging them. Recommended types of needles are SES or SUK.
SES: Light ball-point, medium knitwear
SUK: Medium ball-point, fine and course knitwear