Needle And Thread Size Chart for Quilting – Easy to Sizing

Needle And Thread Size Chart for Quilting. Quilting is a great hobby that can become an obsession for some. When it comes to the right needle and thread size, you need to know what you are doing or you will end up with poor results. If your quilt is not holding its shape or if it looks like there are holes in your quilt then this may be due to the wrong needle size. This post will help you to identify what needle size you need for your next project and what thread you should use!

Needle and Thread Size Chart for Quilting

How to determine your needle and thread size?

The needle and thread size you require for your quilt will depend on the weight, or thickness, of the fabric. If you are using a thin fabric such as cotton then use 80/12 (80th inch) length sewing machine needles; if you’re working with thicker fabrics like corduroy or denim use a 90/14-90RH (round hand). To determine what size to buy it is important that when purchasing them at any store they should be labeled clearly next to their sizes so there can’t be confusion later in the process about which ones need to go where during assembly.

Needle and Thread Size Chart for Quilting

The chart below is your best bet when shopping for sewing supplies. The Right column corresponds to the size of the needle, while the left provides metric conversions. Stick with a similar-sized thread as well if you can! The lower the thread number, the thicker the thread; and if you want to make your stitches even more durable then go with a higher needle.

FabricApplicationThread TypeThread SizeNeedle Size
MediumBroadclothCotton60-9075/11 – 90/14
MediumTaffetaSynthetic60-9075/11 – 90/14
MediumFlannel, GabardineSilk5075/11 – 90/14
ThinLawnCotton60-9065/9 – 75/11
ThinGeorgetteSynthetic60-9065/9 – 75/11
ThinChallis, SatinSilk5065/9 – 75/11
ThickDenimCotton5090/14 – 100/16
ThickCorduroySynthetic50-6090/14 – 100/16
ThickTweedSilk50-6090/14 – 100/16
StretchJerseyFor Knits50-60Ballpoint needle
75/11 – 90/14
(gold colored)
StretchTricotFor Knits50-60Ballpoint needle
75/11 – 90/14
(gold colored)
Easily Frayed/Cotton50-9065/9 – 90/14
Easily Frayed/Synthetic50-9065/9 – 90/14
Easily Frayed/Silk5065/9 – 90/14
For Top-Stitching/Synthetic30100/16
For Top-Stitching/Silk50-6075/11 – 90/14

Why are there so many sizes of needles and threads 

Different sizes of machines and thread can cause stitches to be too loose or not tight enough. The same goes for needles; thicker needle threads make it difficult to sew through thick fabrics, while the thinner ones are easier but become less effective when sewing with a lot of layers. Quilters need a variety of tools in order to do their job properly!

The importance of using the correct needle & thread size when sewing 

When sewing, the most important concern needs to be with needle and thread size. In order for a garment or other fabric item to look professional, it is essential that you use needles and threads appropriately – otherwise, your work will not last as long due to holes created by oversized metal stitches which can fray any pieces of fabric they come into contact with. When deciding on what types of materials are best suited for different projects, take care when matching them up because this ensures longevity once again.


I’m Jane and I’m the editor of! I am a long-time craft and clothing design fan who has been writing about these interests for years.

I have spent many hours studying knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, and quilting as well as learning about various brands and models of sewing gear and machines. In addition to this research, my work involves publishing information related to these topics in ways that will be informative for both amateur crafters like me and more experienced sewers!