This blog was originally posted on June 23, 2021. Considering the number of emails we have received since then from customers complaining about defective needles with slits in them, we felt it was prudent to rerun the blog. Please be aware that the Universal Needles and Quick Threading Needles are two different needles.
Quick Threading Needle – System 705 HDK
No, your needle is not broken. The slit in the eye is there by design. The Quick Threading Needle is designed for sewing enthusiasts with diminished eyesight (or who just have trouble threading the needle).
The close-up image on the card illustrates the concept behind the Quick Threading Needle. The Quick Threading Needle is the same as the Universal Needle except for the small threading slot in the eye. This threading slot supports quick and easy threading of the needle. The needle is threaded by drawing the needle thread over the surface of the right side of the needle until it slides into the eye by itself. It is not necessary to change the thread tension. Like the Universal Needle, it can be used for many fabrics.
Please do not use the Quick Threading Needle for sensitive fabrics (i.e., silk, microfibre, etc.) as the slot might create pulled threads. It should also not be used for quilting as fibers of the batting might be pulled out.
The thickness of the sewing thread being used should be adapted to the needle size. If the sewing thread is too fine (thin), it might slip out of the needle eye. If the sewing thread is too heavy (thick), it might break frequently.
Available in sizes 80/12 and 90/14.