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superior needlesThe difference between an HLx5 needle and Superior's Topstitch needles.

Q. I just bought the Babylock Jane high-speed sewing machine to do frame quilting and need some quality needles. The manual states it takes HLX5 needles and I want to use your titanium-coated Topstitch needles.  Do you carry compatible size?

A. The HLx5 needle is a home machine needle (it has a flat shank) which has been designed to stitch through heavy fabric and leather. It has a unique tapered shape to it, which helps form good stitches while stitching very fast (1,500+ stitches per minute). If you are not planning on sewing on thick fabric at that high rate of speed, our Titanium-coated Topstitch needles are a great option to use. They are fantastic for piecing and quilting and they're coated with a thin layer of Titanium-nitride which makes the needle much more abrasion resistant than regular home machine needles.

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By: Bob Purcell