I'm not sure why this always confuses me, but it does, so I'll ask and promise to write it down and put it in my binder.
I'm always confused as to what sewing machine needle sizes to use for particular things. I tend to always buy the Schmetz brand because they are available at my local JoAnn store. I also tend to by the "Universal" needles. Here is what I am wondering:
1) What size needle do you use for regular machine piecing on cotton fabrics?
2) Is there a different kind of needle to use if you are sewing with batik fabrics?
3) If I am machine quilting (free motion or stitch in the ditch) is there a certain size/type of needle to use?
4) Machine applique (like invisible machine applique) -what kind of needle do I use?
Thanks everyone for your help!