Use the Right Needles!
Handi Quilter recommends only one needle system for its machines. Compatible needles will have the following designations: 134, DP X 5, 135 X 5, 135 X 7, 797, SY 1955.
Handi Quilter machines are timed to use this style of needle only. The needle features a machined scarf. The letter R refers to the needle point — a sharp needle. We have tested sizes 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 in this needle type.
When you buy needles online, from a Handi Quilter rep, or from a local quilt shop, make sure you get the right needles. For example, do not buy needles with the MR designation because they have a cranked, or bent, shaft and Handi Quilter machines are not timed to work with these needles.
What about titanium needles? As long as the titanium needles match the parameters listed above, feel free to use them. Our Handi Quilter educators have successfully used them, although they aren’t available for purchase from Handi Quilter.
You may also choose compatible light ballpoint (FG) needles for use with knit fabrics or T-shirt quilts.
If you have difficulty finding the right needles, you can always get them from Handi Quilter.