The numbers on a sewing machine needle denote its size. Every sewing machine needle has two numbers divided by a slash, for example, 90/14. The larger the number, the thicker the needle. The larger number to the left is for the European sizing system, which ranges from 60 to 120.

## What does the stitch number mean on a sewing machine?

On most modern sewing machines, the stitch length control indicates the length of a single stitch is in millimetres. So a length of 3.0 means each stitch is 3mm long (or just under 1/8″). Therefore, the bigger the number, the smaller the stitch (and the more stitches that can fit in an inch of sewing).

## What tension should Jeans be set at?

Tension is ideal up to 6, but is too high after that and pulls the top stitch into a flat line. Regular thread, bobbin thread view. The bobbin stitches clear up around 6 but dont improve much after that.

## What number should tension be on sewing machine?

As the bobbin thread tension is factory-set and wouldnt usually be adjusted for normal sewing. So well be talking only about the top thread tension since thats where youd usually make the adjustments. The dial settings run from 0 to 9, so 4.5 is generally the default position for normal straight-stitch sewing.