Janome Universal Needles also known as Regular Sharp Needles are used for general sewing of most woven and knit fabrics. This includes chiffon, linen and wool.
Janome Ballpoint Needles have a rounded point and can slip between the yarns to prevent damage to knitted or stretch fabrics such as jersey and fleecy fabric. Janome Ballpoint needles also have a special scarf to eliminate skipped stitches on these types of stretchy fabrics.
Blue Tip Needles are for machine embroidery and light to medium weight stretch fabrics. Blue Tip needles have a semi ballpoint tip, so that when stitching with light fabrics like organza, there is less tendency for both the fabric fibres and embroidery stitches to break down.
Red Tip Needles are size 14 needles with a sharp point, with added strength and durability. It’s works well in most situations where a universal needle is indicated, or when working with dense embroidery and thicker fabrics. It has a larger eye to allow metallic threads to flow through without catching and breaking.
Denim: Has a sharp point and a stronger shaft for denim, canvas and other tightly woven fabrics. It’s eye also accommodates denim thread, being thicker than standard sewing thread.
Purple Tip: Purple Tip needles have a special shaped cobra head with a ballpoint tip. This head design allows the stitch to be properly formed, when stitching knit and tricot fabric, ordinary sewing and when embroidering. The Purple Tip needle is also designed to help prevent skipped stitches when stitching on these types of fabrics, or when embroidering.