One of my embroidery and sewing comrads passed along this great needle information. Enjoy!
To the naked eye, the point of most needles probably looks the same, unless you eat an unnaturally large amount of carrots! But, the points of needles have small differences that can really affect the end result. Let me share with you some basic information on the most commonly used needles.
Ball Point-with a slightly rounded point, it is designed to sew knits without piercing or breaking the fibers.
Embroidery-has a specially coated, larger eye to allow smooth thread flow at the higher sewing speeds of embroidery.
Leather-for genuine leather only, the chisel point penetrates difficult to sew projects. Do not use this needle for fabric or synthetic suede or leather.
Universal-a slight ball point makes this a great needle for most woven fabrics and some knits as well.