This particular needle is a Janome specific and is identified by the blue shank. The Janome blue tip needles’ design is unique, as it has a pierce point plus a slightly longer than normal thread groove (scarf). This needle will cure skipped stitches and puckering in any problem fabric especially synthetics. Although only available in size 75 (11), it is compatible with vast majority of fabrics. A great “all purpose” needle for both machine embroidery and general sewing, also featuring an oversize eye to accommodate embroidery thread. It reduces stress and tension on the top thread and makes threading easier. Best of all, this needle will fit any domestic machine.