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There are a few thicker fabric weaves that may call for you to change to a heavy duty needle when making your hammock. However you'll find that most garden varieties of needles will be equal to the task. You should always check with the manufacturers guidelines for the exact specifications on needles to use. But, while making your hammock you can always use one until it breaks and then upgrade your needle. Most sewing machines come ready equipped with many grades of needles. You know you have the right one when it holds up.