How To Change A Sewing Machine Needle

So how often should you change a sewing machine needle and how do you tell it needs replacing?

It is recommended to change the needle after 8-10 hours of sewing. You may need to change more regularly if you are using heavier-weight fabrics or regularly sewing through many layers.

Unthread the sewing machine needle and get the thread out of the way. You don’t need to unthread the whole machine.

How to change a sewing machine needle – step by step

Turn off the sewing machine or lock it if you have that function. You don’t want the machine to start sewing if you accidentally bump something!

Raise the needle to the highest position and lower the presser foot. This will give you the maximum amount of space to handle the needle.

Holding the needle with your left hand, loosen the screw that holds the needle in place. You don’t need to completely remove the screw.

Gently pull the needle down and away from the sewing machine.

Grab your new sewing needle. Typically, the shank (top part) of the needle has a flat side and a rounded side. Placing the flat side to the back of the sewing machine, insert the new sewing machine needle into the needle clamp, as high as it will go.

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