How to Fix Sewing Machine Needle Break: 5 Common Problems and their Solutions when your sewing machine breaking a needle very often.
You may be feeling frustrated when you are happily making your dress but suddently...
..sewing machine needle breaks.
You change to a new needle, but again another broken needle.
If it happens a couple of times, you get clueless as what could be the cause.
If your machine is old, needle breaking could be a reason of worn out parts.
When we work on different type of fabrics materials or layers, needle may not be appropriate for the purpose.
Needle may also wear off due to long hours of stitching or abrasion.
Therefore, it is advisable that we change the needle after regular checking the sharpness and bluntness of the needle.
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#1: THE NEEDLE BREAKS TOO OFTEN
Be careful while working closely on any sewing project. Once, I almost got a piece of needle point into my eyes.
- The needle is incorrectly inserted.
- The needle is bent or blunt.
- The needle clamp screw is loose.
- Different makes of machines may have slightly different mechanism of inserting the needle into the clamp but the process is somewhat the same.
- Raise the needle by turning the hand wheel towards you and lower the presser foot.
- Loosen the needle clamp screw by turning it counter clockwise and remove the needle from this clamp.
- Insert a new needle into the clamp.
- When inserting the needle into the clamp, push it up as far as it will go and tighten the clamp screw firmly with a screwdriver.
- Working on very thick, embroidered, zari work, mirror or stone work, bent the needle point.
- Check needle frequently for blunted points. A damaged needle can damage your knits, fine silks and silk like fabrics permanently.
Note : To check the needle point, place the flat side of needle on a flat surface.
The clearance between the needle and flat surface should be consistent.
#2. THE TENSION OF THE NEEDLE THREAD IS TOO TIGHT.
- Thread tension is adjusted depending on the sewing material or fabric, layers of fabric etc.
To know if the needle thread tension is too tight, check if the bobbin thread (bottom thread) appears on the right side (top side) of fabric,
if yes then loosen the needle thread tension by moving the dial to a lower number.
To know if the needle thread tension is too loose, check if the needle thread (top thread) appears on the wrong side (bottom side) of the fabric,
if yes then tighten the needle thread tension by moving the deal to a higher number.
#3. THE FABRIC IS NOT DRAWN TO THE BACK, WHEN SEWING IS FINISHED
- When sewing is complete, we raise the presser foot and draw the fabric to the back, while moving hand wheel with one hand.
This way, our needle and thread are not pulled along and we draw our fabric smoothly.
#4. THE NEEDLE IS TOO FINE FOR THE FABRIC BEING SEWN
- Generally, fine threads and needles are used for sewing thin fabrics and thicker threads and needles are used for sewing heavy fabrics.
- Always test thread and needle size on a small piece of fabric, which will be used for actual sewing to know if the stitch is coming smoothly.
- When sewing very fine fabrics, keep a thin piece of paper under that fabric to prevent seam puckering.
#5. THE PATTERN SELECTOR DIAL HAD BEEN TURNED, WHILE THE NEEDLE WAS IN THE MATERIAL.
Always raise the needle and presser foot before changing the pattern selector dial.
Turn the pattern selector dial to set the setting mark at the symbol showing the desired pattern.
One more thing.
if there is a thick layer or fold, on which you want to stitch then don’t force your needle to pass without giving trouble.
Instead, use a soft dry piece of bathing soap and rub against that thick layer fold. your needle would stitch the fold smoothly, without breaking and without giving troubles.
If there is mirror or stone work on your dress, then don’t pressurize your needle to go inside that.
There are certain things your poor needle can’t do.
Use a hand needle for such work. Remove stones or mirrors if they are coming in the way of your machine needle.
This is How to Fix Sewing Machine Needle Break. I hope this information is useful for you.
If the problem, still persists, chances could be that internal machine parts are rusted, worn out or misfit.
In that case, get your sewing machine aligned from a trusted service center.