For beginners, it can be a little confusing to understand how to change your sewing needle and when to do it, lucky for you, most sewing machines have a pretty simple changing mechanism for you to follow.
Changing your needle on your sewing machine can be done easily with just a screwdriver and by turning the knob on your machine, the clamps on your sewing machine will help you tighten/untighten the needle that you replace. Your needle will need to replaced routinely.
We have put together a step by step guide below for changing your needle in your sewing machine, as well as when to know if your needle on your machine needs changing or not.
Let's change that needle!
If you are changing your needle to a thicker one for a special fabric, or your current needle is simply looking dull and needs to be replaced, you need to understand how to change the needle on your machine.
You'll need a new needle to complete this process and a small screwdriver if one didn't come with your machine.
This is down to personal preference, you will need to change the needle sometimes depending on the type of fabric you are sewing, for maintenance, on the other hand, this can be down to several factors such as -
Sewing needles are available in a variety of sizes, points, and thickness styles depending on stitching you want to do on different types of fabric.
The main parts of a sewing needle consist of; a shank, a blade, shaft, point and butt. These parts vary according to the style of the needle you pick.
In Europe, our needle size ranges from 60-110, the higher the number on your needle then the thicker the fabric it can normally stitch with. So for thin fabric go will a small needle size number and vice versa.
For example, with thin silk material, you could use a needle with the number 60/8, but for a heavy-duty material like leather, a needle of 110/18 would be more suitable as it needs to be thicker to tackle the stitching.
Needles can often seem sharp still when they have become dull, the best way to tell if your needle has gone blunt (without giving it a good poke) is by hearing a pop or thud sound as it stitches.
Your stitches will also be of lower quality and the machine will be under much more stress.
If your needle tends to break this can be due to how you are setting up the thread on your machine, problems such as the needle not being in line with the tension discs can pull on the needle and cause it to snap. This can simply be correctly solved by re-threading.
As you can now see, to change a needle on your sewing machine is pretty straightforward, just always make sure your machine is turned off before fiddling with it and refer to your specific models manual for reference when needed.
Figuring out when to change your machine's needle can be more of a task, but gets better with practice, and you will soon be able to identify the signs of when your machine is underperforming.
How do you know when your needle needs changing? Let us know in the comments below.