How To Change Needle On Sewing Machine Brother

Thread the Needle

Changing the needle on a sewing machine is a routine maintenance task that should be done periodically or whenever the thread jams or bunches. Doing so on a Brother Model Sewing Machine will ensure the task is done safely and correctly.

When needed, the first step is to identify the correct replacement needle for your sewing machine. Refer to the sewing machine’s instruction manual for this information, as not all needles are interchangeable. Research online or speak to an expert (e.g., at your local fabric store) if you are unsure or need help.

Once the correct type of needle is selected, the sewing machine should be unplugged prior to any work being done. This will ensure you have a safe environment while servicing the machine.

The next step is to remove the existing needle. Generally, a small screwdriver or similar tool will be needed. Unscrew the thumb screw that attaches the needle to the clamp. This screw is typically located at the top of the needle’s slot.

Now insert the new needle, again making sure it is the correct size. Have the flat side of the needle facing you, with the groove (or slot) facing away from you and the long shaft pointing up. This will ensure the needle is properly aligned for proper functioning.

Next, slide the needle into the clamp with the thumb screw. Be sure to insert it as far as possible. You should hear a click or feel resistance as the collar goes bellow the clamp. Now the thumbscrew can be tightened to secure the needle, but be careful not to overtighten so as not to strip the hole.

Once the needle is secured, you can begin to test it. First plug the machine back in, and then turn it on. If the machine behaves as it should, then you are all done. Note that you may have to adjust your tension as the size of the needle can affect it.

Safety Precautions

When changing the needle be sure to wear safety gloves. While gloves may not always be necessary, it is proven that they can prevent scrapes, cuts and needle pricks.

In response to the changing needs of the sewing industry, Brother sewing machines are designed with a needle guard that may need to be removed in order to access the needle. If so, be sure not to force it. If you feel resistance, check the instruction manual for instructions and only continue when you are certain it is correct.

Never attempt to force or pry stuck or broken needles from the machine. Broken or bent needles can cause serious damage to the machine. If in doubt, the best thing to do is to call technical support from Brother or consult a professional repairman.

Storage Considerations

When changing needles, it is important to store them in a safe place in their packaging until needed. Sharp needles can cause injury if not handled with care, so use caution when storing, cleaning and carrying them.

It is also a good practice to label each packaged needle, such as the type and size. This will make it easier to find the replacement needle when needed.


Though changing the needle on a Brother Model Sewing Machine is relatively simple and relatively inexpensive, it can still have financial constraints. Many sewing machines come with multiple type of needles but additional needles may need to be bought.

Keep in mind that quality of replacement needles matters. Be sure to buy from a reputable source and never purchase used ones. It is better to spend more money on a good quality needle that will last longer than a cheap one that can damage your sewing machine quickly.

Common Issues

If you find that your needle is not staying in the correct position, there are a few common problems to look for. First, check that the thumbscrew is tightened securely, as this will ensure the needle is properly secured.

Next, be sure that the needle is properly aligned. If the needle is pointing incorrectly, the thread may bunch up or jam. If the thread is too tight or uneven, the tension needs to be adjusted.

Finally, make sure that the needle is not dull or damaged. If the tip is too worn or broken, the thread may not be able to pass through the needle’s eye smoothly.


It is important to regularly check or change your sewing machine’s needle regularly. A good guideline is when you change the thread, you should look at the needle to see if it is dull or damaged. Generally speaking, you should replace it every few projects or when you experience any problems while sewing.

In addition to changing the needle, you should also conduct regular maintenance on your sewing machine. This includes cleaning and lubricating the machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help your machine last longer and more efficiently.


By following the steps outlined above, you can safely and correctly replace the needle on a Brother Model Sewing Machine. However, not all needles are interchangeable and the correct needle should be selected for the machine. Additionally, regular needle and machine maintenance should be conducted to keep the machine in top condition.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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