How To Put A Needle In Sewing Machine

Parts of the Needle and How to Attach it

Most sewing machines have similar parts that need to be incorporated before putting the needle into the machine. Before threading the needle, it is important to make sure the needle is the correct size and type for the machine and fabric being used. The needle has several parts that include the flat side, the round “shank” at the top, the long groove down the center, the eye that runs through the center, and the sharp point at the end.

When attaching the needle to the machine, first insert the flat side of the needle facing upward. Insert the needle all the way up until the flat side of the shank meets the “needle clamp” screws. Use the flat screwdriver or knurled knob to tighten the screw on the needle clamp so it is firmly in place.

Threading the Needle and the Bobbin

To get the needle threaded correctly, cleave a length of the thread by holding it between the thumb and forefinger, and cut the end of it. Then, remove a few inches of thread from the spool and thread the eye of the needle while pulling the bobbin thread up through the needle plate.

After that, the bobbin should be wound. Depending on the machine, the bobbin may be wound from the bobbin winder or from the spool itself. Align the thread with the tension indicator groove located on the bobbin and feed the thread through the next groove with caution. After that, slide the bobbin onto the bobbin winder shaft, hold the thread lightly and press down the bobbin winder to begin winding. Lastly, once the winding is done, press the reverse lever to stop it.

When to Change Your Needle

When using a sewing machine, it is important to remember to keep the needle clean and sharp. A blunt needle will stretch or tear the materials over time, resulting in uneven and inconsistent stitch quality. It is also important to keep an eye out for any bent or damaged needles as they can cause skipped stitches or fabric injury. To ensure proper stitch quality and fabric safety, remember to change the needle after 8 to 10 hours of use.

Tips on Properly Inserting the Needle

When inserting the new needle, always be sure to insert it with the long groove facing the back of the machine. The closed end of the eye should be facing downward and inserted until it clicks and locks into place, and the flat side of the shank should be facing up. When replacing the needle, use the same size and type of needle that is recommended by the manufacturer, and make sure to tighten the needle clamp enough to prevent the needle from loosening, but not overtighten it so that it can be removed easily.

Tips to Keep Your Needle in Good Shape

To keep needle in good condition, always make sure to keep an extra needle handy so that it can be replaced when necessary. It is also important to keep the needle clean, as lint and dust can get stuck in the eye causing skipped stitches. To ensure the needle stays sharp and in good condition, oil it after every eight or so hours of use. Also, avoid pushing and pulling the fabric while sewing as it can cause damage to the needle.

How to Choose the Right Needle

When choosing a new needle for the sewing machine, the size number should be taken into account depending on the fabric being used. Generally, needles have size numbers ranging from 8 to 18, with size 8 being the smallest and 18 the largest. Coarser fabrics like denim and canvas require a bigger needle size, while lightweight fabrics such as silk and chiffon require a smaller needle size. Additionally, when sewing in zigzag stitches or embroidering, be sure to choose a ballpoint needle to help prevent the thread from breaking and the fabric from ripping.

Copyright Rules to Consider While Sewing

When sewing a project, it is important to consider copyright laws to ensure that you are not infringing copyright as it can lead to legal issues. So, remember to check the terms and conditions of the project or pattern before you make and sell pieces inspired by them to avoid being in trouble. Additionally, when using copyrighted material, get permission from the owner if needed and give credit to the original creator.

Tips to Avoid Sewing Machine Problems

For best results, it is important to make sure the sewing machine is serviced regularly and kept clean. Check the machine regularly and correct any problems immediately to ensure that the machine is operating well. It is also important to use the proper tools and avoid using tools that could cause damage to the needle. Lastly, before starting a new project, make sure to test the thread and stitch on a scrap of fabric to check for any issues

Safety Tips for Sewing with a Needle

When dealing with a needle and thread, there is always a risk of injury as the needle is sharp and can cause physical injury. Therefore, it is important to keep safety in mind while sewing. Most needles come with a cap or shield that can help protect against accidental needle pricks and can be the best way to avoid injury. Additionally, it is important to be careful while working with the needle and avoid placing your fingers in the needle. Also, make sure to avoid using the machine near small children as it can be hazardous to them.

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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