How To Put Needle In Brother Sewing Machine


Putting needle in Brother sewing machine can be intimidating for those who are new to sewing, but with a few simple steps, one can easily master the process. The following instructions will help the user in properly inserting the needle into the sewing machine without any damage to the needle or the machine.

Things You Will Need

The following items are necessary for putting the needle in the Brother sewing machine:

  • Brother sewing machine of the desired model
  • Needle for the particular model of Brother sewing machine that you are using
  • Needle clamp screwdriver

Setting Up the Machine

Begin by unplugging the power cord from the power outlet and unlocking the needle bar. This will make the needle bar come down and be easily visible, making it easier to set up.

Then, take the needle clamp screwdriver and hold the flat end of it, with the end pointing in an upward direction. Now, place the needle, with its flat side facing you, onto the needle bar and connect the screw of the needle clamp screwdriver to the hole in the shaft lock on the needle.

Once the needle is securely in place, take both hands and push it slightly upwards to lock the needle bar onto the machine. The flat side of the needle should now be facing the machine; this will ensure that the needle will go into the material properly.

Inserting the Needle

Now that the needle is firmly secured on the machine, it is time to insert the needle into the material. Begin by removing the presser foot and the thread that is connected to the machine.

Release the needle container by tilting it to the right side, opening the lid of the container and taking out the needle threader. Lift the needle to its highest point and, with the needle threader, pass it through the eye of the needle. Wrap the thread in a clockwise direction around the pin of the needle threader and fasten it in the notch.

Turn the flywheel to the right and make sure that the top thread take-up lever is engaged as the needle goes up and down. Pull out the thread from the spool pin, passing it through the hand wheel, and then through the pressure foot guide. Finally, insert the thread from underneath the presser foot, pressing it in place up to the hole indicated.

Threading the Needle

Now that the needle is inserted, its time to thread the machine. Start by raising the needle to its highest point, again. With the spool of thread in its place, put the thread through the upper thread guide and the thread eyelet, passing it from the left side to the right.

Then, pass the thread through the take-up lever and continue passing it through the thread guide and the tension disc. Then, pass the thread through the loop of the lower thread guide.

Finally, wrap the thread once around the thread loop at the back of the needle, close the needle container, and make sure that the thread is securely fixed in the notch. Turn the flywheel to the left and make sure the top thread take-up lever is engaged.

Testing the Machine

Once the above mentioned steps have been followed, the user can go ahead and test the needle to check if it is working properly. Put the presser foot in place and lower the needle as you turn the flywheel. This will make the needle go up and down, allowing the user to test the needle and make sure that it is firmly inserted and there are no loose threads.

Once the user is confident that the needle is inserted correctly, they can use their Brother sewing machine to start sewing.

Cleaning Tips

Even though the Brother sewing machines are durable and long lasting, it is recommended that users follow regular cleaning and maintenance tips to ensure the machine lasts for a long time and does not face any repairs due to negligence or lack of proper upkeep.

Begin by unplugging the machine from the power outlet. Then, use the brush that comes with the machine to wipe off all the dust that has accumulated on its surface. Make sure to use a cotton cloth to clean the machine so that it does not get scratched. Once the machine is clean, apply a few drops of sewing machine oil onto it and wipe it off to ensure that there are no excess oils. Finally, use the brush again to brush off the excess oil.

Protecting the Needle

As the needle is the most important part of the sewing machine, it is important to protect it from any damage, such as dents and bends. This can lead to poor performance of the machine and even cause permanent damage. Therefore, when changing the needle, make sure to handle it with care and use one’s finger to hold the position of the needle as it is being inserted into the machine. Also, avoid using blunt or inexpensive needles as this can lead to further damage of the machine and the needle itself.

Checking the Tension

It is highly important to check the tension of the machine before starting to sew, to ensure a proper stitching of the cloth. Regular adjustment and checking of the tension knob can be a major help in this case. The tension knob has numbers on it, from 0-9; usually, a number 3 is recommended for most fabrics. Make sure to adjust the tension knob to the desired number before starting to sew.


Putting the needle in the Brother sewing machine may seem intimidating, but with a few simple steps, one can easily master the process. Following the instructions mentioned above will not only make it easier for the user to insert the needle, but it will also help protect the needle and the machine from any damage.

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.

Leave a Comment