Proudly touting the joys of sewing, many avid hobbyists until recently have overlooked one of a sewing machine’s most common issues – needles. As any beginner seamstress or tailor knows, needles in a sewing machine can cause a multitude of problems if they get stuck. From stitching difficulties to skipped stitches, a broken needle in your sewing machine can quickly break the momentum of your sewing project. Knowing how to remove a needle from a sewing machine is therefore a key part of having a fun and successful experience.
The most common way of removing a needle from a sewing machine is to use two pliers and a pair of scissors. Before you even get to picking up the pliers, however, ensure that you have unplugged the machine from power. Start by loosening the thumb screw which usually holds the needle in place. After loosening the screw use the two pliers to grip the sides of the needle and then clip the thread near the thread take up lever with the scissors. Move the needle up and down gently while keeping the lever in its highest position to create some wiggle room. You can then use the pliers to grip the needle in place and pull it out.
If this doesn’t work, another option is to use needle nosed pliers to grip the needle and remove it. Start by loosening the thumb screw, then using the needle nosed pliers to grip the needle and apply pressure. Take care when using the pliers as they can be quite powerful and can damage or bend the needle or the throat plate. You should then turn the hand wheel until the needle moves and you can get a hold of it with the pliers. Make sure to grip it with the flat end of the needle and then slowly wiggle it from side to side until it is free from the machine.
Finally, if you’re still having no luck with the two previous methods, use an adjustable help tool to pull the needle out. Start by loosening the finger screw and then unscrewing the needle completely. After which, insert the help tool into the slot and then twist the needle out of its housing. Again, apply steady pressure when using the help tool and make sure not to break the needle.
Tips for Preventing Needle Problems
To help prevent needle issues from occurring in the first place, there are a few small steps you can take. Firstly, ensure you’re using the correct needle for the type of fabric you’re working with. Using the wrong types can easily lead to needles breaking or becoming stuck. Secondly, make sure your needle is always properly inserted into the machine. Lastly, tighten the thumb screw for the needle so it’s secure – don’t over-tighten as this may damage the needle or the throat plate.
Cleaning Up What’s Left Behind
Once you’ve successfully gotten the needle out, it’s always a good idea to take a few extra steps. Firstly, take a look at the thread take up lever as it can easily get bent or twisted when removing the needle. You can then use a needle file to get rid of any burrs left on the thread take up lever or the throat plate. Finally, if necessary, use a brush to clear debris or lint which has built up around the needle area.
Other Solutions to Consider
For those who don’t have the expertise or the experience to remove a needle, there are other solutions. Certain stores and shops offer needle removal services for sewing machines. However, these services can often be pricey and require you to leave your machine for a period of time. Alternatively, you can also purchase a tool specifically designed for removing needles from sewing machines. This can take the guesswork out of removing needles and ensure you don’t damage your machine in the process.
Replacing the Needle
Once you’ve successfully removed the needle, it’s time to replace it. Start by loosening the thumb screw and then inserting a new needle into the machine. Ensure you’ve selected the right needle for the job by checking the needle and thread size guide for the specific material you’re working with. Furthermore, once the needle is inserted, securely tighten the thumb screw to ensure it doesn’t move.
When it comes to removing needles in a sewing machine, there are a few things to keep in mind. Always take safety precautions when removing a needle and make sure to remove your machine from power beforehand. In addition, make sure to check your needle and thread guide before using new needles in order to select the right size. Finally, use the right tools to remove the needle and pay attention to your technique.
Additional Needle Maintenance
In addition to removing and replacing needles, there are a few maintenance steps you can take. Firstly, regularly check your needle to make sure it’s clean and free from lint or other debris. To do this simply brush the needle with a clean brush and then inspect it with a magnifying glass. Secondly, if you’re using thread for embroidery, make sure to regularly check for debris and clear it with a damp cloth. Finally, ensure the needle is at the correct angle and tension before each use.
Tools Needed for Maintenance
In order to carry out needle maintenance for your sewing machine, you’ll need a few basic tools. At a minimum, you’ll need an adjustable help tool, some pliers and a pair of scissors. You may also need a brush and a damp cloth to clear debris and lint on a regular basis. Additionally, it may be beneficial to also have a needle file or a magnifying glass to inspect the needle.