How To Replace A Brother Sewing Machine Needle


Replacing the needle on a Brother sewing machine is a fairly simple process that requires only a few tools and a few moments of time. Whether you’re an experienced seamstress or just beginning to explore the possibilities of sewing, being familiar with the process of replacing a needle is essential. Replacing and caring for your machine’s needle will ensure optimal performance while avoiding premature wear and tear, resulting in a more efficient and enjoyable experience. In this article, we’ll walk through the steps of replacing a needle, what you need to know about selecting the best needle for your specific project, and the importance of proper maintenance for the lifetime of the needle.

Avoid Premature Wear & Tear

One of the biggest questions when it comes to replacing a Brother sewing machine needle is how often it needs to be replaced. It’s important to note that it’s easier and more economical to replace a needle regularly than to wait until it breaks or wears out. While using the same needle on multiple projects is possible and can be economical, it’s best to switch out your sewing machine needle whenever starting a new project. This helps avoid any issues with skipped stitches, tension pressure inconsistencies, misalignments, and other issues that can arise from a needle that has become worn out.

Choosing the Right Needle

When it comes to selecting a sewing machine needle, it’s important to choose the right one that best suits the specific project and fabric material being used. Fortunately, when it comes to needles for Brother machines, there are a wide range of sizes, materials, and styles to choose from. The correct needle for the project should always be included with the sewing machine manual. Different kinds of fabrics will require different strength needles- for example, wood needles are used for heavier fabrics like denim, while micro titanium needles are used for finer and more delicate fabrics like silk. It’s important to read the machine manual carefully before purchasing a new needle to ensure you buy the right type.

Replacing the Needle

Once you have the right needle for the job, it’s time to replace it. The process varies slightly depending on the model of Brother sewing machine. Generally, it should start with pressing the presser foot release lever. This will release the pressure from the machine and make it easier to remove the needle. Place a cloth under the needle to prevent it from falling to the floor. Using the needle clamp screwdriver, loosen the needle clamp screw located next to the needle and remove the needle from its holder. Insert the new needle into the needle holder and make sure it’s secure by aligning the flat side of the needle with the flat side of the needle holder. Tighten the needle clamp screw and press the presser foot lever to lock the needle in place. Finally, make sure the needle is set to its highest position.

Proper Needle Maintenance

It’s also important to make sure that proper maintenance is taken care of to ensure the longevity of the needle. Before and after each use, it’s important to check the needle for any signs of wear and tear, such as nicks or burrs. If there are any, the needle should be replaced right away. Additionally, needles should be kept in a safe and secure place to avoid any unintentional damage. When storing the needle, they should be placed in containers that are labeled according to the needle type and size, so it’s easy to find the correct needle for the project.

Regular Cleanings

Finally, it’s important to make sure the machine is regularly cleaned and maintained as per the manual instructions. Regular cleanings and oiling will help prevent dust and dirt from collecting on or in the machine, potentially causing damage or misalignment to the needle. Additionally, with regular maintenance and cleanings, it’s easier to identify any potential issues that may require more in-depth diagnosis, making the entire process an enjoyable and successful experience.


Replacing a needle on a Brother sewing machine is not only a necessary but also an enjoyable process. With the right knowledge and proper maintenance, any seamstress can ensure a successful and stress-free sewing experience with every project.

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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