Why do I keep breaking sewing machine needles?

What is the most common cause of needle thread breaks?

Thread Wraps Itself Around a Thread Guide More Than Once

When a threading error has occurred it can easily lead to a sewing machine needle breaking. The extra resistance can pull the needle out of position which usually leads to the needle hitting the throat plate, hook, or bobbin case.

What is the remedy for needle breaking?

Needle Thread Breakage

Cause Remedy
Broken check spring. Replace and adjust.
Sharp edges on throat plate, hook point, needle guard, bobbin case, needle groove or eye. Polish rough edges and replace if necessary. Replace the needle being used with a higher quality needle.

Why is the tension wrong on my sewing machine?

Needles, threads, and fabrics: Different thread sizes and types on top and in the bobbin can throw off basic tension settings. A needle that’s too large or small for the thread can also unbalance your stitches, because the size of the hole adds to or reduces the total top tension.

How often should you clean and lubricate a sewing machine?

The rule of thumb is to lubricate the machine after every three to four bobbin changes. Or clean and lubricate the hook area after each day of sewing.

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How do you know if your sewing machine needs oil?

Many newer sewing machines come prelubricated and do not need additional oil. However, it’s usually OK to add a drop or two in the bobbin case if you feel like your sewing machine needs it. The more often you use your sewing machine, the more often it needs oil. Every four months is a good rule of thumb.

What is the first thing to do before cleaning and lubricating the machine?

All dust should be removed from the exposed parts at least once every week, and the important parts of the machine should be oiled. Use good quality sewing machine oil. Always remove lint deposits, dust and thread bits before oiling any part of the machine.