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A list of what causes needle breakage and how you can prevent it

Jul 17, 2008
Envision this, seaming together two pieces of fabrics with your computerized sewing machine and the needle shatters. The first thought that comes to mind is that the computerized sewing machine is not in proper working order and needs to be taken back for a refund, however most times needle breakage is not caused by the machine; but by the user. To eradicate unneeded repairs, I will inform you of some popular user dilemmas and possible answers to sewing machine needle breakage.

One common user problem is improper needle insertion into the machine. Many machines today use a needle that has a flat side and a round side. When replacing your broken needle you need make sure that the new needle is inserted into your machine with the flat side to the back of the machine. You must also make sure the needle is as far into the machine as possible. Many people are unaware that the needle goes farther into the machine and accidently only put the needle in half way; thus causing the machine to be un-calibrated and break a needle.

You must also make sure that the needle clamp screw is tight and not loose. A loose needle clamp screw could cause the needle to slip out of the machine or out of position causing needle breakage.

A very common situation, which causes the breakage of needle, is flawed threading. A faultily threaded machine causes knots in the thread; a consequence of this is futile needle breakage. It is critical to check to make sure that the machine is properly threaded, as this is a problem that is easy to prevent.

It is crucial to check machine tension when threading your machine. Improper machine tension is commonly overlooked, and many times creates a situation where the sewing machine will break needles. For this reason it is vital to make sure that your tension is set neither too low nor too high.

When using an unsuitable needle with a fabric that is either too thick or too thin, it can generate a predicament with needle breakage. When sewing on thick material like denim or leather use a needle suitable for the material it will be sewing on. A needle made for sewing on thick material, will create less needle breakage and therefore less problems for you. Another thing to keep in mind is for stretchy or elastic material it is ideal to use polyester thread while a fabric or material with no elasticity should use cotton thread. The perfect combination of thread, fabric, and needle type can drastically cut down on needle breakage.

Another point to keep in mind to reduce the amount of needle breakage is that the newer machine automatically feed the fabric and does not require you to pull on the fabric. When the user pulls on fabric and the fabric is not naturally fed through the machine it creates tension and often leads to unnecessary needle breakage or bending. A bent needle often creates uneven or unsatisfactory sewing so it is important to look out for needle bending as well as needle breakage because both could potentially lead to less than perfect sewing results.

Needle breakage may become a thing of the past just by following these simple instructions, which will save you time and money caused by common and easily avoidable mistakes.
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