Have you been accidentally pierced by a sewing machine needle while inserting or removing it? Even if you haven’t yet, if you keep sewing, your day will come. It’s best to avoid this discomfort by learning how to properly insert and remove the sewing machine needle. Check it out now!
Sewing 101: How To Properly Insert And Remove A Sewing Machine Needle
Learn the right way
Proper insertion of your needle in your sewing machine is essential to guarantee the proper stitch formation and to avoid any permanent damage to your machine or your sewing project.
While inserting a sewing machine needle may seem easy, it requires you to make sure that you don’t break the needle in the process. Learning this procedure will help you work safely and efficiently with your sewing projects.
- needle insertion tool
Instructions for removing the needle:
Insert the tip of the needle into the small hole of the needle insertion tool.
Tip 1: One reason why you need to use a needle insertion tool so that you’ll not lose your needle down at the base of your machine.
Pull it up over the needle.
Take your screwdriver and start loosening the needle screw
Loosen it the rest of the way with your hand until it drops out.
Tip 2: Some sewers place a small piece of paper or an index card on the base so that if you do drop your needle, it won’t go down into the machine.
Instructions for replacing the needle
Tip 3: The flat space on the needle has to go to the back when it is inserted, it also has a rounded area
Insert your needle on the hole of your needle insertion tool.
Push it as high as it can go.
Tighten the space using your finger.
Do a quarter of a turn with your screwdriver.
Remove the tool from your needle.
Tip 4: Feel the groove in front of the needle and that means that your needle is inserted properly
After you’ve removed the needle, dispose your needles properly on the sharp’s container. You may use a prescription pill container, or a film canister as long as you dispose of your needles in a safe place.
Now that you’ve learned the proper method of sewing machine needle insertion and removal, you can be safe and confident the next time you attempt it.
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