Frequent question: Why do I keep breaking embroidery needles?

What is the cause of broken needles?

Over time, your sewing machine needle can get damaged or bent, especially if you are sewing through thick fabric. If your needle gets too bent, it can hit your feed dogs, throat plate, or bobbin case, and break. To avoid bending your needle, try to slow down while you’re sewing or use a sharper needle.

How can we prevent needle from breaking?

Avoid Sewing Over Pins

Place them in your fabric perpendicular to the seam so they are easy to pull out just before they go under the presser foot. Be sure to also keep the heads of pins away from the stitching line so that your needle doesn’t break if you accidentally forget to remove a pin.

How long do embroidery needles last?

Common amounts vary from six hours to 10 hours of use. Some embroidery machines make it fairly easy to track time by monitoring hours of usage. Of course you could keep track in a notebook, but who wants to do that?

Why does my double needle keep breaking?

Thread the machine properly.

If not, then you will break needles and that can be frustrating and costly. Those twin needles are not cheap. You need to keep the top threads separated through the tension disk. The treads need to be unwinding in opposite directions–one spool clockwise and the other counterclockwise.

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Why does my upper thread break?

The thread tension is too tight

When the tension is set too high, the thread is stretched greatly from the spool to the needle, causing great tension in the thread and thus the upper thread breaks during sewing. You can reduce the thread tension to see if it improves. A lower number indicates a lower level of tension.

How often should an embroidery needle be changed?

Amazing Designs recommends inserting a new needle at the start of every project, or after about eight hours of sewing. Also, be sure to change your needle whenever it becomes bent, dull or develops a burr. Damaged or worn needles result in: Broken or shredded threads.

Is there a difference between sewing needles and embroidery needles?

Embroidery needles have sharp tips and larger eyes than regular sewing needles, so the eye can accommodate embroidery threads. The sharp tips help the needle penetrate tightly woven embroidery fabrics, as well as felt. They are also sometimes referred to as crewel needles as they are used for crewel embroidery.

How do I know if my timing is off on my sewing machine?

If your hook tip is passing through or below the needle eye, then the timing of the sewing machine is off. On the other hand, if the hook tip is passing above the needle eye, but extends past the needle more than a couple of millimeters when the needle eye meets the radius of the hook, then the timing is also off.