If you’re a sewing enthusiast and have been struggling with needle breaks on your Singer sewing machine, your needle has likely become bent or damaged. Luckily, replacing the needle on a Singer machine is relatively easy. This article will show you how to change needle on Singer sewing machine.
It’s quite common for sewing machines to break, and many people know how to do it through trial and error. However, it’s also understandable if you don’t know how to do it and find yourself in need of help. This post will teach you how to change a needle on a singer sewing machine and what to need to change the needle on the singer sewing machine.
Let’s start with the things you need.
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What you will need to change the needle on the singer sewing machine:
- A Singer sewing machine with a working needle.
- A small flat-bladed screwdriver.
- Needle nose pliers or another type of needle hold tool.
- Replacement needles (compatible with your sewing machine).
How to change a needle on a Singer sewing machine?
- Begin by opening your sewing machine’s arms cover and removing the presser foot. In some Singer models, you may also need to remove the needle plate first. Make sure not to lose the small screws or springs as required in further steps.
Note: Some Singer models don’t have a needle plate. In this case, you would remove the presser foot before taking out the old needle.
- Next, remove the Schneider or cap screw on your Singer machine (depending on which type of machine you have). The screw may be located on the side of your machine, hidden behind the needle plate cover.
- Once you have removed your cap screw, use a small flat-bladed screwdriver to loosen and remove the screw-holder from the inside of the sewing machine. Once it’s out, you can pull the threading of your needle to disconnect it from the machine.
- If you have a Singer sewing machine that uses a drive screw, you will need to remove the drive screw and unscrew the needle instead of using a cap screw. A drive screw is similar to a cap screw; however, there is no cap covering the end of the drive screw. This screw is located inside your machine and will be roughly L-shaped to accommodate the threading.
Important: Before replacing your needle, check for damage to the current one (bent or broken). If you see damage or deformity, be sure to replace the needle instead of attempting to straighten or reuse it.
- Once you’ve removed the old needle, insert the new one by lining up the groves and gently pushing it until you hear a click. The click will indicate that your needle is properly seated within your machine.
- Replace the cap-screw or drive screw and close the sewing machine arm socket. Depending on which model you have, you should also replace your needle plate assembly or presser foot.
- Now that your needle is replaced, test your machine to see if it is working properly.
Selecting the right needle for your sewing machine:
Although Singer sewing machine needles come in multiple sizes, they are not labeled. The only way to determine the size is by measuring the length. The shorter the needle, the smaller the size. Some needles are alphabetized and may seem out of order compared to international standards; however, they work with most machines. There are still a few Singer models that work with metric-sized needles.
To select the right needle for your machine, take your current needle out and measure it. Use this measurement to match the size with a new needle.
If you’re unsure what size to go with, I recommend using a needle for lightweight fabrics in 11/80 size. For medium-weight fabrics, use 14/90 size. And for medium to heavier weight fabrics, use 16/100 size until you know what’s right for your machine.
Note: The needle size can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. Check your specific model.
This was an easy article on how to change a needle on a singer’s sewing machine. The main thing to remember is that measuring the length of your old needle is required to ensure you’re purchasing the right size. It is also wise to buy new needle holders and belts and your new needle.
I hope you guys find this article useful.