Sewing Machine Needles: Size Matters

April 16th, 2012 at 7:06 pm . Posted in Sewing Machine Talk .

N = Needles

The first time I had to switch out needles on my sewing machine, I was really scared I would mess up. But sewing machines are made for people to use them, and by following the instructions in the manual, I found that changing the needle is actually quite easy, as is figuring out which needle size to use for which project.

It all depends on the weight of the fabric. So before I hemmed my jeans, for example, I knew I needed to use one of two needle sizes — 90/14 or 100/16 — meant to work with denim, a very thick material. The Brother CS-6000i handbook has a handy chart that shows which needle size to use with various kinds of fabric, so it’s my go-to guide.

For me, the hardest part of changing the needle was reading the teeny-tiny numbers etched in to denote the size. After a decent amount of squinting, I found the right needle and followed the six steps laid out for replacing the one already on the machine. Essentially, the process boils down to taking preliminary safety precautions, and then loosening the needle clamp to remove the first needle, inserting the second needle, and finally tightening the clamp to hold it.

So that’s why my sewing machine came with a screwdriver! Who knew?

Changing the needle may have phased me the first time, but now it’s a piece of cake. I’m very excited to be learning the ins and outs of my machine!

6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Michelle
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    I was leery about changing needles the first time I did it. Although my machine makes it really easy.

    I’m still not sure what all the different types of needles are for. I’m still learning that.

    And I was surprised that my machine had a little screwdriver, too! lol!

    Michelle 🙂

    A to Z Challenger


    • Kelly
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one a bit confused about the screwdriver 🙂


  2. Neeno
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 3:41 am

    Size matters, hehhehehe.
    I get a bit lazy with changing my needles, I have to get into the habit of consistently changing my needles for every project!


    • Kelly
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

      Your dresses seem to be turning out great regardless 😀


  3. Debbie
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    I remember years ago, when I bought my first sewing machine, I tried to shorten a pair of jeans without changing the needle 1st and it broke ;). I guess it really does pay to read the directions.


    • Kelly
      Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      Oh no! I guess the warnings have truth to them.


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