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How to Replace Sewing Machine Needles

Learn how to replace sewing machine needles from founder Cynthia Mann in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Cynthia Mann and we're here today at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Hi, I'm Melissa Lunden; I'm the resident seamstress here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog tutorials and sew samples of Birch's line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So now, we're gonna talk about how to replace sewing machine needles. You're gonna have to do it when your needle breaks, or when you're done with a project. It's a good idea to replace them pretty regularly. A sharp needle sews better. So, on this machine, you have the little needle crank, and a supplied screwdriver. So you unscrew your needle, and it will just drop down like this. And then you'll take your new, sharp needle, and you'll notice that your needle is flat on one side, and round on the other. And that will be the guide to make sure that it's in properly. Which you will put up into the machine, and you'll rotate the needle until it fits in flat side on one side, and then you can just finger tighten the screw, and then finish it up with the screwdriver. And then you'll rethread your machine, and you're good to go.

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