How to Thread a Needle in a Brother Sewing Machine

Threading a needle can be tricky, especially if you’re not sure how to do it. Threading the wrong way could result in breaking your needle or sewing machine. Fortunately, there are ways to thread your needle so that it doesn’t break and is easy for beginners.

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The following blog post will cover how to thread a Brother sewing machine needle correctly.

How to Thread a Brother Sewing Machine

  1. Turn off the machine.
  2. Open the presser foot lever and remove the presser foot.
  3. Open the throat plate.
  4. You should see a small metal arm (called the needle bar shaft) that goes through the machine and moves when you operate the sewing machine pedal.
  5. Look on each side of it, facing up, for two little slots with arrows pointing in their direction. These are where you will slide the needle threader on. If you don’t see them, lift up a piece of fabric and look underneath until you find them.
  6. Take off the cap on the needle threader and hold it at an angle with your fingers pointing away from you, one on each side of the loop. Place one side into one side slot, pointy side sticking out towards you.
  7. Then, lift up the piece of fabric that’s underneath the needle bar shaft and place the other part of the needle threader on top of it. Make sure to press down firmly so it sticks to it until both holes are aligned.
  8. When they line up, keep your fingers in position, letting go of the fabric. Be sure to hold down the needle threader while you run through the part that’s sticking out towards you, not the other one. Let go of it while you’re going through and then grab on again once you come back up.
  9. Now, look at where your hands are in relation to each other. If they’re
  10. Turn the handwheel until you get to a point where there is no thread coming out or at least very little. Pull the fabric for the next stitch towards you so that it goes under the needle’s foot and through the eye of the needle.
  11. Once it comes out, hold on to both ends and put some tension on them. You will need at least 5 inches of thread coming from the bobbin case for this step.
  12. Pinch one end of the thread together with your thumb and forefinger. If there is a loop in your fingers, you can pull it off. If not, you might need to tighten in between your fingers with your other thumb or middle finger.
  13. Once you have both ends in one hand, pull the needle threader out of the hole and let go. Now, cross them over each other to make an “X”.
  14. Take the thread that’s on top at this point and push it through the loop on the other end. While you’re doing this, make sure to hold onto both ends of the thread.
  15. After both ends are inside the loop, pull the fabric towards you slowly until your fingers touch each other or until there is no slacker from either side.
  16. Pull upwards slowly while still holding onto the fabric, keeping the “X” shape as you pull so it doesn’t come undone.
  17. Repeat steps 8-15 until the desired thread length is achieved.
  18. Cut off any excess thread about a centimeter from where you have your fingers pinched on both ends, just enough to sew a new stitch.
  19. With one of the ends, pull the fabric towards you again. If it comes undone or if it starts to unravel, try pulling a little harder on each end and hold it with one hand while doing this.
  20. When you feel some tension from both sides of the thread, lift up your hand with enough slack for the new stitch and hang onto the fabric.
  21. Put the presser foot back on and lower it. Raise up the needle a little bit before you start sewing, just to make sure that you don’t end up pushing the needle into your fabric when you’re starting it.
  22. Sew about 5 stitches or more (depends on what part of your project you’re at) without any thread. This will prevent the knot from jamming up inside of the machine.
  23. Now, adjust your stitch length to whatever it is you need.
  24. Take out all thread and start sewing on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure that everything works properly.
  25. After you’ve sewn the new stitches on, gently pull on both ends of the thread until they come out of the fabric by accident. Cut both ends at about half an inch away from your fabric to make sure that they don’t unravel or come undone.
  26. Replace your bobbin case if it’s the one you were using before.
  27. Thread up your machine according to what type of stitch you’re doing and sew another few stitches, starting from the center top of the fabric to where you’ve sewn on your new thread, without any thread in case there are any problems or something goes wrong.

After that, you should be good to go.

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How to Thread a Brother Sewing Machine FAQs

Why is My Brother sewing machine not threading the needle?

The needle of your Brother sewing machine is most likely bent or the hook of the needle is not catching on your fabric. If you are using a straight stitch, make sure that you aren’t holding onto the fabric too tightly.

This will make it impossible for the needle to get through it. You can also try changing the tension on your fabric to see if that helps.

Why won’t the needle on my sewing machine move?

It’s possible that you are trying to sew too thick of fabric for the needle on your sewing machine. It might be better off if you switch it out with a smaller one.

A simple solution would be to switch out smaller needles for your thicker fabrics. If you’re changing needle sizes, make sure the change is only done when following these steps:

1) Loosen upper tension.

2) Put in a new needle

3) Turn the machine on backward (turning counterclockwise).

4) Adjust lower or higher thread settings to account for different needle sizes.

5) Do not push down the handwheel before turning the unit clockwise or the joint won’t go back together properly.

Why does my needle keep hitting the plate?

The needle will sometimes hit the plate if the plate is not high enough. If you’re working with a top-loading model, you can often use a presser foot, especially for difficult fabrics like denim and upholstery. You can also try lowering your stitch length or using a thinner needle.

Why does my thread seem to be missing stitches?

If your sewing machine is skipping stitches, it may be because the tension is not adjusted correctly. One possible solution is to adjust the tension knob on the upper right-hand corner of your sewing machine as well as changing your stitch length to make sure that it doesn’t skip stitches.

What is the correct tension for a Brother sewing machine?

Brother sewing machines typically use a Standard Tension. You can adjust the tension by turning the black screw on the right, below the needle. How tight you turn it will depend on how thick your fabric is and your personal preference.

What is the strongest sewing machine needle?

The strength of the needle depends on the fabric you are sewing. It might be okay for some and not for others.

The basic guideline is that you should use a larger needle for heavier fabrics and a smaller one for thinner ones, like wool or silk.

The proper needle could also depend on where it will be threaded through – which we’ll talk about later – because the little hooks at the end of needles have different depths as well as thicknesses, depending on what kind they are.

As an example, if you’re using heavy material with thick threads, try a size 14/90 sharp-pointed needle made by Schmetz “N” Style 5000 needle from Germany or 100 from Japan, TNK Top Quality Sewing Machine Needles.

Why did my sewing machine lock up?

Your machine could have jammed, so check to see if any tails are wrapped around the hook. Try releasing the side plates and rolling up your work. Sometimes loosening or tightening the upper tension adjuster can help too.

How do you thread a needle you can’t see?

First, you will need to pull the thread through a needle. If you have a needle with a large enough eye – sometimes called an embroidery needle – this might not be very difficult.

You can then use that larger-eyed needle to help thread your smaller-eyed one by bringing the end of your thread into the eye and winding it around so it catches securely on both sides of the small eye of your sewing machine needles.

Once this is done, carefully pull away from your sewing machine, leaving some slack so that there’s room for more thread.

When pulling, make sure to keep holding onto the knot or loop at one end of the line as tight as possible while still being gentle with all those years off delicate threads on which our fates depend.

Once your thread is secure, you can carefully place the knot on the presser foot of your sewing machine and use one hand to hold it in place while using the other to turn the wheel clockwise until the needle is close enough to be picked up with your fingers.

It’s important not to put too much pressure on your presser foot, because you could end up breaking the needle. Once this is done, it’s time to thread your machine from underneath.

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