The most common cause
of a sewing machine breaking needles is
pulling on the fabric as the machine is sewing.
Never pull on the fabric. Let the sewing machine
feed the fabric for you.
If your sewing machine is out of time it
will break needles. You can check this by following the
steps listed below.
- Place a new needle in the sewing
machine, but do not thread it.
- Tilt the machine back and remove the
outer race of the shuttle (the part that holds the shuttle
in the machine).
- With the shuttle in the machine,
slowly turn the hand wheel in operating direction until the
needle is at its lowest point.
- Continue to turn the hand wheel
until the needle has risen approx. 1/8". At this
point the tip of the shuttle should be behind the needle,
entering the scarf of the needle just above the eye of the
If your sewing machine is out of time,
take it to the repair shop to have it repaired. Timing
procedures vary from model to model and is beyond the scope of