All multi-needle embroidery machines require you to change the needle at some point during ownership. Believe it or not I have been asked this question more than once! Some owners have NEVER changed a needle. I do not know how they have been stitching quality embroidered items without ever changing a needle.
I suggest you read the manual that is included with you machine when purchased. Follow the directions for your brand of embroidery machine and purchase the recommended needles. The tool supplied by my brand of machine is a small Allen screw driver. The screw driver fits into a hole at the top of the needle shaft. One of my cherished tools is a pair of beading tweezers. The tweezers are used to hold small beads, chain links or clasps; I have found them to be extremely helpful to hold the needle in place until I have the screw driver inserted. Always double check that the needle is secure and pushed as far up into the shaft as possible.
Step 3. Always make sure the embroidery machine is turned off before changing a needle. Locate the hole above the needle to be changed and insert the Allen screw driver into the hole. Turn the screw driver counter clockwise, hold the needle with the tweezers and gently remove from shaft.
Step 4. Insert new needle into the needle shaft with flat portion facing back of machine, hold in place with tweezers and push all the way to the top of needle stopper.Use the Allen screw driver to tighten the screw; do not over tighten.
*I should point out that Baby Lock/Brother multi-needle machines have a specific tool called the Needle Changing Tool for this function; however I have found that using the plastic tip tweezers works better for me.
If you are having multiple thread breaks and uneven looking stitches change your needle. And always double check your owner’s manual for exact needle suggestions and instructions.
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