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Why Did My Sewing Machine Needle Bend? (2023)

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If you’re reading this article, chances are you won’t find out why your sewing machine’s needle keeps bending. Having had this problem before, I know how frustrated you must feel as broken needles keep slowing you down. There are several reasons your sewing needle keeps bending and I’ll mention them and how to avoid repeat performance.

Why is my sewing needle bent?

The sewing machine may bend if we incorrectly threaded the sewing machine you are working with. If they do not attach your thread to the spool pin, it can throw the tension away. If we turn the thread tension off, your machine needle can bend or even break. Your needle may also bend if you use the wrong type for the fabric you are sewing or if the needle .

The good news is you have to bend often / Breaking your sewing needle doesn’t mean your machine . Depending on the problem affecting your sewing needle, you may need to take a few precautions to make sure they don’t bend or break every time.

Why Is My Sewing Machine Needle Bending?

If you frequently have to bend or break sewing machine needles, it may be because of one or more of the following problems:

  • Using the wrong needle: You to use your sewing needle for every project you are working on. There are several types of fabrics that require special needles made to handle the fabric. For example, if you have a ballpoint pen needle, you can’t possibly expect it to sew denim fabrics with no problems. Heavy fabrics require stronger needles to handle that kind of work. Needle sizes also matter. If you are sewing duck or canvas, you will need needles that are at least 100/16. A smaller needle will bend or break in a short time.
  • When lint builds up in bobbin: Another problem that may cause your stitching to be bent, is the build-up of lint in the bobbin of your machine. If you use your machine without removing the bobbin case from time to time for a good clean, lint will build up in it. Too much fluff can cause your sewing needle to get caught in it. This could cause the needle to bend or break. To avoid this problem, always clean your bobbin case to remove lint. If you use your sewing machine regularly, clean your machine at least once a week.
  • If the needle is not in position: If your needle breaks often, check that it is presser foot or soleplate. To do this, lower your needle with the handwheel. If you are sure that your needle is not in place, you can manually adjust the position by adjusting the width setting to make sure it does not hit the presser foot or soleplate. Once the needle is in the correct position, your sewing needle should work properly.
  • Incorrect threading of your sewing machine: If the thread does not run properly through the thread guide and properly, it may tighten as you sew. It gets worse when it pulls on the eye of the needle, causing it to bend or break. Sewing machines that are threaded incorrectly caused most cases of frequently bending sewing needles. It is therefore important that you follow a carefully described process for threading your sewing machine so that you don’t have to keep replacing your broken needles.
  • Not A small screw holds insert the needle correctly: While sewing the needle in place. If we incorrectly installed the needle (all the way down) it may bend when you sew because it goes too deep into the bobbin case. Make sure to always tighten the needle screw to prevent the needle from falling off. As long as it braced your needle in place, you shouldn’t have this problem.
  • About sewing pins: A strange error cannot out when sewing. One might be that you forget to remove pins from your project before sewing. Hitting this pin while sewing could cause your needle to bend or break. To overcome this problem, always remove the pins from your sewing project.
  • Using a bent or damaged needle: Like most products, sewing machine needles are susceptible to factory damage or manufacturing errors. If you use a bent or damaged needle, it may break during sewing. Always make sure and use only healthy needles. Also change your needles regularly as they can become bent and damaged with prolonged use.
  • If the thread to the spool pin: It is important when threading your machine to secure the stopper to your spool pin after inserting your thread. However, there must be enough space for the wire to spin freely. This is because a tight spool pin can throw off the tension, which would cause a broken needle, as the thread cannot easily pass through the eye of the needle.
  • Your Wire wrapping around a wire guide: If your wire wraps around a wire more than once wound, the resulting resistance could cause your needle to break. As you sew, the extra pressure would pull the needle out of position and hit the bobbin case, hook or throat plate. This fairly common problem can by making sure your wire .
  • About sewing zippers: Uw The needle may or broken because you have crossed the zipper teeth sewed. Both metal and plastic teeth on the zipper can damage your needle. To prevent your needle from bending or breaking, gently guide your stitches over and around the teeth of the zipper by turning the fabric slowly with your hand.
  • Sewing decorative or zigzag stitches with a straight stitch plate: This is a fairly common mistake, so don’t if you are trying to select a decorative or zigzag stitch while still using the straight stitch needle plate. Just replace the bent or broken needle and don’t forget to remove the straight stitch needle plate the next time you want to sew a more decorative stitch.

While the problems listed above are easily solved, if your needle continues to bend after you are sure you are not committing any of the listed mistakes, you may need to consider taking the help of call in a professional. This may not be in line with your plans, but it is the best plan for your machine to avoid further damage. The good news is that the problem may be so minor that your warranty covered it. Either way, it’s better to be careful.

What to do if your needle breaks

If your needle breaks for any reason, you can best cover the hole with a piece of cloth. This ensures that when the needle screw , it does not fall into the flushing compartment.

Finally, look for and discard the broken pieces of your needle. Most of the time they are on the fabric, but there are some rare cases they end up in the bobbin case. If they get there and you keep sewing over them, your sewing machine can get completely confused.

How often should I change my needle?

It that you replace your needle after ten hours of sewing as the needle may be weak and break or bend easily.

Best needle type to use in the sewing machine?

Several factors come into play when choosing a needle for your sewing machine: the size of the needle (this should on the weight of your favorite fabric), wire you use the fabric you are working with, the type of stitch you want to make. It is best to use a needle that meets all the above. However, regular needle selection depends a lot on the needle system your machine uses.

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.