A Beginner’s Guide On How To Put A Needle In Sewing Machine

July 28, 2022

Maybe you have a sewing machine but don't know how to use it. You were gifted one way back, or maybe you bought one on sale but never got around to learning how it works.

If you're looking to start sewing, you first need to understand how to put a needle in a sewing machine. It may seem daunting at first, but with routine practice and patience, you'll be able to do it like a pro. 

You can still create beautiful projects with a little bit of creativity and clear instructions. With a few basic supplies, you can transform fabric into almost anything you can dream up. But, if you’re not sure where to start, have no fear–this guide is for you! 

In this blog post, we'll walk you through the procedure step by step so you can confidently initiate your project. 

Sewing Machine Use

When using a sewing machine for the first time, many things need your attention, like buying materials or threading the needle correctly so that the result will be better than expected.

A sewing machine is a very helpful tool, and it will help you save money when repairing clothes at home. First, however, you must learn how to use your sewing machine properly to prevent any damage caused by incorrect use of your equipment. 

How to Start

  1. The needle should be at the top of the throat when you are going to thread it. It means that once you have threaded your needle, and before you start sewing, make sure it is in its proper place.
  2. Turn the hand wheel until it stops. You will find the needle in a small hole at the top of your throat plate. It should be in this position when you are going to thread it. 
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  1. Most sewing machines have a removable cover that allows you to insert/remove the needle without any trouble. Still, if yours doesn't have one, you can use a screwdriver or any other tool with a thin edge to pry open your machine's top cover.
  2. Now take out your bobbin case and put some thread on its hook or groove (depending on what type of bobbin case you're using). Then set it aside for now since we'll come back to it later once we are finished with the needlework!
  3. To put the bobbin in its place, locate the bobbin winder on your sewing machine. The bobbin winder is located near the needle, holding all the thread needed to sew.
  4. Next, hold open the small door on top of the machine (depending on your model, this may be called an "access panel" or "bobbin case") where you can see a spool of thread inside. 
  5. This spool should have some excess thread left hanging from it. This excess thread will get wound around itself as you turn what looks like a crank handle with one hand while putting in and tightening down a screw that holds it in place with another hand. 

Note: You can then use both hands again to remove this entire package and place it into your sewing machine's bobbin case before closing up everything again!

  1. Now you can start threading the needle but ensure that you do not stretch or pull too much of the thread. If you pull too hard on your thread, it will snap and make a mess in your sewing machine. If you pull too quickly, it will come out more easily and break when passing through some parts of your sewing machine. 

Note: It is recommended not to pull at all as this may cause damage to your machine or cause injury to yourself by getting hurt by sewing machine needles sticking out from nowhere!

  1. When putting a needle in your sewing machine, you have to be careful not to pinch or cut your fingers on the sharp edges of metal parts. If you have small hands and find it hard to reach the needle bar, take a large piece of cardboard and stick it under the presser foot so that it lifts slightly. 

Sewing Caution

After learning this, you may ask, "how to change a sewing machine needle safely?". First, pay close attention to the placement of your hands. Then, be sure that there is nothing around that could cause injury or damage to your eyes, mouth, and throat.

If you have any loose threads in your work area, they could get caught on something and pull out of place while trying to sew over them. In addition, it could cause injury if not caught before continuing with the sewing project.

When removing and replacing sewing machine needles, always hold them by their handles and never touch their tips with your fingers to avoid getting pricked! 

Also, make sure that when placing the new needle into position, do not push too hard as this may damage some internal parts of the machine (especially if they are plastic). Instead, use care, so it goes into position easily without any problems.

How to Replace a Sewing Machine Needle

The first thing you should know about sewing machine needles is that they're not always the same size. Their needle type is also different. You have to understand that your sewing tools may not be the same as your leather needles because their functions vary. The size needle for sewing machine is also different. 

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Another thing to note is the needle type also considers the medium it's going into. So it can be stretchy, knit, or woven fabric. It all differs. 

If your old needle doesn't go into the new bobbin, it might be because one of them has a bigger outer diameter than another (which would make sense since these are used for creating patterns). 

You can usually remedy this by comparing their shapes or lengths; just keep in mind there may still exist some variation within this general category, too, so don't assume anything! 


When you are putting a needle in your sewing machine, you have to be careful not to pinch or cut your fingers on the sharp edges of metal parts. Also, ensure that the needle is properly aligned before threading it, so it does not damage the feed dogs.

When you start sewing, there will be times when you might end up hurting yourself because of a lack of experience. So do take care as this article has given all the necessary information about how to put a needle in the sewing machine and prevent accidents.Read more of our tips and suggestions at our website to know more!

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