How to Replace a Needle in a Brother Sewing Machine

How to Replace a Needle in a Brother Sewing Machine

It happens to every avid sewer sooner or later. The needle on your sewing machine has become dull or broken. Or maybe you have to switch out a needle with a special-purpose needle for thicker fabrics. Replacing your needle is a fairly easy task.

Since all sewing machines are different I strongly recommend checking your owner’s manual before changing your needle. If you misplaced your manual you can find almost any owner’s manual by Google the make and model of your machine. For this guide I’ll be replacing the needle on my Brother XL2600I machine.

Check your new needle before you start. Make sure your new needle is straight and sharp. Never sew with a bent needle. A bent needle can break and cause injury. Inspect the needle by laying it on a flat surface. Check the needle from the top and the sides. If the needle isn’t straight toss it and grab another one.

Turn off the machine and unplug the power supply from the outlet.

Turn the handwheel on the side of the machine toward you to raise the needle to the highest position. If your handwheel has a mark it should be pointing directly up.

Now lower the presser foot lever.

Hold the needle with your left hand and use a screwdriver to turn the needle clamp screw counterclockwise. This is where that common saying “lefty-loosey, righty-tighty” comes in handy. Do not use excessive force when loosening or tightening the needle clamp screw. Excessive force can damage your machine.

With the needle clamp screw loosened the needle should easily slip out.

Insert the new needle with the flat side toward the back of the machine. Insert the needle until it touches the stopper.

With your right hand use the screwdriver to tighten the needle clamp screw.

That’s it! Test the machine to make sure it’s working properly. If the needle is loose repeat the steps above to correct it.

If you have any questions feel free to email me.