How To Change the Needle On a Brother Sewing Machine – Do It in 5 Steps

How To Change the Needle On a Brother Sewing Machine

Hello, dear readers! Are you wondering how to change the needle on a brother sewing machine in 1 min? If yes, you must get in touch with me by the end. Because I also have to change the needle quite often, in most cases, I do it after every 8 hours for better results.

A needle is the most crucial part of a sewing machine, and if it is bent or broken, then your sewing machine is of no use. So whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or seasoned sewer, you must check it frequently.

You need not worry, I have been using and enjoying Brother sewing machines for several years, and I know how to change the needle more efficiently than anyone else.

How To Change the Needle On a Brother Sewing at home within a seconds

how to change the needle on a brother sewing machine

Step 1: Gather the tools

You will only need a few simple tools to complete this process because it is a relatively no-brainer and does not need too much time.

These are the tools

  • A new needle (this is compatible with a Brother Sewing Machine)
  • Gloves (optional but for safety, a must)
  • Plastic or fabric for covering the machine hole.
  • Flathead screwdriver.
  • Insertion instrument ( Clearance Plate).

Do you know

Have you got that? Now let’s get to the meat of this article.

Disclaimer: Please take care of your safety. If any injury occurs due to needle changes, we are not responsible. Wear gloves for your protection. This article aims to provide you with the information.

Step 2: Unplug A Sewing Machine

First, you should switch off your sewing machine to ensure that no one starts it accidentally; otherwise, an injury may occur. You can do it simply by pressing the ON/OFF button or removing the electric plug.

Step 3: Unthread Your Sewing Machine

After collecting all the tools and unplugging your Brother Sewing Machine, the next and most crucial step is to unthread your sewing machine. Remove all types of threads from both the needle and spool pin.

Step 4: Cover the needle plate

This is also a must-follow step. You can cover the needle plate simply with plastic or any fabric. Most sewists forget to do it. But it would be best if you did, as it saves needles from falling into the interior of a sewing machine.

Step 5: Unscrew the Needle Clamp Screw

Now comes the practical step of removing the needle from a Brother Sewing Machine. Take a flatbed screwdriver and start losing the needle clamp screw to take out the needle from the needle holder. Opening the needle screwdriver depends upon the model of the Brother sewing machine you have. But make sure to apply gentle pressure on it anticlockwise without causing further damage.

Well done! You have changed the needle, but you need to wait. Because now, it is time to insert a new needle so that you can operate your sewing machine.

Insert Needle on A Brother Sewing Machine

Once you have removed the old or broken needle from your sewing machine, you will need to replace it with a new needle.

There are many ways to accomplish this task, but I will explain two of the most essential and straightforward methods that will be sufficient for most sewers.

1. Using a Clearance Plate

Nowadays, plenty of sewing machine owners use clearance plates to insert needles. It is the modern and better way with great precision. Place the needle firmly on the plate. Now, Insert the top of the needle into the clamp with the needle facing the right direction. Push the needle all the way up in the clamp. Tighten the needle clamp and screw clockwise with your hand or screwdriver with care.

2. Finger insertion of the needle

If you don’t have a clearance plate, then don’t worry. You can insert a needle with your fingers as well. It is the most traditional method that people used to follow and are still following. Angle the needle up and into the screw clamp with your fingers. To prevent damage, tighten the screw back clockwise using your fingers to prevent it from coming out of its place.

That’s it!

You can begin sewing again after removing and inserting a new needle into your Brother sewing machine.

Why Should You Change the needle on the Brother sewing machine?

A needle is the number 1 important component of a sewing machine, and you must know the parts and types of needles to know which type best suits your device. Without a needle, you may not be able to sew clothes, patches on jeans, faux fur, leather holster or any other thing; in short, you can not operate a sewing machine without a needle.

But the needle’s lifespan is only about 6-10 hours, depending on the thickness of the fabric and the frequency of usage. However, you should change your needle frequently after every 8 hours; this is the best time for changing it.


Tips For Changing Needle On Brother Sewing Machine

  1. Make sure to have all the tools before changing the needle.
  2. You should have a needle that is compatible with your Brother Sewing Machine.
  3. You should frequently change the needle for the safe size after every 8 hours.
  4. Don’t leave a broken needle on your Sewing Machine because if you sew with it then skipped stitches or sewing machine jamming issues may occur.

When Should I Change the Needle on My Brother Sewing Machine?

Many Brother Sewing Machine owners always ask how often they should replace their needles.

So ask yourself these questions; if these are your problems, consider changing them. Ok.

  1. Does your sewing machine make skipped stitches quite often?
  2. Is the needle on your Sewing Machine bent or broken?
  3. Can’t your existing needle sew different fabrics? (For example, if you want to sew leather, but your needle is for regular sewing, then, in this case, you need to change it too).
  4. Has the Point of your needle become rounded?
  5. Does the Eye of the needle continuously break the needle because it is sharper?

If these are the scenarios, then you should change the needle.


After explaining how to change the needle on a Brother Sewing machine and insert a new one, we have now come to the end of this guide. I hope you have read each Point carefully for better understanding. Changing the needle will only take 1 to 2 minutes without assisting any technician.

Only read this guide from the beginning till the end.

Thank you for reading to the end. This is all from my side.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What size needle does a Brother sewing machine need?

Most Brother sewing machines require a needle size of 90/14 to 100/16. 

Q2. Which types of needles are compatible with Brother sewing machines?

Brother Sewing Machines work best with Universal, Quilting, Micro tex, & Embroidery needles.

Q3. How to know the needle is bent?

Ans: There is no need to use bent needles, but many people do not know how to detect them. You must place the needle on a flat surface; if the distance between the needle and the flat surface is not even, you must replace the needle.

Q4. How do you change the needle on a brother lx3817a?

Ans: To change the needle, you should follow these steps carefully.
1.     Unplug the sewing machine.
2.     Unthread it completely.
3.     Unscrew the needle screw clamp anticlockwise.
4.     Take out the needle.
5.     Insert back the needle.
6.     Tighten the screw clamp again clockwise.
7.     You are done.

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