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Needles breaking Every time I start sewing the needle breaks after a few stitches.

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  • ashley4jimmy Mar 14, 2009

    My needles break and the needle thread keeps breaking when I am sewing.

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You should clean the bobbin holder case with a qtip with a bit of oil there may be a tiny peice of needle in it. maybe the needle is not right for the fabric may need to be for stretchy one or Jean one. may need oiling.becareful not to get a piece of the needle in your eye and watch where the pieces go and get all them up. tension may be a problem but note the setting first before adjusting them.

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