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How to fix your needle assembly on your sewing machine

My needle assembly piece fell out while I was sewing a hem on my jeans. Not sure if I was using the wrong needle, if the machine has gotten really old or both

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Sounds a bit serious, jeans fabric is dense and thick. Many machines struggle especially sewing hem over side seam with 6+ layers. You need jeans needle size 90, 100 or 110. Maybe take in for a service as the needle assembly could be out if time too how to fix your needle assembly on your sewing mac - 10_23_2013_1_43_35_pm.png

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SOURCE: My needle broke and a piece of metal fell out of machine

Totally happened to me last week. I discovered that the metal piece that fell off and holds the needle has a small screw that holds it in place. It needs an Allen wrench (tiny one) to tighten it back into place. I just lucked into figuring it out.

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The needle holder has a screw right above the screw that holds the needle in place. It really doesn't look like a screw because it does not appear to have a slot for a screwdriver. However, with a small flat head screw driver you can tighten it up. There is also a curverd wire that must be inserted into a slot at the bottom of the holder. The screw tightens against the wire that tightens against the post. (It's a curved wire that curves around the front part).

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Sewing jeans hems


You need a couple of things. One is to flatten the seams before you try to sew them. One of the best is to spread the hems on a wooden cutting board or simiilar smooth surface and beat the hems flat with a flat faced hammer. This is an official sewing hammer: http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/tools_and_supplies/ and it will compress the fabric so it doesn't lift your presser foot up and let the tension off the top thread (which is what's causing your looping problem).

For crossing thick seams, you need a shim to keep the presser foot flat while sewing. These are usually called hump jumpers or jean-a-majigs, and are a couple of bucks. Or you can use a fold of fabric in the same way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbYenXIDaDk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKdW_vIZLBo

Alternatively, you can do the jeans hem alteration that pros will charge you more for (because it's "fashionable"), and it's also faster and easier. Often called Euro-hemming: http://www.sewmuchado.com/2011/06/tutorial-how-to-hem-jeans-and-keep-the-original-hem.html

Feb 03, 2014 | Elna Sewing Machines

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I'm trying to sew jeans hem and stitches are uneven on top and loops are showing underneath. Also the foot and needle will not sew over cross seams and thread keeps getting snarled up underneath. Tha


a lot of machines struggle with denim because it is such a heavy and dense textile. Many domestic machines won't stitch it at all due to this. Things you can try however:
  • Denim needle, this has a deeper groove at the back and is a heavy gauge needle, or use size 110 if you don't have denim needle.
  • Bash the side seams with a hammer in the area you will be stitching, to soften up the fibres.
  • Use a seam jumper, this is a piece of plastic to put in back of the presser foot as you approach a cross seam to help keep the presser foot pressure even across the fabric. Sometimes called a "thingy-a-jean" or similar.
  • Don't bother trying to use the heavy gauge yellow jean thread unless you put it through the bobbin and sew with the right side down. But even then, many machines can't handle having this heavy thread underneath and the regular 50 cotton on top, my Janome 1600 won't do it.
  • put your machine on slowest speed if you have a variable setting and turn the flywheel to assist it through the heavy side seams.
Personally, I never bother with the twice turned hem on denim if shortening, I just overlock the raw edge, turn up 1 cm and stitch around in a matching blue thread so it is seen as little as possible.

Feb 03, 2014 | Elna Sewing Machines

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My needle breaks 2 in a row


Don't pull your fabric as you seam as this is a sure fire way to break needles.

Also, make sure you have got the right foot on it for the stitch sequence it is sewing. For example, don't use a foot with a little hole in it when doing a zig zag as the needle will strike the foot. The general purpose clear plastic foot is usually a good one for most stitching.

If you are trying to sew something pretty heavy then this can cause breakages too as the machine may struggle to pierce through 6 layers of denim when you cross another seam. For example, hemming jeans, when you stitch over the side seams, your machine is trying to pierce probably 7 layers, the leg, plus the felled seam turned twice. It will struggle. You can help it by using a "Jeans-a-jig" a little plastic device you hold in front to get the foot up over the lump and give it grip. But take it really slow and sew one stitch at a time.

Jun 08, 2011 | Janome 1600P-DB Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Im trying to hem a pair of jeans when i start it jams up im using a number 16 needle ive checked everything twice ive even called the help number and they couldnt help me i just dont understand what the...


If you think its the way the material is being moved, I would check the pressure on the presser foot. On my machine, there a knob with 1,2,3 to adjust, its vertically above the foot on the top of the machine(Check you manual). Sometimes the jeans hem is just too thick on the side seam. I just skip that part, or move the needle through that part by using my hand on the wheel, so the stitsches look ok, but it should do the rest of the hem fine. Try the thinnest part of the hem first; good luck

Sep 14, 2010 | Kenmore 12912

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I am having a terrible time sewing through several layers on trim on pockets that I attach to the front of tote bags. I sell these totes and need a polished, professional look. When I bought this...


try a
Jean-a-ma-jig or Hump-jumper
trying to sew over a bump of fabric, such as a thick jean hem, try using this tool
local fabric store should carry it
It keeps your pressure foot level as you sew over the
bump
you said your needle plate has many strike marks on it,,make sure you can't feel the strike marks so the fabric won't hang on them,,because marks on a needle plate can pulled the fabric

Sep 01, 2010 | Husqvarna Designer I

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I cut off jeans and turned them up to hem. Following all the directions in the manual, I began to sew, but the thread broke after only a few stitches. My thread is all-purpose thread. I tried tips in...


I turned up my husband's jeans using a size 100 needle. You can get easy thread needles that have a small gap in one side that you slide the thread through. There is a good way to turn up jeans and keep the original hem without having to cut them. Have a look at this site http://www.daciaray.com/?p=38

Aug 25, 2010 | Brother CS6000i Computerized Sewing...

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Bottom thread is loose and loopy


I would use a denim needle, these are blue coated to slide through the fibres, usually in size 100. But the looping is more about the weight of the seam, ie thickness. Also aremyou trying to use thick yellow jeans thread on the outside and normal thread inside? This is difficult to achieve as the thick yellow thread wont go through needle, you need to use it on the bobbin and sew right side down. I have never had much success with jeans hems on my Japanese machine and usually end up using my industrial Singer to do it. You can try usinf a seam jumper Sometimes called a jeans-a-ma-jig, this helps give leaverage to the feed dogs as you approach the side seams. Also, belt the seams flat with a hammer first.

Jan 18, 2010 | Elna Heirloom Edition 6005

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Problems when sewing over heavy jean hems


Are you using the correct type of needle? have a word with your needle supplier and explain the problem. Different threads and different thickness material need different top and bottom tension adjustments.
Can I suggest sew one thickness material at a time with tension adjustments for that thickness. Then change the tensions and do a batch of thicker material.

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