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to make manual threading of a needle easy buy a needle threader
it is a instrument that has a very fine piece of wire in a loop that you push through the eye of the needle , put the thread in that loop and pull the loop back out of the eye and the needle is threaded
available from most any shop that sells material , cotton , thread or sewing machine shops
cost --pack of 2 for $1.00 or there abouts
Usually you have to manually move the needle up and down until its height matches the threader height. Newer machines have an automatic needle stop that generally matches the threader but most older machines need to be manually manipulated.
HINT: If you do need to manually thread your needle, lick your index finger and then rub the back of the needle's eye. Your thread will literally "leap" through the eye! This works for hand-sewing needles too!
Always make sure you rotate flywheel to raise the needle to its highest position before trying to use the threader. additionally the correct needle has to also be used so the threader wire and needle eye line up properly.
San Diego, CA
Always make sure the hand wheel is at the exact top. Have you replaced the need recently? If it's bent, then the threader will not work. If the needle is loose or not all the way to the top in the holder, it will also cause the threader to not work.
Mine won't work on very small needle sizes so I resort to the old manual needle threader for these. Ditto for twin needles.
Otherwise its a case of pulling the auto threader down so the hook swings into the needle eye, then pulling the thread over the face of the needle and catching it into the hook, then release the threader so it pulls back through the needle eye, taking the thread with it.
The only other thing that springs to mind is "is the needle at the top position in its stich cycle so that the threader lines up with the needle eye?
Hi - first, make sure that you raise the needle to as far up as it will go. When you thread the machine, make sure you pass the thread through each number along the path - there is a hook on the threader mechanism that is really easy to miss. It is always a good idea to refer to the book when you are having a problem.
You might also try changing the needle. The threader has a teeny hook that goes in to the eye of the needle from behind, grabs the thread, and pulls it back thru the eye of the needle.
The threader can go out of alignment. If you got the machine last fall, it should still be under warranty. You can call Brother and ask where you can take the machine for repair. Or, you can go to Brother's website and look for information that might be helpful.
Needle threaders are generally finicky things. Check to make sure the needle eye is at the correct height for the threader to connect. Gently pull down the threader and wiggle the handwheel slightly to get the needle eye where it needs to be. The threader may have been been bent or slightly rotated so it doesn't connect properly. Also, if you are not aware, a needle threader will usually not work on needles smaller than 80/12 because the eyes are too small.
Admittedly, a needle threader is a very nice function to have. If you find it will not work, there are some things you can do to make manual threading easier. One hint I found that works well is to lick your finger. Swipe it across the back of the needle eye. Then begin with the thread end immediately above the needle eye and gently slide it down to the eye. The needle usually has a tiny groove above the eye that helps guide the thread. The thread tends to jump right through.