When Should You Replace Your Needle?

November 19, 2011 in Tips & Tricks

While working on an embroidery project this weekend, I, once again, became frustrated when the thread started to break frequently. Before reaching my wit’s end I checked my needle. Sure enough, that was the issue. My embroidery needle had become dull. With a quick change I was back in action, but it got me thinking: How often should you change your needle?

Amazing Designs recommends inserting a new needle at the start of every project, or after about eight hours of sewing. Also, be sure to change your needle whenever it becomes bent, dull or develops a burr.


  • Damaged or worn needles result in:
  • Broken or shredded threads
  • Skipped stitches
  • Puckered fabrics
  • Uneven threads
  • Hearing the needle hit the machine, needle plate or hook

Remember, replacing your needle is an inexpensive way to prevent potential stitching problems and lots of frustration

1 response to When Should You Replace Your Needle?

  1. Hi Kendra…can I ask…what type of bobbin thread do you use for embroidery? Do you think it makes a difference? I was using The Finishing Touch and it was awesome; well, then, I ran out and just used Coats and Clark bobbin thread and every time I use it, the bobbin thread pulls to the top a lot; it looks really crummy. do you have any thoughts? I’ve tried to mess with the tension (no success)…I really think it’s the bobbin thread! Do you have any other recommendations for bobbin thread?

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