How to Fix a Bent Sewing Machine Needle

Complicated as a situation… But if you want to try I would advise you first of all to drive out the needle on your movement + dial. A needle is easier to straighten when it is driven out because its hold is important. 

Then I advise you to use needle tweezers to try to straighten it. Ideally, the tweezers should be polished because the risk of scratching the needle will be reduced. Otherwise, a simple transparent tape on the flats of the tweezers can do the trick.

Once the needle is in place, make sure to protect the dial because bad handling can ruin everything.

To straighten the needle, you must pinch it along its length (parallel) and twist it slightly upwards and regularly check whether the needle has straightened or not.  

In the case of your needle, it looks like it bends only from the “tip” so you would have to exert the twist on the base of that if.


The risk of damaging the super-nova is indeed there. it is enough that the circle that contains the supernova twists so that the s.nova breaks… 

In your place I will wait for an answer from your supplier before trying anything, it is unfortunately so quickly ruined I have the s.nova 

Obviously, this method only engages me and maybe someone else.

Why does a needle break in a sewing machine?

Why does a needle break in a sewing machine? There can be several reasons for one of the most frequent breakdowns during sewing. Most often, it’s about:

  • incorrect installation of the needle;
  • wrong choice of a needle.

However, there may be more serious reasons. Let’s look at possible options for problems and ways to solve them.

Broken needles on a sewing machine

Reason #1: Wrong choice of needle

As with most machinery, sewing machines are not one-size-fits-all. In fact, they can be quite the opposite: A needle can fit into a specific size of equipment like a key into its lock. If you insert a needle into a machine that is too big or small for it, it will break.

The mismatch between the size (thickness) of the needle and the density of the fabric that is selected for sewing can lead to needle breakage. A thin needle for silk or knitwear will not withstand working with tarpaulin or leather. On the other hand, using a thick needle on delicate material will also shorten its life expectancy.

You should also remember that needles aren’t created equal, even if they look similar. Industrial equipment needles have different bulb shapes and special markings that indicate their use, while household machine needles are designed to be versatile tools that can tackle various materials from different brands. Improperly installed needles in industrial machines may result in damage to the equipment’s parts. You should always consult your owner’s manual for your specific equipment’s needs and limitations.

Solution. Always select a needle according to the type and weight of the fabric!

Reason #2: Incorrect needle placement

Failure to put the needle bar all the way into the needle can cause the needle to bend and break. To avoid this, first make sure that the needle is not bent before installation. Next, push the needle bar all the way into the needle. If it does not go in, tap it slightly until it is secure. The correct length of a new needle is approximately 2cm from the eye of the needle.

NOTE: Never turn a needle in either direction after installation. A twisted rod will cause poor stitching and may lead to a broken needle at any time.

Solution. Before work, make sure the quality of the needle and its correct installation.

Reason #3: sewing machine problems

Sometimes, with a machine that was used for a long time and then suddenly stopped working, it is the needle bar that is to blame. If it is not securely fixed at the attachment point, in some difficult areas with differences in the thickness of the material, the foot may move to the side and fall under the needle, causing it to break.

Other problems can be due to the thread tension device. If there are no marks on the thread where it passes through, or if it is not possible to adjust it properly, the thread may break.

Solution. Check the location of the foot. Be sure to tighten all screws with a screwdriver. If you buy a non-original foot, be sure to check with the seller for possible compatibility with your sewing machine.

Reason #4: bugs with threads

When sewing, the upper thread is the one that is being pulled out of the needle and pushed through the fabric. This thread should always be threaded according to the instructions given by manufacturers of each specific type of thread, because each type has different characteristics. The tension should also be controlled, since too much tension, especially when sewing with reinforced threads, can break the needle.

Solution. Check the threading of the upper thread and its tension. On average, when the foot is lowered, the thread pulled out of the needle should be pulled out with a little effort by hand.

Reason #4: Wrong Sewing Technique

When sewing delicate fabrics, the seamstress should be particularly careful when grabbing the fabric to pull it under the presser foot. Because of its limited ability to grab the fabric, the machine may grab only a small portion of it, or not grab any at all. To avoid this, always grasp the fabric firmly with both hands and guide it slowly under the presser foot. The machine’s bobbin is also delicate and should be handled with care. The needle can easily be bent or even broken if handled this way.

Solution. If the fabric is difficult to move under the presser foot, adjust the presser foot pressure or the height of the feed dog teeth (if applicable).

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