Why Does My Thread Keep Coming Out Of The Needle

A common problem that many sewers encounter is when their thread keeps coming out of the needle. Constant rethreading of your sewing machine wastes time and leaves you frustrated. It hinders any significant progress towards the completion of your project. There are many reasons why your thread keeps coming out of the needle. Some of these you can easily and quickly solve. Others may need more time to solve.

Your thread keeps coming out of your needle mainly due to a poor threading technique. Thread your sewing machine properly to bring an end to this problem. Make sure to follow all the guides on the sewing machine to thread it properly.

Why Does My Thread Keep Coming Out Of The Needle?

1. Poorly Threading Of Your Top Thread On The Sewing Machine

Threading your sewing machine is a simple process. However, even experienced users of the sewing machine may make a mistake while threading their sewing machine. Depending on your sewing machine and your experience, you may find that you can’t thread your sewing machine without an error.

To thread your top thread successfully, first, rise the lever that raises the thread to the highest position. Place your spool of thread here and pull out a piece of thread and pass it through the tension discs and proceed to the bottom of the ocean.

Follow the threading instructions in the form of symbols and drawings. This will ensure that you thread your sewing machine without an error. Proper threading ensures proper tension which holds the thread on the needle and allows the needle to sew properly.

2. Poor Needle Handling

Your needle is also another cause for your thread not holding on until you have finished sewing. Check the needle to ensure that it is properly fitted into its position. If it is not, this is likely the reason for your thread keeping on coming out of the needle.

Switch off your sewing machine and raise the sewing needle holder. Hold it firmly and pull it out. Pick a new needle and push it up until you hear it click in place. Bring it back in place when it is ready for use.

Also, make sure that when you start sewing, your sewing needle is raised to the highest it can go. Use the button to lift the needle and make sure it’s at its highest. Most computerized sewing machines finish sewing with needles in fabric. With a mechanical sewing machine, turn the handwheel towards you to lift the needle.

When you start sewing with the needle low, your thread will likely come out of the needle. Also, raising your needle before you start sewing helps to keep your sewing machine working properly.

When your needle is bent, broken, or blunt, you may find that your thread keeps coming out. Always use a new needle for every new project you start. If you don’t change your needle, make sure that it is sharp enough to sew through the fabric you will be working on.

3. Your Thread May Be Knotted

When your thread keeps coming out of the needle, check your thread. First, check for knots and tangles on the thread. If they are present, they will hinder the smooth movement of your sewing machine and needle. Causing the thread to come out of the needle. Your only solution here is to change the thread.

Secondly, check if your thread is tangled in the bobbin case. This causes stitches to jump and bungle up. Remove your bobbin and rethread it with a new thread. This removes the tangling and ensures that you will have a smooth sewing session.

Also, make sure that the thread you are using is suitable for the needle and fabric you are working on. If the thread is not suitable for the fabric, it may keep on coming out of the needle. Change the thread, and also the needle to ensure that you use the right ones.

Wrong threads may cause your needle to hit the needle plate and break the needle and disrupt your sewing machines’ timing mechanism thus causing you unwarranted delays as you repair it.

 4. Presser Foot May Need Changing

Another cause for your thread not staying in place on your sewing needle is the presser foot. Check your presser foot for holes. Holes on the presser foot can be caused by its age or when the needle hits it as sewing progresses. If there are holes in your presser foot, change the presser foot and use a new one.

If you are embroidering and the thread keeps coming out, also check the embroidery foot. If you find that the embroidery foot has scratches and burrs on it, this is likely the cause of the problem. Change the embroidery foot and use a new one in proper condition.

5. Wrong Bobbin For Your Sewing Machine

Every sewing machine has a specific bobbin that it can use. There are plastic and metal bobbins. They may be the same size and dimensions but are not interchangeable. Using the wrong bobbin on a sewing machine can cause threads to keep coming out of the needle while sewing.

Always make sure that you are using the right bobbin for your sewing machine. You can confirm the right bobbin for your sewing machine by reading through the user manual. This will give you the right bobbin to use according to the manufacturers.

It is also important to check that the bobbin area is clean. If your sewing machine has not had its regular servicing the bobbin area may be dirty and clogged. This can also cause your stitches to miss and your thread to come out of the needle.

Clean the bobbin area and use the right bobbin for a pleasant sewing experience. Bobbins are an essential part of the sewing machine. You will find it hard to sew when things are not right in the bobbin area.

 6. Too High Or Too Low Thread Tension

The right tension on your thread is required to make sewing easy. Without the right tension, your thread is likely to come out of the needle. You can easily adjust thread tension with a dial on your sewing machine.

When your thread comes out of the needle while sewing, check the top thread tension. Threads come out of the needle when the top thread tension is too high. This means that the sewing machine holds the sewing thread too tightly. This then causes the sewing machine to miss stitches as the bobbin thread is not as tightly wound as the top thread.

Thread tension also affects the fabric you are sewing. Different fabrics require different thread tensions. For some fabrics, tighter thread tension is the best. This is because the fabric is best sewn with small tight stitches.

Look for the tension dial on the top part of the sewing machine. Adjust the tension and ensure that you get it to normal and easy-to-use tension. This will ensure that your thread stays in place and connects well with the bobbin thread and the fabric you are working on.

How To Get The Ideal Sewing Machine Tension?

One of the most common challenges for users of sewing machines is thread tension. Thread tension refers to the amount of sewing thread that can pass through the sewing machine to make a stitch. The more the thread, the lower the tension. The smaller the thread, the tighter the tension.

The bobbin thread tension is automatically set. The top thread tension is often the one that can be adjusted manually. To make it easy to set the correct thread tension, make sure to thread your sewing machine properly.

During the threading process, the thread should pass through tension discs. Make sure that this happens. Before you start sewing, make sure that your presser foot is lowered. When the presser foot is raised, the tension discs are open. This makes it hard to regulate the tension on the thread as you sew.

If you find that the tension on the upper thread is too tight, adjust it on the dial by choosing a lower tension than the present.

How To Fix A Pulled Thread?

When your clothes or other pieces of fabric are caught in a tight place, they are likely to pull some threads. This leaves a hanging thread from your clothes or fabric. You can quickly fix these pulled threads.

First, pick a needle and thread it with similar colored thread to your fabric. If there is a loop on your pulled thread, insert your needle through this loop. Then create a knot with the end of your thread.

Start sewing. Your first stitch should be as close as possible to the base of the pulled thread. This helps to keep the needle stitches small and invisible. This is why you need to use a thread similar to the fabric or pulled thread. Sew the pulled thread back into the fabric until none is left hanging.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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