Changing the Needle
Turn OFF the power switch before changing the
z Turn off the power switch.
Raise the needle to its highest position by turning
the handwheel counterclockwise, and lower the
presser foot. Loosen the needle clamp screw q by
turning it counterclockwise. Remove the needle from
the needle clamp w.
x Insert a new needle into the needle clamp w with
the flat side to the rear. When inserting the needle
into the needle clamp w, push it up as far as it will
go. Tighten the needle clamp screw q firmly by
turning it clockwise.
c To see if the needle is in good condition, place the
flat side of the needle onto something flat (needle
plate, glass, etc.). The gap between the needle and
the flat surface should be consistent. Never use a
bent or blunt needle.
A damaged needle can cause permanent snags or
runs in knits, fine silks and silk-like fabrics.
q Needle clamp screw
w Needle clamp
Selecting Thread and Needles
For general sewing, use needle size 11/75 or 14/90.
A fine thread and needle should be used for sewing
lightweight fabrics, so the fabric will not be marred.
Heavy fabrics require a needle large enough to pierce
the fabric without fraying the needle thread.
Always test the needle size on a small scrap of the
fabric that will be used for actual sewing.
In general, use the same thread for the needle and
bobbin. When sewing stretch fabrics, very fine fabrics
and synthetics, use a BLUE TIPPED needle. The blue
tipped needle effectively prevents skipped stitches.