Sewing Machine Needle Won't Stay Threaded?

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June 17, 2014

I have an old Lemair Helvetia and the thread won't stay in the needle:/ I've tried making a longer thread, holding it for the first couple seconds that it sews and tension change, but the thread just won't stay. I need to finish off a dress by Saturday, panicking here!

By Nicole.P


June 20, 20141 found this helpful

Is your thread breaking? Old thread does that, if so, replace the thread. Have you checked your tensions?

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June 23, 20142 found this helpful

I know it's too late for your dress, I hope things worked out for you!

Re the thread coming out of the machine needle, are you sure you're completely lifting the presser foot while threading the needle and/or adjusting the tension? Not lifting the pressure foot all the way will cause the thread to slide out when you start sewing because the upper thread won't properly seat in the thread path if the pressure foot is down during threading the upper thread.


Having the pressure foot in the up position relieves the sew mode pressure on the tension discs - permitting them to open properly to accept the upper thread during threading, and properly adjust the tension for sewing.

There are a lot of other causes for thread slipping out of the needle - incorrect or old thread, machine timing off, bobbin gear worn out, thread tension discs worn. If you continue having the problem you need to take the machine to a good sewing machine repair tech.

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August 27, 20161 found this helpful

Make sure the thread arm is in it's highest position each time you stop. If it is, the needle won't un-thread when you start to sew.

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September 27, 20164 found this helpful

This happened to me too, it turned out that I was threading the needle the wrong way, make sure you are threading your needle through the front and not the back.


Hope this helps! :)

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October 5, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you angel, you saved me 2 days of frustration ; every one suggested to pull the tread at the beginning , and that is not so, the tread jumped out of the needle during sowing after about the second stitch . You are a smart cookie, thank you.

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January 27, 2020

I have a Toyota RS2000 sewing machine. I threaded the machine as I usually do, and went to machine up a seam, but the thread kept coming out of the needle when I press the foot to sew. I don't know why. I tried different settings, but it still kept popping out of the eye in the needle! Can you help please?


January 27, 20200 found this helpful
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Normally you should have a long trail of thread at the back of your needle when you start to sew. If you do and the thread keep coming out you should change your needle and make sure it is installed correctly.

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January 27, 20200 found this helpful
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Either hold the tail of the thread till you actually get a couple stitches into the seam, OR pull a longer thread tail out of the upper thread only. My machine does the same thing if I don't do one of those two steps.


The upper thread gets pulled backwards--out of the needle--as the upper thread tension takes up the excess thread. So, pull more out or hold onto a shorter tail. The bobbin thread should be fine without doing anything special. Good luck and happy sewing!!!

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January 27, 20200 found this helpful
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This always happens to me when the tension is too tight. It can also break as well.

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January 28, 20200 found this helpful
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Aside from the answers above, Ive also had this happen when the eye of the needle has a split in it. Replacing with a fresh needle is necessary in this case. (Sewing over pins will cause this to happen sometimes.) Good luck!

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July 19, 2013

Why does my seeing machine keep unthreading the needle as I am sewing?

By sc


July 22, 20130 found this helpful

Two possible reasons. One, your needle thread comes out before you begin because it's short and needs to be held when you start.


The other is, you may have a small snag in your needle eye and it cuts it. The next time it happens, look at the end of the thread. If it look somewhat's that. I hope this helps.

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July 23, 20131 found this helpful

There are several reasons your sewing machine needle won't stay threaded, starting with the needle (as noted by the previous poster) is old and going through reasons like:

Wrong needle for the type of thread and fabric you are trying to sew

Upper thread not put through the machine threading path correctly

Machine tension set incorrectly for the type of thread, needle, and fabric you are using

Bobbin gear worn or broken (which prevents the upper thread from being caught by the bobbin during sewing)

Best solution? Check your user guide (aka owner's manual) troubleshooting pages. If you don't have your user guide, check the manufacture website, most have a free download feature for user guides. Print the guide and put it into a 3 ring binder to have at hand during a sewing session.

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January 28, 20173 found this helpful

I had the same problem. Turned out when someone changed the needle, it was inserted with the flat side toward the front; in my machine the flat side goes toward the back.


When I changed the needle to the correct position, it sewed like a charm. Could this be your problem??

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