Look what I did to my poor needle last week.
It’s one of those fancy new titanium needles that are supposed to last a long long time. I was stitching along through many layers and “bam” this happened. Looking at the wreckage, I think that my thread caught on the spindle and so the pull of that versus my pulling because of the heavy layers pulled the needle just enough so that it came down not in the hole, but onto the metal of the stitch plate. And, being that it’s titanium coated and stronger, it bent instead of snapping!