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Techclass
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Date: 8/26/07 10:26 PM

Help! My sewing machine has a needle stuck in it!
While I was sewing, the end of the needle broke. So I went and bought new needles. When I was pulling the broken needle out of the machine, the botton bit broke off, but the top that you stick into the machine was still stuck in there! How do I get it out?

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Date: 8/26/07 10:57 PM

Make sure that the screw holding the needle is loosened up then try removing the needle with a pair of (no pun intended..) needle nosed pliers. Grasp the needle with the pliers and wiggle the needle gently while pulling downward. Hope this works for you!
-- Edited on 8/26/07 10:58 PM --

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Date: 8/26/07 11:17 PM

Hi! Needing a little advice-jst bought a Babylock esante frm private owner(only one owner). it is bout 4 yrs old. got several embroid hoops and instruc manual + one small embroid card. I paid $550 and wondering if this was a good price?
Also- I need advice on WHAT kind of thread to get for it-the owner said to use bobbin thread and another kind for top. I also need to find best priced stabilizer as well as some kind of magic box. I have a Mac. Thanks for Any advice!

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Date: 8/27/07 0:12 AM

The screw holding the needle was very loose - also, there's no portion of the needle left sticking out for pliers to grab!
I'm doomed!

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Date: 8/27/07 0:22 AM

If it's very loose the needle shouldn't be too hard to get out with a magnet...or even a firm "thump." There really shouldn't be anything holding it in if the screw is loosened all the way and Gravity is on your side, after all.

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Date: 8/27/07 8:43 AM

Hi Gingermom-- Congrats on your new machine!
I don't have a babylock, but suggest you post in Sewing Machines and Sergers. Many gurus are over there to help you!
Also...try posting your magic box question in the Computers-- Arrrrgh! section. I see a few embroidery set-up questions over there.

Good luck!

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Date: 8/27/07 10:16 AM

Techclass...are you sure there's still part of the needle in your machine? Maybe it fell out when you blinked. Really, once that screw is loosened, the needle should just fall out. Part of the needle may be down in the bobbin area, or on your floor.

Have you tried putting a new needle in?

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Date: 8/28/07 10:59 PM

Try unscrewing the needle plate and then checking around the bobbin area to see if you can find it. If not get someone strong to help you gently turn your machine upside down. The needle most likely will fall out. Not the best solution but it should work

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Date: 8/29/07 1:04 AM

We have all broken needles and gotten them stuck in our machines. The suggestions given should be helpful. Good luck.

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Date: 8/30/07 10:37 PM

Thanks for all your help - ill try to thump it out, and use a magnet, but the needle isn't actually loose. It seems to be stuck in there, since I tried pulling it with some pliers when it was initially just broken on the end. Then the needle snapped with some of it still stuck inside the machine. It didn't just fall out, since there's no more hole for me to put a new needle in.
I guess my sewing machine's broken now.

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