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Date: 10/2/13 8:45 PM

Hello, I am trying to locate a needle clamp screw for my Elgin S1112 sewing machine. I took it in for maintenance wanting to get back into sewing and they told me it was missing the needle clamp screw. I have no idea what could have happened to it, but I can't seem to locate any site that has an identified part. Many sites have misc needle clamp screws but they need a part number or the part itself. I have neither to supply. I would be happy to get a picture of it to show some of the places I have requested help from, in hopes they have the screw I need. The picture in the manual is not clear enough to use as a reference. If you have this machine, I would be most appreciative it you could assist in any way possible. Thank you!

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Date: 10/3/13 1:52 AM

Here's a video on an Elgin sewing machine. Does it look like yours?
The outer part of the needle screw shows...of course not the screw threads though. Probably will need a full pic of the screw threads to really identify it. Click here: Video of Elgin sewing machine
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Date: 10/3/13 12:25 PM

Bumping up this thread.
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Date: 10/3/13 3:30 PM

If you had your needle clamp screw, you would not need them to do anything about it, as you would just use your own fingers to screw it in there. It's probably the same as quite a few other old machines, with all sorts of names and brands on them. You just need to find one that the size, pitch and threads would be the same. So I don't think that is going to help you, get some current part #, for them; for some old machine like that at all. As that makes no sense to me at all. Instead I think you should just be trying to screw a whole bunch of old ones into there, and what ever fits, if you find one, go for it.

If you can't find one, maybe you can just use a whole another old or new needle clamp instead. And I think you would find one that fit on and worked, just the same way. As that way, it would not matter if you lost your screw or not, Just since the needle clamp and the screw would still even match to each other. Maybe try that instead?

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Date: 10/3/13 6:37 PM

Thank you for the suggestion! Unfortunately it is not my machine.

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Date: 10/3/13 6:42 PM

Thank you, I wondered if I could try other screws in hopes they would be just enough to hold the needle. I will keep searching for the correct needle clamp, but also try ones that could be similar.

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Date: 10/4/13 4:05 AM

Bumping up this post.

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Date: 10/5/13 3:01 PM

Where are all the vintage sewing machine aficionados??

No one except beauturbo has posted. BTW...thank you beauturbo.

Anyone else...please chime in with something for this new member...even a Hello and welcome to PR would be nice.

I personally invited this new member to join PR and she is getting overlooked.

Her Elgin S1112 was made by White if that helps. She has already found an online manual at singerco.com.

Elgin...White...Singer...confusing...but anyone have an idea what needle clamp screw will be compatible?

She has checked with dozens of places...so is it a lost cause?

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Date: 10/5/13 3:11 PM

No one is getting overlooked at all. Internet shopping is not all that it's cracked up to be for old sewing machines at all. So if you want an answer to something like that little thumbscrew by some part # someplace, I think you could be holding your breath a very long time, or forever maybe.

So when you need something like that, you don't even go on the internet. Instead you go to all the real sewing machine stores around you, taking the thing with you, and just try all the old needle set screws, that they have in all their old junk drawers. If you don't find one that fits, then you find a old needle set and screw as a set, that fits instead. If that does not work, then you go to Orchard supply hardware or such, and try all screws loose in the drawers there, until you find something of the right diameter, and thread pitch, and even then you might have to change it around to make it work.

So you are expecting just way too much. It would not be a lost cause for me at all, just since I would actually get in my car and do that. It would be working that day for me. But, if not willing to get off the seat from in front of a computer, and into a car driving around instead, and spending the time to do something like that, then I think it may be if not a lost cause, just not worth it at all.

It does not matter how many places you check by telephone or such, you have to go there in person instead, and have all things in your hands. So what is your time worth to do something like that, particular if you could be working and making money for all those hours, instead of even driving around and doing something like that? So I think that is the issue, only you or the person doing it, would even know what your own time is worth.
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Subject: Elgin S1112 needle clamp screw request- Date: 10/5/13 3:25 PM

Hi, while researching a ruffler for my old Kenmore machine I found out that I needed a needle clamp screw to hook the arm of the
ruffler attachment over. Ray at Singeronline.com suggested getting a generic "set screw" from a local hardware store. In order to measure it I took a piece of polymer clay & pressed it into the hole. Then took the clay out, measured it
and took it with me to the hardware store. Found the right size & for 37 cents it works fine! So perhaps this will work for you.

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