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I was switching out needles/feet, and catastrophe struck
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Date: 12/11/13 1:50 PM

Hello, PR! I'm still relatively new to sewing and the site, but wanted some advice from experienced sewists about an issue I have with my machine, a Brother CS6000i. I am worried that I really broke it. :(

In preparation for my first time sewing with stretch knit fabric, I attached the walking foot to my machine. I also put a ball point needle in it. Long story short, I couldn't get the hang of the walking foot and didn't think I had it on properly, so I took it off and put the regular foot (called the zig-zag foot) back on. (I didn't have any parts left over at that point and had followed the manual, so I assumed I did it correctly.) I sewed a few stitches and THUD!, the entire needle assembly dropped through the opening in the presser foot, feed dogs, etc. After feeling really lucky that my hand wasn't under there when it happened, I quickly realized this was a serious issue. It isn't movable with the hand wheel or foot pedal since the entire system fell down, and I have no idea what I did or how to fix it. I tried pulling the setup out of there by hand, but it won't budge. Since I have very little experience, I wasn't sure if there was a way to disassemble parts of the machine in order to get the needle assembly out of there, so it's still like this and I feel terrible about it.

Is this something any of you have experienced before, or should I see a repair shop about it? Obviously I'd like to avoid having to take it in, but I really do want to have it operational again. Any advice you folks have would be much appreciated!

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Date: 12/11/13 2:04 PM

Sorry this happened. I don't know anything about Brother machines. If you can't bring the needle back up with the hand wheel, I'd say it needs taken to the hospital

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Date: 12/11/13 2:10 PM

In this Youtube video, the sewist has a Brother sewing machine that has completely stopped and jammed. It's a different problem, but it might give you a few ideas for (possibly) getting things moving along. If you can get the needle plate up, and retrieve your needle assembly, you'll probably be able to re-assemble it. Secondly, I'd contact Brother's customer service, if this video doesn't help. I've always found them super-helpful. Then if none of those options help, you might need local repair shop help. Hopefully not, so you can save the $.

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Date: 12/11/13 3:22 PM

HI Madssews,
I have this machine also. I am confused about the part that fell off of the machine. First, in order to put the walking foot on the machine, you have to take off the snap on presser foot, then you have to unscrew the part which holds the snap on foot. You keep the screw on the main part of the needle assembly because you need to put the walking foot on at that point. As you are putting the walking foot on, you need to make sure that the moveable part of the walking foot on the right side (looks like a plastic "C") goes over and around the needle bar which is where the screw is that holds the needle in place. Then the walking foot will work properly. Now, if the actual needle assembly has fallen, then you need to take the machine in to get fixed. If not, raise the presser foot and hopefully, you will be able to get the part out of the snap on foot. Harriet

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Date: 12/11/13 4:08 PM

You must not have screwed everything tight enough when you changed it out. Can you unscrew everything? I can't imagine that it is so stuck you can't get it unstuck. If it is broken, then trying to get it unstuck probably will not hurt it anymore than it already is. I would try to get all the parts off. Turn the machine off-put everything back on and try again. If I change out a foot, I always turn the hand wheel several times to make sure that everything is ok (I learned that the hard way too). Take the bobbin and bobbin case out too and make sure that a piece of needle is not in there. Put everything back and gently try again by turning the hand wheel with no thread in it. I hope you can fix it as repairs are not cheap.

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Date: 12/11/13 4:14 PM

I have this machine, but I'm having trouble picturing what you are describing. Can you post a photo of it as it sits now? That might help us figure out what went wrong.

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Date: 12/11/13 9:35 PM

You probably loosened the needlebar assembly screw and it worked itself out and dropped off. Best recommendation is to take it to the nearest authorized Brother dealer with your original sales receipt from where ever you purchased it. Since the entire needlebar assembly dropped it may need to be re-timed. Whether the warranty will cover this repair depends on when you purchased it. Here's a link to the Brother Standard Warranty for your machine. If it's less than 1 year old it should be covered.

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Date: 12/12/13 8:35 AM

Thank you all for your interest in helping me--I really appreciate it!

Sorry about the lack of photos/updates. I posted during my lunch hour yesterday and didn't have a chance to get back on until today. Below are photos of what I tried to describe:







(If these photos don't appear, you can find them on my Flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/98450019@N05/ )

I was able to remove the needle from the setup, but I am still left with the large bar dropped all the way to the presser foot (the piece where the needle sits is basically resting on top of the presser foot at this point; removing the needle may have made these issues less obvious, so I apologize). At this point, I haven't tried anything else because I'm afraid to break it further and wanted to see what all of you suggested. CdnSkier, thank you for the warranty information. My machine was purchased about 1 year ago, so I need to double-check the dates, but hopefully I'm within the warranty period!

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Date: 12/12/13 8:53 AM

Ok, I looked at your photos and just went and looked at my machine. As a first step, try loosening the screw that holds on the presser foot adapter. It's the screw on the left, which clamps the snap-on base onto the presser foot bar. That way there shouldn't be any interference between the presser foot shaft and the needle shaft. You can also release the snap on foot w/ the button at the back, if you need more room to work. In the photo it looks like the presser foot is lifted (lever up) - you could also drop that down to get the foot moved away from the needle shaft. If the presser foot lever is actually lowered but the foot is stuck in this raised position, then that's a different story and suggests either something internal is wrong w/ the machine or the presser foot is attached incorrectly to the shaft. Anyway, my hope is that if you get the foot out of the way it should become more clear whether the problem is with the needle shaft/gears/drive being stuck internally or whether the shaft is just bound up with the foot at the moment.

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Date: 12/12/13 1:22 PM

Refer to the maintenance section for removing the needle plate and bobbin case to see if there is any thing jammed into this area.

There are several videos and tutorials for installing a walking foot. The only thing you do is remove the screw holding the presser foot or presser foot adapter and use it to attach the WF.

The lever on the WK is either straight or "U" shape. This fits over or around the needle bar depending on the configuration of the lever.

You can change the needle with the foot on or off. Just don't loosen the clamp screw to the point that it falls off the needle bar.

If it has, see page 24 of the manual for putting it back together.







-- Edited on 12/12/13 1:28 PM --

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