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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Problem: broken needle fell into machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 11/24/12 8:16 AM

How can I get a piece of needle out easily? Surely don't want to take it in to repair shop when I need to sew Christmas gifts.

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Date: 11/24/12 8:24 AM

Is your machine computerized? Can you take the feed dog cover off? Can you take the bottom cover off? Sometimes needles will drop to the bottom of the machine, in the black hole is what I call it, and you'll be looking for them forever, until you realized.

If all else fails and your machine isn't computerized, whack the pointed end of your scissors on a hard surface and use the tips as a magnet to find the needle. It won't stay magnetized for long, but it might work long enough.

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Date: 11/24/12 8:38 AM

Try taking your cleaning brush and brush out under the needle plate, the bobbin case and all other spots you can reach. If the tip is there, it will likely fall to the bottom of the case or machine and can be picked out fairly easily. That usually works for me

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Date: 11/24/12 9:00 AM

Vacuum cleaner with a small attachment- I used the little computer vacuum attachment and it worked great, but I would think any small attachment will do.

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Date: 11/24/12 9:13 AM

If all else fails, place a tea towel or another piece of fabric on a bed and turn your sewing machine upside down over it and shake gently. I had a needle fall straight down inside my machine and after trying everything I could think of, I called the store. The repair man happened to be there and turning it upside down and gently shaking it is what he told me to do. Worked like a charm. The needle fell right out.
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Date: 11/24/12 12:44 PM

Quote: Miss Fairchild
Is your machine computerized? Can you take the feed dog cover off? Can you take the bottom cover off? Sometimes needles will drop to the bottom of the machine, in the black hole is what I call it, and you'll be looking for them forever, until you realized.



If all else fails and your machine isn't computerized, whack the pointed end of your scissors on a hard surface and use the tips as a magnet to find the needle. It won't stay magnetized for long, but it might work long enough.

a magnet isn't going to hurt a computerized machine.
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Date: 11/25/12 3:34 PM

This has happened to me more often than I care to admitFirst rule is "don't panic". I usually find that using a magnifying glass (and sometimes a small flashlight as well) help me locate the offending needle part. Once I have found the location I either tip the machine over if the part is loose or use the needle-nosed tweezers which came with my serger to lift it out.

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Date: 11/25/12 7:22 PM

Yes it is computerized. I'll go with the upside shaking first. It's not even the tip. It's a center section of needle. I failed to reposition the needle to the center and attached ruffler.
Thanks for the Advice

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