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Changing needle; screwdriver too tall
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Date: 1/2/14 9:15 PM

I am going to make a sewing machine cover for my new Pfaff Ambition Essential with a heavy cotton, so I switched to a jeans needle. Changing needles was not a smooth operation as I dropped the needle down into the bobbin area. I then attempted to remove the needle plate. The screw on the right-hand side was easy to remove with the Pfaff provided screw driver. However, it is impossible to remove the left-hand side screw with the provided screw driver without stripping the screw or damaging the top of the screw. When I picked up my machine, the dealer stated that Pfaff used to provide a stubby screw driver which was easier to use (in her opinion).

So, I thought, no problem, try the Bernina screw driver. All though it was the correct height, it would not work as the blade is not flat.

I drove to JoAnn's, a local Janome dealer, Hobby Lobby, a vacuum / appliance store, and finally Lowe's before buying a Kobalt thumb screw with a Phillips, flat, and a ratchet insert.

So, instead of sewing, I drove around and walked a football field or two in Lowe's. Just a tad bit frustrating!

All is fixed for now with the jeans needle in place, but it's dinner time, so I won't get to sew until later this evening. So much for taking a vacation day to craft.
-- Edited on 1/3/14 11:29 AM --

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Date: 1/2/14 9:23 PM

next time u change a needle.........place a wash cloth or dish towel over the needle/stitch plate. if the needle falls, it will fall on the towel.

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Date: 1/3/14 3:01 AM

Sorry you had a bad time today...it's always amazing how a small incident can ruin an otherwise good day.

The dish cloth (or fabric scrap) suggestion made by ajoseph is a neat idea...I'm going to do that from now on.

Any other problem getting the needle out once the needle plate was off?

I have this set for my sms...Link: 3 Piece offset screwdriver set from Lowe's

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Date: 1/3/14 11:38 AM

I held the machine upside down to shake the needle out.

The title of this thread should be "Why can't Pfaff provide a useable screw driver?"

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Date: 1/3/14 12:25 PM

I must admit, one of the things that I really appreciate about my two Pfaffs (a QE4 and a mechanical Select 4) is that the needle plate just pops off, no screws. For the top-loading bobbin on the QE4 I seem to spend some regular time with the plate off!

I am sufficiently resentful of the screws for it to actually be a factor in my machine selection. Not a a major thing, but it would tip the balance in a close call.

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Date: 1/3/14 12:28 PM

Does the machine come with the multipurpose tool? If it does, there is a little hole on it that holds the needle to make removal/insertion a breeze.

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Date: 1/3/14 12:31 PM

I always have trouble changing to generic presser feet on my machine because there just isn't enough room to get my hands in that area (and I have relatively small hands!). I'm not sure why the manufacturers don's give us an extra inch of height except that it would cost a little more. I love the idea of putting down the washcloth. I keep a magnet near my machine so I can retrieve dropped screws or needles but the washcloth would eliminate that need.

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Date: 1/3/14 12:50 PM

Yes, the machine comes with the multi-purpose tool. I'll have to practice using it!

The lack of a sufficiently sized "stubby" screw driver is definitely going in my future review of the machine!

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Date: 1/3/14 1:01 PM

I have this set: Tekton Mini Stubby Pro Screwdriver Set. They have an indent on the top so you can hold it in place with your finger while turning. Very convenient!

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Date: 1/3/14 1:12 PM

Or a piece of paper underneath to catch any falling needles! Good luck!

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