Broken Piece of Needle Stuck in Needle Bar?


A piece of broken needle is stuck in my antique sewing machine. I tried everything, Blaster penetration, pushing with a needle, pushing with a fine screw, and nothing works.


Please advise if you have experienced this.

By Chabeyline

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December 5, 20161 found this helpful
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I took a broken needle out with a magnet

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March 26, 20150 found this helpful

There should be a screw type tightener. If you can't loosen it with your hands, sometimes a screwdriver or a quarter held with a plyers are needed. Either way, you should be able to get it out. If it's in the plate on the bottom, that comes off with smaller screw drivers. I hope this helps.

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August 31, 20160 found this helpful

Use a strong magnet to catch the small piece!

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March 29, 20150 found this helpful

Sandi is on the right track with her suggestion. But as a sewing teacher/repair tech with considerable experience on antique machines, let me suggest two more things:


One: using the smallest pair of needle nose pliers you can find, grasp the needle bit with the pliers in one hand, spray WD-40 or similar up into the area with the stuck needle, and twist back and forth with the pliers at the same time. Try this three or four times.

(It sounds as though some grit is caught between the needle bit and the bar, holding the needle bit in there as though welded together. It could be a 'burr' too - something that can happen if the needle or bar area is beginning to rust. You won't see the rust but the minute projections can cause a burr or penetration to the needle or bar that will cause the needle bit to 'become one' with the bar)

If One doesn't work, it's time for Two: take your lovely lady to a repair tech who specialises in functional antique machines. Believe me there is a niche group of repair techs who only repair vintage-vintage (treadle and hand crank machines that aren't 100yo yet) and antique (genuinely over 100yo) machines. These techs have the tools and resources for parts that the average home antique machine users will not.

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