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Need to get needle that I dropped into the sewing machine shaft.

I was trying to change the needle in my machine this afternoon and I let it slip away and it fell straight down into the machine. Now I can't get it out. What can I do to retrieve it please. Thanks for your help.

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Hi there,
If you don't want to take it to a "repairer" then I would suggest that you remove the screws and open up the machine to retrieve the needle. Just be mindful of where you removed the screws from i.e. the size as there may be several different sizes.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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