You can buy a replacement on sew4less.com, it's called a needle clamp assembly. It's about $15. I did this and my problem is I don't know how to get the broken one off (it won't hold a needle anymore). Please please please tell me how you got yours off in the first place!
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Next, go to Sewing Parts Online (that's the above link -- you're there anyway -- and see if they have the part listed. Chances are, that part is used in more than one machine. If you can't find it listed, give them a call and see if they can order it for you. I can tell you from experience that if it's the needle clamp, you generally have to remove the wire thread holder and clamp as one piece, replace the clamp, then insert them both at the same time. It's quite doable, but generally requires patience.
Would you please say what model you have? I gather that there's now a problem with your needle clamp, and it won't hold needles? Those clamps can be replaced inexpensively--you just slide the old one off and the new one on--but I could be more specific about where you can buy a replacement if you supplied the model number.
The needle clamp usually has a screw on the back that is tightened to prevent the needle holder from falling off. The screw on the back should be very loose. Place the holder on the arm (moves when you rotate the wheel by hand) with the screw towards the back and the hand screw on the side. Tighten the screw in the back and it shouldn't come off. Now, place the wire on the side where the hand screw on the inside of the hole along with the arm and place your needle in. Now you can tighten.
when you put the needle in the needle clamp holder the flat side of the needle goes toward the back of the the machine when you tighten the needle clamp screw make sure it's holding the needle,,make sure you can't pull the needle back out of the clamp,, if you can something is wrong with the needle clamp or the screw
On the 237 there should be a very small piece of round metal that fits into the needle clamp so when it tightens it keeps the needle in the correct position, you may have lost that small piece of metal.
If you look carefully you should see a small allen head screw on the needle clamp assembly. There should be a J shaped part which goes into a hole on the bottom of the assembly. Reassemble everything,put the assembly back on the needle bar and tighten the screw with an allen wrench. sewman7
There is one small metal piece 3/4 inch long and shaped like the letter "T" that fits under the right hand needle plate snap one screw. Attach to underneath square nut and can be seen sticking out from the top holding the bobbincase in place after the top plate is replaced and everything is back together. If this is not it, a picture would help as I have repair 100's of Elna 5000 to 9000's.