Hello, I have broken the little hook off the automatic needle threader. This is the actual piece that come through the eye of the needle to pull the thread through. Any ideas as to how to fix this. Is there a part for it or do I need to buy a whole new lever. I have a Virtouso 153 QE.
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Re: Broke the hook off the automatic needle threader
You can get a new (grey) threader inexpensively that pushes on the bottom of the threader shaft from a dealership. Easy to do it yourself or they can do it in 5 or 10 minutes. Try taking the old one off and looking at it. It pulls right off.
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The automatic needle threader is very tiny and easily bent or damaged; however, it is designed not to turn if needle is not at its most upper position to protect the threader. Turn the hand wheel until the needle is at the highest position. If the needle is not aligning with the threader hook, you will need to replace it. And you can replace the needle threader hook if it is bent. I hope this helps!Jimmy
You haven't said what make and model but on my Janome 6500 the auto needle threader is a little plastic piece that you pull down on the left of the needle bar. You pull it downwards and it swings over and a little hook comes through the eye of the needle. Now pull your top thread down in front of it and then to the right against the bottom of it. This brings the thread across the front of the needle and the little hook. Let the threading device go and it should pull back out of the needle and upwards again, taking the thread with it and through the eye of the needle. Now, just disenage the thread from the little hook and you should be ready to go.
Most needle threaders are some variation on this, a little wire or hook that comes through the eye from the back to front, so you can introduce the thread into it, then pull it back through the needle eye.
Of course you can always remove the needle from the needle holder, and thread it with a little manual needle threader in the same direction, insert it from the back, put the thread into the wire loop, then pull it back through the needle eye. Then put the needle back into the needle holder flat shank to the back, if your machine doesn't have this feature. Most multi packs of hand sewing needles will come with a little metal needle threader which often just sits there unused.
If your talking about the needle threader, it just simply slides on to the stainless steel shaft and snaps on. You might have to adjust it a little if it doesn't line up with the eye of the needle. To do that you need to remove the side cover of the needle bar area, and loosen the 1.5MM allen screw that sets the stop for the threader stop. It is located near the top of the needle threader bar.
I assume you're talking about the hook on the automatic threader, because that's the only bit that actually ENTERS the needle. If the hook gets misaligned just a bit or the needle isn't put in properly or becomes bent, it is unfortunately very easy to break the automatic threader head ... best solution is simply to get a replacement threader head ... they're not expensive and really should be regarded as 'wear and tear' parts that should be replaced every so-often anyway. If a new one fails to go easily through the eye of the needle, you may have to have the mechanism adjusted so that it rotates at the right height, otherwise you'll end-up breaking the hook again. Dont force it !
If you're referring to the hook/shuttle, then you have to replace the hook/shuttle if it's been seriously damaged - minor scratches can be polished-out with 1200 grit or above, but, again, it's better to replace this part than try and repair because unless you know what you're doing, you can mess-up the profile so that it wont pick up the loop when the needle is rising through the material and you'll get bad stitch formation.
The small hook that passes through the eye of the needle is bent or broken. If it is only bent it can be straightened with a small screw driver. If it is broken it will need to be replaced. Most dealers can get this part for you for about $5.00 sewman7
A new part is faster and easier but sometimes the problem is a bent hook( the tiny part which goes through the eye of the needle). Remove the needle to see the part better and pull the threader down. Look in the very center of the threader for the hook. It is probably pushed to the right.Using a small screwdriver or other thin piece of metal, force the hook back to the center. Try it and continue until it enters the eye again. By the way, a Singer dealer can get this part for you for under $10. sewman7