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Broken needle sewing through Corderoy

I was hemming my cord trousers and everything was going great until I came to the seam edge, when the material was turned over there were 6 layers of fabric and my new machine Singer 7466 would not sew through it. The machine beeped and then the needle broke. After taking the bobbin plate off, I looked for the broken part of the needle but cannot find it. If I continue to use the machine will it damage anything underneath. Also according to the adverts the 7466 is supposed to be able to sew through nine layers of denim. If this is right, then what have I done wrong?
I am not a beginner at sewing I have had over 40 years of experience using various machines but this is the first time I have had this problem, I am hoping you can help me.
Thanks Janet

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This machine should be able to sew 9 layers with no real problems but it may be necessary to use a bridge or hump jumper to go over the big hump. Set your stitch length to almost the maximum and sew slowly(one stitch at a time). If it buzzes just turn it off, shorten the stitch length and try again. The above applies if you are using regular thread. If you are using heavy thread, you will need to use a top stitching needle size 18.( It has a larger eye)and adjust your tension as high as it will go to remove the loops on the bottom.
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