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Needle is bumping into plate

Hello- I am a very amateur sewer, though I've been around sewing all my life, my mom being an expert. I've just bought a Virtuosa 160, Home Art Edition, on eBay, wanting a good machine but trying not to spend too much. Now that I have it, I am having some trouble to see if it will work. At first, I attempted to thread it and raise the bobbin thread so that I could test the stitching, but I got the threads stuck in the bobbin area, which pulled on the needle and snapped off the end of the needle. Now, I replaced the needle, but the tip of the needle does not go into the recess of the plate, but bumps into the plate a hair's breadth away from the recess (hole). I've adjusted the needle to make sure it's in all the way, and that it's facing the right direction, the presser foot seems to be in all right, and I can't seem to be able to adjust anything else. I cannot find anything in the manual or on the internet to give me any ideas of what I should fix, or what I have done. I would greatly appreciate any help, and advice on this model in general- -thanks!

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Hi keenz...Since you've proven that you understand the proper direction to insert your needle, there are only 2 other options available for you to do. 1) Once again, replace the needle with a new one. If the needle's that you have, came in a paper pack, the chances of them being deformed are quite high. Sewing machine needles should be of high quality, and be packaged in a rigid plastic tray with individual slots for each needle, such as those manufactured by Schmetz. If you are confident in the integrity of your new replacement needle, does the replacement produce identical results? If yes...... 2) Visually scrutinize the Stitch Plate alignment and seating, and use your hand to feel the countours of the Plate against the Bed. You shouldn't be able to feel much difference either forward or backward, and there should be zero tolerance if you sweep your hand across the Bed and over the Needle Plate. If you are confident in the integrity of the Needle Plate alignment and placement, than your machine will have to be serviced by a technician, because what has occured is when your threads knotted (due to improper threading and/or failing to remove any thread slack prior to stitching), the rearward motion of the fabric as the Feed Dog was doing it's job, versus the needle being held by knotting, has caused your Needle Bar to become misaligned. Please update your post with any developments.....good luck my friend

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