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Needle clamp won't attach to needle bar

I was sewing heavy material for a ferret bed and talking to my daughter when the needle jammed, came down on the needle clamp,bent the thread guide.When I tried to put the needle clamp back on it falls off.It looks like the needle hit the needle stop inside. I can see something metal inside,don't know for sure if it is suppose to be there or not.When I insert a needle into the needle clamp and tighten the screw(not attached to the sewing machine) the needle is secure. I just cannot get it to stay on the needle bar.Please help.

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  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    Same problem. Help!

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    the same thing broke on mine while sewing heavy material.

  • gopbecky Apr 29, 2009

    same thing here...i need help!!!

  • gopbecky May 11, 2010

    what kind of allen wrench? it's too small for any that i have...

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Do I need a needle screw pin in order to tighten the needle?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    When I try to sew it seems that the needles goes in coorectly and then when I start sewing the needle gets bent. Please help!

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I need a replacement screw for the needle clamp

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    What where size



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There is a set screw above the needle pin screw which tightens with an allen wrench--try that.

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