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My needle keeps breaking. Which way does the flat part of the needle shaft go in. Does it face the wheel, towards the back or to the left. I cleaned and oiled the machine so the only thing I can think of is that I'm putting the needle in wrong. My machine is a Necchi model # 524FB. I've had it for nearly 40 years but I haven't used it in quite some time and I can't find my manual.

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The flat of the needle normally goes to the back. If the problem persist, the timing of the machine is not correct. Refer it to the nearest service centre,

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2.Correct needle insertion is mandatory for proper use.
Raise the needle bar to the highest point, then loosen the clamp screw to remove the needle. Place the new needle in the clamp with the flat side of the needle facing the back of the machine.
If round needle--the groove in the needle faces away from the shaft
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4.blunt needle point--needle makes a popping sound when needle penetrates the fabric--replace needle
5.needle not all the way up in needle holder--loosen needle clamp screw & push the needle up until it stops then tighten screw
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Using the wrong type needle can cause problems,,
A needle to fine for heavy fabric can bend or break when it hit's the fabric
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