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I need to know how to replace my needle threader in my baby lock emp6. that is how to remove the old one and put the new one in.

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  • memecb Jul 20, 2009

    i haven't tried it yet so don't know. where are the pictures can't seem to find them



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The instructions for this process can be found in the service manual page 4-26. I’ve come up with some short cuts per say. This should take maybe 15-20 minutes to do, (never did time it though). Item #3 will only apply if your machine isn’t at #1 needle position. The other steps apply to all. I’m sorry if some pictures aren’t very clear. My camera couldn’t zoom in close enough to see and be focused. This isn’t to take away from any dealer’s business. Feel free to have your dealer replace it if you want.

1. Remove Needle #1. If more room is desired remove needle #2.

2. Looking at the machine needles, Pic1. To the right you will see a white plastic cover that covers a screw. I use the needle screw tool (small allen wrench tool). Stick it in the hole of the cover and with slight pressure the cover will come out. Now remove the screw under the cover

3. With your machine off. Press & hold all 3 buttons on your LCD panel (Start/Stop, Scissors & Threader). Turn on your machine. On the next screen select “Main Board Test Mode”. Now select “Needle Position“. Pic 2 shows this screen. At the lower right of this screen are 4 arrows. 2 single, 2 double with a number in between them. That number is the current needle at the needle threader. Select the single arrow that will move the Needle bar & needle position to 1. Select Close.

4. Now select “Thread Set Motor test”. Pic3 shows this screen. At the lower left is “Manual Move”. Select it. This will move the needle threader out like it’s starting to thread and stop.

5. I advise having a good light for the area to be worked on. Look closely at your new threader. You will see a small plastic piece sticking out with a tab at the end of it. Now look at the silver shaft, You can see where this tab fits, into a groove. I used the small screwdriver that came with the machine. Place the screwdriver at the large of the threader and push to the left and slide the threader off of the two shafts, Pic5. You may have to lift the small tab out of the groove while doing this. CAUTION!! There is a small spring the threader is hiding. You’ll see it as the threader slides off the shaft.

6. Now for the reason of removing the case screw. Slightly pull the case to the right as you remove the threader. You’ll have to wiggle it out between the needle arm and machine. It can be done.


7. Make sure the spring is still there. Slide the needle threader back on both shafts. The longer shaft will move some, don’t worry. It can’t go anyplace do to the case in the way. If you follow the silver long shaft you will see a large end with an allen setscrew in it, Pic4. There is a hole in the arm it fits through which is larger than the shaft but not too large the large end will fall through. The large end will fit right in the hole when you are done. Hold pressure on the large end while you press on the threader. Push the threader on until that little tab falls into the groove of the shaft. I had to put pressure on the large silver end to get the threader all the way on. It’s a snug fit on the shafts. When the threader is in place over both shafts and locked in place the large end of the silver shaft should be in the hole.

8. Replace the case screw and plastic cover. Turn off the machine.

Let me know how this turns out.


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