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I changed broken needle but accidently both of them came out now the left needle does not stay in

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Assuming this is a serger? Is there only one needle set-screw on the machine or one set-screw for each needle? If there are two set-screws, then you may have accidentally lost the set-screw for the other needle. If there is only one set-screw, both needles will need to be installed at the same time, hold them all the way up and simultaneously tighten the set-screw.

How To Change The Needle on the Brother Serger 1034d 4 Thread 2 Needle... (this machine has only one set-screw for both needles)

Some other machines, ie Bernina, have a set-screw for each needle.


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