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My needle keeps falling out. I unscrewed the set screw, put the new needle in, then it falls out. I had just taken out an old needle by unscrewing the set screw and didn't touch anything else. Help

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Be sure to unscrew the set-screw and extra turn and then insure you are pushing the needle all the way up before tightening it. Could also mean the set screw is stripped...

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