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Pfaff 1467 needle jammed in fabric and hand wheel stuck

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Be sure to unplug the machine.
Loosen the screw that holds the needle in place (even though the needle is still stuck in place) and try moving the handwheel so the needlebar will raise to its highest position.
Try to remove the bobbin case from the machine. If the thread is tangled, you can try snipping (patiently and carefully) with small scissors and removing the loose threads with tweezers. Do NOT yank! Just keep working until the thread knot becomes loose enough to actually remove the bobbin case and the needle.

Posted on May 01, 2017

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  • Margaret Atkinson
    Margaret Atkinson May 01, 2017

    Thank you.

  • Margaret Atkinson
    Margaret Atkinson May 01, 2017

    Thanks for the quick post. Unfortunately this procedure hasn't solved the problem. There is no thread visibly stuck in the bobbin case which was easily removed from the machine and the needle has no thread in it either; the needle is halfway down (into the bobbin chamber) and halfway above into the fabric. Perhaps this requires the assistance of an engineer unfortunately ??

  • R.A. Ellis
    R.A. Ellis May 01, 2017

    Yes, it sounds like the needle is wedged into the machine, not trapped with thread as I originally thought. It would probably be best to take it to a technician as more than likely the machine has also been knocked out of time in this incident.

  • Margaret Atkinson
    Margaret Atkinson May 01, 2017

    Yes thought it was a bit tougher than I could solve. However I very much appreciate your assistance so thanks again for your efforts.

  • R.A. Ellis
    R.A. Ellis May 01, 2017

    You are very welcome. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. BTW, I'm not an engineer... just a retired lady with a lot of home sewing experience.

  • Margaret Atkinson
    Margaret Atkinson May 02, 2017

    That hasn't half put a smile on my face ???? Well thank you ma'am. So glad I got to "speak" with you. Maybe some other time you'll be able to help me out ??

  • R.A. Ellis
    R.A. Ellis May 02, 2017

    Who knows??? Perhaps... A pleasure working with you.



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