Hi, I was sewing last night some leather on my Juki and the needle got stuck in the strap of the bag. It is a think area and I can not get the machine to release the needle. It is stuck solid in the strap and I am afraid to force the wheel. It just will not move. Any suggestions on how to get the needle out? The machine is a Juki DDL 555 Thank you
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Re: juki stuck needle
Use a pair of side cutter plyers and snap the needle sideways till it breaks or just cut it. watch eyes cause it will fly since needle is very hard. use good needle nose to get needle out of leather. try a larger needle next time. number 22 should do the tric.
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go to a sewing trades shop/ retailer and ask them
there is a variety of generic needles that will cover a range of materials and the only needle that you will be concerned with will be the leather needle
regarding your inquiry about JUKI machine model DDL-8700 , first your machine type was what ? DDL-8700/SS ( for light to medium material , DDL-8700/HS ( for jeans and can use to sew light to medium lather, type of needle is DBx1, size for lather was 18 and you can use thread number #30 and #20. one more thing you want to change your presser foot to teflon presser foot ( please see attached photo for that presser foot you want to buy.
if need more information please ask
thanks and best regards
CAIRO - EGYPT
Is your needle inserted correctly? Try taking it out and inserting again. Is your bobbing threaded correctly? Try taking it out and re-threading. You might also try cleaning the bobbin area. The only other think I can think of is that you may have the wrong needle in.
How thoroughly have you cleaned out the hook race area? Take a clean piece of cloth, and wipe it out. Look for fluff, bits of thread, etc.... You might need to tighten up your bobbin casing. If there's a screw there, get a flat edge screwdriver and very gently tighten it a little bit, then try sewing a scrap of lamb. You also may need to interface your lamb, so it's more stable.
List the model number of your machine, so anyone replying will know exactly what you're dealing with.
make sure to use a leather needle
needle must be inserted correctly,,the falt side of the needle must face the shaft
the groove in the needle faces away from the shaft
raise the needle bar to the highest point,,then loosen the clamp screw to remove the old needle
push the needle all the way up to the stop, or as far as it will go,then tighten the needle clamp screw
also make sure the needle & thread will work togeather
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread
also clean under the needle plate where the feed dogs are
also bobbin area
ordinary drop feeds are not suited for sewing leather,ideally a needle feed or machine with a walking foot mechanism is best suited.if you are stuck with this machine only,there are a couple of things which may help.on some of the juki ddls there is an adjusting screw and locknut on top and in the middle of the arm of the machine .turn needle by hand wheel to bdc and loosen this screw and turn clockwise slowley!
this will raise the presser foot very slightly,so when the feed dog is at tdc it can improve the feeding .
spear point needles are reccommended also.
one other idea,but you need a qualified mechanic to do this is to alter the feed timimg slightly on the eccentric on the top shaft.as the needle is entering the fabric,slow the timing down so the needle enters the leather just as the material starts to move.
hope this helps!
cheers kev w 07725903110
Might I be so bold as to disagree with Allmakes.
Why would a manufacturer build different models of industrial. They are designed for differnt jobs. The 8300 is a high speed garment machine, the 1541 is a compund feed upholstery machine. The motor is the same HP and does not affect the ability to sew heavy. The garment machine will sew garment weight leather just fine but you will have problems getting the fabric to feed properly particularly over seams. The other issure you may find with a garment machine is it's ability to handle heavier threads. I suggest that the 1541 would be a better choice for making bags and purses.