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For heaven's sake Michael D. Hannan, do your home work, understand specific features of the machine and get your facts right before you mislead somebody with an incorrect answer: the Bernina 1630 needle plate is not fastened by screws but by spring clips.
If the needle plate was properly held down before, then you have either not replaced it correctly or you have removed it clumsily and bent the spring clips that retain it. Read the manual or follow my directions to remove and replace below.
First, examine the needle plate:
Pick up the needle plate and turn it over. Look at the two spring clips: they should be firmly fastened to the needle plate by the two small screws - if not, use a very small screwdriver to tighten them. Now look at the other end of the spring clips: the gap between the spring clips and the needle plate should be very close to 3mm. If significantly over that, the needle plate will not be held firmly. You cannot bend them back into place without removing them first.
Fix spring clips if damaged:
For each clip, you need to hold the end with the hole in a vice, right up to the first bend. Gently bend the rest of the clip bit by bit back to the correct position, testing each time you bend it. Refit the clip and repeat for the other. Don't use heat or you will destroy the elastic properties of the clip. If the clip is bent too far, it will break and you'll have to order replacements from your Bernina dealer.
How to remove the needle plate:
Open the bobbin cover. From the front of the machine and using your thumb, push up under the curved front edge of the needle plate just enough so the locating dowel comes out of the hole at the front left. Simultaneously slide the needle plate back a bit. Lift up slightly against so the curved front of the needle plate comes over the edge of the free arm casting. Slide the plate back a bit more to free it completely and you can then lift it out.
How to refit the needle plate:
Place the needle plate in the gap with the curved edge about 20 mm behind where it will end up. Slide the needle plate forwards until the curved edge comes up against the locating dowel and lift it sightly over the dowel. By this time the spring clips will be partly engaged. Now push the needle plate forwards from the rear until it goes forwards and drops into place.
I hope this helps. Foot and needle removed for clarity. Pictures taken on a Bernina 1030 which is the same in this area.
Always put fasteners in a zip lock freezer bag and tape it to the furniture. There are professional fastener places where you can match anything if you have samples to bring with you. My city has such a place. But you will never find the hardware without being very mechanical and the end result may not be as safe for a child as the original hardware. Is the safety of your child worth the risk? Or is buying another unit worth a little insurance toward the welfare of your child?
Are you sure you lost the manual? It took us all day to discover it was attached to the crib base under the mattress. We have a different simplicity crib but it needs either rails or you buy a full-size bed frame from a mattress store and attach it with the headboard adaptor plates and screws they gave you.
We do service Simmons Little Folks cribs. In order to determine the correct replacement fasteners for your crib we will need to ask a few specific questions. Please call us when you are with the crib for direct assistance at 800.205.9642 or 800.772.1041.
Products America supplies all replacement hardware for Kinderkraft cribs, including the Vermont model. This model uses moving side hardware as well as a series of fasteners to attach the non- moving side and mattress support to the head and footboard of the crib. We also have the original assembly instructions available with parts list for you to determine exactly which parts may be missing. Please call us at 800.205.9642 or 800.772.1041 from 8am to 6pm Central Time M-F for direct asisstance or email email@example.com to request the assembly instructions.
You know I just purchased a Childesigns crib from a garage sale thatI thought had everything needed. When I got home, we found it was missing one top plastic rod. Of course nothing will work without that. I found this webpage that sells a VERY similar product.
http://www.productsamerica.com/page65.html. It is not exact, but to be able to use the crib, this was a good option for us. Hope this helps.