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I have a Nelco sewing machine and i forgot how to put in a new needle adgilbert40@comcast.net thanks!

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There should be a screw down by the needle, by the presser foot. Unscrew that button and remove the old needle. To replace that with a new one... there put the top of the needle into the needle hole. There will be a flat side to the needle and a rounded side. The flat side goes in the back. Once you have the needle in its position, tighten the screw to hold it in place. Let me know how it goes and if that fixes it.

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