If you are by a Hancock fabic store take it in there and have then cean it and then order a part for it. they are the cheapest repair place I have found for a sewing machine. I too have a brother computerized and they have helped me. It cost 69.99 for the cleaning oiling and replacing the part :-) hope this helps
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to make manual threading of a needle easy buy a needle threader
it is a instrument that has a very fine piece of wire in a loop that you push through the eye of the needle , put the thread in that loop and pull the loop back out of the eye and the needle is threaded
available from most any shop that sells material , cotton , thread or sewing machine shops
cost --pack of 2 for $1.00 or there abouts
There are small plastic threaders that are like a hypodermic that pushes the thread through the eye....a good sewing and craft shop will have these, or a thin wire threader for an overlocker is a good option....but you cannot add to the machine itself, no, it was never an accessory....more expensive models tend to have them as a standard feature Sewing Machine Needle Threader eBay
Needle threader heads are actually easily replaced and should be replaced anyway every few years because they do wear-out. Get a magnifying glass and, having returned the needle to the top (use the foot controller, so that the machine stops it in the right place), pull the needle threader down until the head rotates towards the needle. Look with the magnifying glass to see if the small hooked part in the centre of the threader head (the light grey plastic part) goes through the eye of the needle - if not, you might be able to bend it VERY carefully so that it does - that should cure it. If the hook is a long way above or below the needle eye, dont try and bend it, the cam that rotates the threader has probably moved on the needle bar and will need adjustment by a service agent. If the hook is passing through the eye of the needle OK, but still not pulling the thread back through when you release it - i.e. the thread is just slipping-off, the hook has become rounded through normal wear and you'll have to replace the threader head. The threader head simply pulls off - you might need to carefully lever it off the round shaft. Replacing it is a matter of simply putting the new one on the shaft and pressing upwards firmly so that the grooves in the threader head go right up to the horizontal pin on the threader shaft.
Do you just need to attach it to the machine? Or are you having trouble using the foot itself?
It attaches the same way the other feet attach. Remove any foot that may still be attached to the machine. On the buttonhole foot look for the small silver pin that sits on the sliding piece with the small red line marks on it. Lift up your presser foot lever and attach the buttonhole foot's silver pin the same way you would attach any other foot.
As far as using the foot itself place your button on the back sliding piece snuggly till it fits in without falling out, adjust as needed. Pull the bottonhole lever down (it's located on the machine opposite the side of the presser foot lever) so that it rests behind the first lever on the buttonhole foot (small plastic piece raised on the left hand side of the foot that doesn't move). Slide the feed dog switch on the back of your machine so the feed dogs go down. Select your stitch and go. The machine automatically stops when done.
If only we could put video links in here! But here goes:
Raise the presser foot; Turn the hand wheel until the take-up lever (the hook bit that goes up and down, above the needle ) has reached its highest position; Remove the small spool holder from the horizontal thread holder that is under the lid. Put thread reel onto spool, replace spool holder; Pull thread behind first thread guide - it is the cream flat plastic bit towards the back - about 1" x 3/4" (i.e. the thread takes the first exit at the back); Bring it down the left-hand long slot on the front of the machine, back up the right-hand slot, over the hook of the take-up lever, back down the right-hand slot and pass it from the side between the thread guide (silver metal bit just above the needle - looks a bit like curled metal). I found this last guide the most difficult to figure out - tried to get the thread into the curled bit - but you don't do that - it just slips in behind; Thread goes through the eye of the needle. You can use the needle threader or not. Instructions for needle threader:
Lower sewing foot (makes more room and clamps the thread in the upper tension discs so it is less likely to keep spooling off while you are trying to thread); Turn handwheel until the needle is in highest position; Pull the needle threader straight down and then twist it to the front so the tiny hook on the threader goes through the eye of the needle; Take thread under the larger metal hook on the left, put your thumb on it to stop it coming off, thread goes back towards the needle and under the small hook that is poking through the needle from the back; Twist the needle threader towards the rear, releasing the thread carefully and allow the threader to move upwards. There should be a loop of thread left in the eye of the needle and you can now pull it all through to the back.
That sounds really complicated but I find the Pfaff needle threader works really well, unlike that of some other machines. I also have a Husqvarna Designer 1 whose needle threader works great, but the one on my friend's Designer SE is useless. Go figure!
You can get a new (grey) threader inexpensively that pushes on the bottom of the threader shaft from a dealership. Easy to do it yourself or they can do it in 5 or 10 minutes. Try taking the old one off and looking at it. It pulls right off.
A new part is faster and easier but sometimes the problem is a bent hook( the tiny part which goes through the eye of the needle). Remove the needle to see the part better and pull the threader down. Look in the very center of the threader for the hook. It is probably pushed to the right.Using a small screwdriver or other thin piece of metal, force the hook back to the center. Try it and continue until it enters the eye again. By the way, a Singer dealer can get this part for you for under $10. sewman7
WE FIXED IT!!!!! Ok my fabulous husband fixed my automatic thread foot last night and now I am sewing away. Here is what he did best I can describe. when you engage the thread shuttle, a piece comes down from the right of the sewing machine. I has a spring on the back and a very thin piece of wire with a white plastic moving part. the foot has to snap under the white plastic thing... so you have to very carefully take the white thing out of the track and then put the foot in. the bar side with the larger metal pin goes here and the foot should be facing towards the needle. Hope this helps and if I didn;t explain it well please leave me a note and I will try again :)