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Thread: How can I smooth out a rough needle hole on the throat plate?

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    How can I smooth out a rough needle hole on the throat plate?

    This is for the Improved Eldredge "B" that just came home. I think the original plate is too far gone to fix; there isn't much metal around the hole. A replacement I found has more metal, but I am uncertain of just how to smooth the hole's edges. Both of these really got bashed repeatedly by needles over the years. (I have to wonder if the needles weren't secured tightly enough, or if the machine has a flaw and can't hold them). The metal might not be all that hard to begin with. How would you go about this? it must be done or the thread will shred almost instantly as it passes through the needle hole. I have a Dremel...
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    Depending on where it is...in the hole, around the hole...the usual counter request is "photo please".

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    Here's picture of a replacement I will probably buy. As you can see, the needle hole is in bad condition. Mine is worse.

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    Gentle dremel?
    Anastasia - I like to sew square things.

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    I would definitely check here. Or like amcatanzaro suggests.
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    Thank you, Cari!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltedsunshine View Post
    Ha! I've probably got a file that small.

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    My Eldredge Two Spool had a needle hole like that. It would make a loop in the thread every fourth or fifth stitch. The only solution was a new plate. My young sewing machine guy took care of that.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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