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Old 11-27-2012, 11:36 AM
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I have a brother machine that works fine, but all of a sudden the needle threader doesn't line up. I can see the problem, but I'm hesitant to take it in to have it fixed thinking the repair will be costly. More than anything the threader is just a convenience because my eyes aren't what they once were. I'm hoping someone out there has had this problem and may have fixed it themselves. I'd try if I knew where to start.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:00 PM
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I think machine needle threaders are a big waste. I quit using mine long time ago.
If I have problems threading the needle (when my eyes are too tired) I use a
cheap needle threader - the kind you get at the dollar store (2-3 in a package).
Good lighting and a magnifying glass should be helpful too.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:01 PM
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I have a Brother also...it works great ,but I noticed one day it wasn't threading as easy as usual! My eyes not being young anymore,I found a magnifying glass,and lo and behold,there was a tiny little "tooth" on my threader that was bent! I used a small pair of tweezers..bent it back to where it needed to be..works like dream again!
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:06 PM
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I have the same problem at times. I've found if i do a needle down-needle up it positions it.
Some say they bend the little wire a bit to get it in position but i have never tried that=hands aren't too steady
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by kookey426 View Post
I have a Brother also...it works great ,but I noticed one day it wasn't threading as easy as usual! My eyes not being young anymore,I found a magnifying glass,and lo and behold,there was a tiny little "tooth" on my threader that was bent! I used a small pair of tweezers..bent it back to where it needed to be..works like dream again!
I'm gonna try that but won't be surprised if I still can't see with a magnifying glass. lol
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:09 PM
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This is a common problem with threaders I guess. I think I'll just wait till I have to have something else fixed and then have it looked at.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:15 PM
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My Bernina's self threader doesn't always work. It does about 90% of the time, but then sometimes it won't work ever. I take it in and my dealer fixes it. I am going to see him tomorrow and I will tell him that it's not always working and I will watch what he does and report back to you. Maybe it will help you.
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Kookey,

I fixed it. There's a little flimsey part in there. No wonder these don't work sometimes. I just love all you quilting gals!!
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My Brother's dealer said to go to needle down, then needle up position and it should thread properly.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:25 PM
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If the needle up/down is not positioning the needle, you might have a little bend in the wire..be sure your needle is 'straight on' as well. But if it is the threader mechanisim, it is very easily repaired and you can do it yourself. I've now replaced mine twice and the little part cost only about $6 from the dealer. Your dealer will probably be glad to instruct you...eezy peezy. Do not fret. It's such a small thing....yet sooooooo necessary for us who are getting ''sight impaired''---or those of us whose arms are just too short..haha
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