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Thread: My Needle keeps hitting the plate

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    Super Member QweenBee's Avatar
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    I have no idea what the name of the metal plate is, So here goes, I started sewing and had to change a needle and this needle keeps hitting the plate. I then changed to another needle, shut off the machine to reset. No such luck, what have I done wrong now?? The machine is a Husqvarna Vicking. I just don't know what else to do. Can't sew anything! Also I have a Home sewing machine and for some reason again the bobbin keeps bring up estra thread! I guess I won't be sewing ANYTHING, till these issues are fixed. Any words of advise, suggestions, tips, hints... I'll try anything at this point!!

    Stuck!!!
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    Are you putting the needle in correctly?

    My machine gets cranky if I put the flat side of the needle facing the wrong direction - or I don't push it far enough up into the needle holder thing.

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    I don't know much about your particular machine, but do you have an adjustment where you can move the needle to the right or left just a bit?

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    Sounds like the needle is in wrong and sitting too far to the right or left side. Also, make sure it is up as far as it goes, hold with left hand and tighten with right so it does not slip.

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    I don't know about your machine. On my machine, I have to turn a knob to put the needle in the right position, left position or middle position. I don't know if there is anything on your machine to adjust the position of the needle or not. Is there a shop in your area that you can find that services &/sells Husqvara machines? They may be able to help you over the telephone or let you know if it needs to go to the shop.
    I know how frustrating it is when you can't get your machine to work properly.

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    Have you tried changing the needle? Maybe it got a bit bent. I had the same problem a while ago. I have a Viking Rose. I had been sewing some badges onto towels for a friend & thought I had really messed up my machine when the needle started hitting the metal plate. However I just used it today & it's running smoothly again. I still had a problem with the walking foot & the needle hitting the plate when I used my favorite stitch #17, so I purchased a new waking foot. I figured I wore the one from 1996 out.

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    the Husqvarnas are really picky about how you put the needle in. It must have the flat part of the shaft facing the back of the machine and be pushed well up.

    If that is not the problem, have you shifted the position of the needle so it is sewing left or right of the needle. If you do this and do not have the correct foot on the machine, it will hit the foot and break.

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    I accidentally brought my needled down on the head of a safety pin while FMQ at full tilt.
    (There was only one on the entire quilt & I found it. :( )
    Had to have the timing reset at the repair shop.

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    I have a Husqvarna Vyking and that happened to me.
    My problem was that the plate where the feed dogs
    are kinda slipped out of place a little bit and all I did
    was push it back in place. Maybe this is what is wrong
    with yours.

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    Suggest you get machine ASAP to repair shop. You can SERIOUSLY damage machine. Adjustment should be made by tech. What type of machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Are you putting the needle in correctly?

    My machine gets cranky if I put the flat side of the needle facing the wrong direction - or I don't push it far enough up into the needle holder thing.
    that was my problem with my old bernina 830. my mom ended showing me how to do it, the needle was the wrong way and it wasn't pushed in enough. If you keep sewing with it as it is, the needle will break. trust me!

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    I would take the plate off and then put it back in place. Like GabbyAbby said, maybe the plate itself isn't positioned correctly. Good luck.

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    Is the thread hanging up somewhere and bending the needle slightly? It doesnt take much for the needle to hit the plate and break.

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    I just had my Viking Quilt Designer serviced because I broke the part the needle is held in. Completely destroyed it, heard the crunch/thunk, and the needle could not be held in the mechanism. No matter how hard I tried the needle just could not be tightened in. I never did this before, and for $185.00 repair fee, I hope to never do it again.

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    I think my Husqvarna Viking gets cranky real easy. The least bit of fuzz messes up everything. Possibly the needle position was moved slightly left or right as noted before.

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    I think GabbyAbby has the best answer, but my guess is, much like GabbyAbby. Ive seen the presser foot get loose or out of line, and I think that is more likely the problem, Ive had customers tell me it was hitting the needle plate, and when I looked at it it was actually hitting the foot. Other then that...its probably expensive.....

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    When was the last time you had your machine serviced? (Timing might be the problem because this sounds like a problem I had, and it was the timing.)

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    If your Viking machine won't reset when shut off/on, it needs professional help. Those machines are too precise to mess with if you don't know the right "codes". I would rather spend $3.00 on gas to take my Designer 1 in for service to find out it is something simple off kilter, rather than mess something up really bad and have to buy a new part from Sweden.

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    Try a thicker stiffer needle that won't bend as easily.
    The weight or pull of the fabric, can bend a springy needle out of the correct position.

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    With all this good tips, you're sure to fix the problem. Good luck and let us know how it went.

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    Be sure you have the right plate on the machine...single hole for straight stitch and the needle is in the middle position...or the zigzag plate for different needle positions.

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    i have a viking also and i've run into this when the needle isn't up in the shaft all the way.

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    Make sure the needle plate is sitting correctly and that you put a straight needle in with the flat side facing away from you. Make sure you push it up far enough in the slot. Throw any used or bent needles away. All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serenitybygrace
    I don't know about your machine. On my machine, I have to turn a knob to put the needle in the right position, left position or middle position. I don't know if there is anything on your machine to adjust the position of the needle or not. Is there a shop in your area that you can find that services &/sells Husqvara machines? They may be able to help you over the telephone or let you know if it needs to go to the shop.
    I know how frustrating it is when you can't get your machine to work properly.
    I love your username; my middle name is Grace and my granddaughter's name is Serenity Grace

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    THANK YOU,THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who gave me some advise!!! I love it here, I have learned so much from so many of you!! I can finally SEW AGAIN!!! YAHOOOOOOOOO!!!
    I read all the comments and tried all of the suggestions, I was even getting ready to calls suggested from others to help me! OMGoodness,Thanks to GabbyAbby and to JanRN, it was my plate!!!!
    I first tried to push it back, and no luck then I took the plate off and put it back into place! And you know the rest, well I 'll tell ya! My needle doesn't hit the plate anymore!!!!
    It's going to be Smooth Sailing for this Newbee let me tell you! Well at least for the moment!LOL
    Thanks to all my fellow quilters who offered their assistance! May you be blessed with straight cutting,easy stitching and fabulous fabrics for fabulous quilts forever!!!

    Thanks Again
    Qweenbee~Beth Anne

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