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    Needle plate screw driver

    Hello fellow quilters. I have been having issues with some of my machines lately and have doing maintenance on them. Over a year ago there was a thread here that someone posted flat screw drivers for the needle plate that would make it easy to unscrew under the head of the machine and the foot as well. I never saved it thinking it was cool but just another expense. Now I realize that sometimes I just HAVE to keep collecting these toys because ultimately I am going to need them. I cannot find it in the archives. Does ANYONE have these tools or remember the information??????? Thanks for your help.

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    Was it a source for the really short palm screwdriver? I remember reading something like that but can't remember the source.

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    You need what I call a 'z shaped screwdriver'. This is available at many stores (Home Depot, etc.). Looks like this: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...PpLdSp0AGqlIBA

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    I bought a very short, stubby screwdriver from Harbor Freight. The entire thing is less than 1 1/2 inches long. It's very inexpensive - I think I paid 50 cents for it. Bought one for each machine.

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    Here is the site http://www.morkoproducts.com/throat-...crewdriver.php

    It is a necessary tool for me! I have the 6600 and I only replace the front screw and have never had a problem.


    QUOTE=onthemove;5705562]Hello fellow quilters. I have been having issues with some of my machines lately and have doing maintenance on them. Over a year ago there was a thread here that someone posted flat screw drivers for the needle plate that would make it easy to unscrew under the head of the machine and the foot as well. I never saved it thinking it was cool but just another expense. Now I realize that sometimes I just HAVE to keep collecting these toys because ultimately I am going to need them. I cannot find it in the archives. Does ANYONE have these tools or remember the information??????? Thanks for your help.[/QUOTE]

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    These are the two that I have. Both came with my machine so I can't give you a source. You should be able to get either of them at most hardware stores though - even if you have to improvise for the flat one - just make sure that you have the correct size to fit the screw on your machine.


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    I have the UFO looking one in the picture. It works great. I don't remember where or how I got it. I think it came with one of my machines.
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    Every hardware store will have stubby screwdrivers. You don't really need something labeled for sewing machines.

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    Harbor Freight has the short ratchet one--I think it was about 3.95...but you can substitute a flat washer also--just match the thickness to the slot in your screws and slip a chain (etc) thru the hole so you won't lose it.

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    I keep a dime in my sewing bx. just the right thickness for the screws in the plate

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    I have the short stubby screwdriver from Clotilde's catalog--like it best because its easier to hold than the z shaped one which I also have. Coins and washers don't work well for me because of arthritis in fingers and can't grip very well at times. Think I paid $3.00 for mine--well worth it. Only about 1 1/2 inches high and works perfectly on my Brother and Pfaff.

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    Thanks everyone. I have tried the stubbies and they are too big. The screw driver I had in mind is very much like the one that snipforfun posted. I will try that one and hope for the best. Happy holidays all!!!!

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    For those that don't like the Z-style ones ....... someone posted a pic of some that had a traditional handle on them with the steel going straight out and then an "L" with the point on the end.

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    I use a mini racheting type as I have very little strength in my hand. Like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2ZSTDEXO9VTZF

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    I also swear by the coin: I use a 5 Cent piece which is about the size of your dime (Euros here, just incase someone of thid region needs the info). It fits all small screws in the machine such as changing needles and pressure feet etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom View Post
    I keep a dime in my sewing bx. just the right thickness for the screws in the plate
    I had some Canadian change left over from a trip and I keep the coins in my sewing box. Great for those screws. Sometimes even the stubby ones are to tall to get the needle plate screws out.

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    My BabyLock came with a flat piece about the size of a nickel with a short flat piece for the driver part. I saw someone using one and thought it was neat. Happened to be looking in my attachment box and I had one and didn't even know it. Very useful
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    The little,round screwdriver that comes with the Brother machines is a handy one. Perhaps you could obtain one from a dealer?

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    rjwilder... the site that you put up is the set I was looking for. Someone had posted it last year and I never bookmarked it. Thank you. I love this board and its members!

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    Tooltron sells a stubby screwdriver that is just the right size for about $3.
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    This is the coolest thing, I am ordering one right now. What a difference this will make in trying to unscrew that darn plate screw. Thank you so much for the link.


    Quote Originally Posted by snipforfun View Post
    Here is the site http://www.morkoproducts.com/throat-...crewdriver.php

    It is a necessary tool for me! I have the 6600 and I only replace the front screw and have never had a problem.


    QUOTE=onthemove;5705562]Hello fellow quilters. I have been having issues with some of my machines lately and have doing maintenance on them. Over a year ago there was a thread here that someone posted flat screw drivers for the needle plate that would make it easy to unscrew under the head of the machine and the foot as well. I never saved it thinking it was cool but just another expense. Now I realize that sometimes I just HAVE to keep collecting these toys because ultimately I am going to need them. I cannot find it in the archives. Does ANYONE have these tools or remember the information??????? Thanks for your help.
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    save your money I use a coin like a penny, dime or nickel.
    Have a nice day and a safe one too!

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    My Juki TL98QE has a small screwdriver type thing, kind of round with four different size screw heads. I also have a short stubby screwdriver I use also.
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    Snipforfun, thank you for the web site for the throat plate screwdriver. I have one, love it and have wanted to get another one to put away for when I lose the first one. Cant believe I haven't lost it yet. Sure works great.

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