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Thread: Screwdriver Needed for FW

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    Screwdriver Needed for FW

    I need a small screwdriver to take the plate off my FW to clean out the lint. The screw at the back is very sticky and the small screwdriver that I do have is too tall to fit there, so I am only able to turn the screw about 1/8th of a turn each time. I recall seeing someone post on here a link to a company that sells a sewing machine screwdriver that is about the size of a dime and costs $8-10. I did a search but cannot find the link to it. Does anyone know where I could find this tool?
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    You can get a "bent" screwdriver at a hardware store. The shaft looks like a "L" with the short leg having the "blade" at the end.

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    Just go to a hardware store...you can find a stubby one that will work just fine.
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    Morko Industries makes a flat screwdriver about the size of a quarter. It's essential for screws on the bed of the machine, for me, anyway.

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    I googled Morko Industries and didn't come up with a site with screwdrivers but rather industrial scales. Do you have the link to the one with the screwdriver? I have the stubbies but they are still to large to use on my Brother 700II embr. machine. I have had to use a dime to remove the throat plate and it's a bugger!!
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    Flat Screwdriver

    Quote Originally Posted by Canada Kate View Post
    I need a small screwdriver to take the plate off my FW to clean out the lint. The screw at the back is very sticky and the small screwdriver that I do have is too tall to fit there, so I am only able to turn the screw about 1/8th of a turn each time. I recall seeing someone post on here a link to a company that sells a sewing machine screwdriver that is about the size of a dime and costs $8-10. I did a search but cannot find the link to it. Does anyone know where I could find this tool?
    This is a picture of the flat screwdriver that came with my Elna. You could try to find one similar at your hardware store. Mine is about the size of a quarter.
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    I'm sorry, It's MorKo Products and the item is a throat plate screwdriver.

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    I have a little screwdriver similar to the Morko, which I got at Sears, I think. If you still have trouble turning the screw, it might be good to try some penetrating oil on it. It will seep in around the screw and help to break down any rust around it.
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    stubby screwdriver search on Google came up with a bunch of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    I'm sorry, It's MorKo Products and the item is a throat plate screwdriver.
    Great! You're going to cost me some $$....neat embroidery tools!!

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    I use a small ratchet that has a screwdriver adapter and can interchange different size tips. You can usually find these in inexpensive (and up) sets at hardware chains. They may even still have some leftover stocking stuffer items like this. It has a low enough profile to get at most bed screws, but I can still get some strength behind it for stubborn stuff.
    I have a screw driver and YouTube--I can fix it!

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I have located a ratchet one at www.leevalley.com; the best part is that it's $8 and I can get it here in Ottawa.
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    Short screwdrivers don't make it for me. I use a long one (about 12 inches) that gets over everything. You can find them for just a few bucks at your local hardware store.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Oh DRATZ ! I cannot find the name now. this is a problem I was having and scoured all over and came up with a ratcheting screwdriver set that is small and short to help with those screws on the needle plate and the feed dogs sometimes. I wanted one that fits into the slot CORRECTLY, not on an angle, so that the screw head will not strip or start to strip. I found one at HF for just under $10 which is working fine most of the time. the good one is made for gunsmiths and the cost about $25 (which is on my want list). one I break the hold, using the ratchet handle, I just pull out the head and finger it out.

    we need a thread just for tools of the trade (oops hobby) of what we use that works. from toothpicks, cotton swabs, screwdrivers, needle nose pliars, oils, cleaners to sledge hammers (sorry miriam). anything that we use that helps us in our work(hobby).

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    my ratchet
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    I love my Chapman 8900 screw driver set. Hollow ground bits that don't slip out and a slick little ratchet.

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