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Breaking a needle question (pix added)

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When you break a needle, does your retaining finger usually break, too?  I have broken two needles in the four years that I have had my machine and both times the "straight" retaining finger turns into an "L" shape.  

I am posting pictures of my two new retaining fingers in comparison with the one that bent after (or possibly before?) breaking a needle.  

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Never damaged a finger and we have broken way more than two needles between us.  If you have the L bobbin the retaining finger is an L shape.  Here is a picture of the M one looks to me like it has a slight bend.  

http://shop.apqs.com/Hook-Retaining-Finger--Style-M-_p_84.html

 

Nigel


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Wow. Never had that happen to us.  I suspect the broken piece of needle must jam between the hook and basket causing the basket to rotate and bend the finger.  Good thing you keep spares.

Nigel


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Nigel Wells - Ultimate 1 with |Intellistitch & IQ

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I've had to wait a week to get these spares.  The first time it happened to me about 4 years ago, my husband heated the metal and straightened, but since it has happened again (and I am now thinking the metal is weak), I have ordered two  so that I DO have a spare if it happens again.  

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That's crazy.  That means that your hook got shoved forward and bent the retaining finger.  You might want to check the play of your hook on its horizontal axis.  You may have a problem with your gears in the gear box.  Breaking the needle shouldn't bend the hook retaining finger, because the needle is on the other side of the hook housing.   Zeke.   


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Never seen that in my 10 years of owning APQS machines.  It's not normal.   I would contact Dawn, Barb or Angie. 


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My guess is that the finger lost contact with the bobbin basket when the needle broke, and the basket rotated catching the finger as it came around and bending it.  You might want to increase the depth of the  finger into the basket slot a bit in the future.  Jim

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