Can't unscrew my sewing machine's throat plate

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stitch99 says

and be prepared, if the machine hasn't been cleaned in quite a while you might have quite a sight of ick when you take off that throat plate : )

Posted at 3:37 pm Jan 2, 2010 EST

don't unscrew, it might be a pop-up! my old old kenmores and singers have a pop up plate, it looks just like screws but you just pull up on the front of the plate and it pops off.

Got a lecture from my repair guy when I unscrewed the screws (long ago and three repair guys back).

Posted at 3:46 pm Jan 2, 2010 EST

I can't remember offhand what model it is. It's a lovely avacado color from either the 60s or 70s. I think it's 158.000. I am only trying to unscrew it because I did that with my 2 year old Brother when I used it to get all the fleece lint out. It was probably last cleaned in Oct. when the former owner of the machine brought it in to the shop because it was inoperable. I do think the dude cleaned it, but I have been sewing for two months without having cleaned & oiled. I could never go that long on my Brother!

If it is a pop-up, how do I move it? I know the cover for the bobbin shuttle area slides to the side, but on my Brother, you just open a little door.

Posted at 6:00 pm Jan 2, 2010 EST

tizank says

Hi im your sewing machine mechanic. You can simply use a long screw driver that extends beyond the head of the machine to engage the screws on the needle plate.

Ben M
www.sewingmachineryrepair.com

Posted at 4:20 am Jan 3, 2010 EST

err, tizank, I don't think you're my mechanic. Maybe you're a puppet trying to drop links to get higher search engine rankings?

Posted at 12:35 pm Jan 3, 2010 EST

gremlygirl says

My needle plate just comes off when I pull it forward. Try searching for your machine's manual online -- you may find it in PDF form.

Posted at 12:41 pm Jan 3, 2010 EST

I've got a short stumpy screw driver for just this purpose, and I don't go to sewing machine repair shops that spam my forums.

I've had better luck with a very short screwdriver than with a longer one.

Posted at 12:41 pm Jan 3, 2010 EST

www.tias.com/173/PictPage/1922494765.html

I found my machine! And to the people who told me to look up the manual online, I did post that I had already gotten the manual months ago. I don't want you to think I'm ignoring your suggestions.

If you go to the site, you can see where the needle is in the image. To the left of that is a shuttle for the bobbin. I have to slide that metal part out to get to the bobbin, but on the right of the needle is the screwed down.

This is the machine I learned on. cdn.overstock.com/images/products/L11159985.jpg
On the front of the machine, is the case for the shuttle & bobbin. But that metal thingy where the needle and presser foot are unscrew on this machine, and I have always had to remove gobs of fleece lint from it.

Posted at 2:43 pm Jan 3, 2010 EST

in order to clean the machine, you don't need to take the right plate off. I have had machines for years and have never had to take the side plates off. I use a pipe cleaner to get to the area around the bobbin and if it needs a more thorough cleaning, I take it to a shop. If you go inside any further than that, you might damage your machine.

Posted at 3:20 pm Jan 3, 2010 EST

in order to clean the machine, you don't need to take the right plate off. I have had machines for years and have never had to take the side plates off. I use a pipe cleaner to get to the area around the bobbin and if it needs a more thorough cleaning, I take it to a shop. If you go inside any further than that, you might damage your machine.

Posted at 3:20 pm Jan 3, 2010 EST

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