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Topic: Replacing a needle- Brother XL-5232  (Read 1140 times)
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« on: June 23, 2011 04:44:17 PM »

As said in the thread title I own a Brother Xl-5232, and I cannot replace the needle. I checked and followed the manual but it won't come out!

I've never had a problem with this machine (I'm not even sure how old it is, it was a gift, not new then, but in new-condition), and I've used on a few projects in the ppast, but I have yet to change the needle.

Basically I just can't get the old needle out :\ Could it simply be jammed and I need to pull harder? I didn't want to risk breaking it, so here I am asking first Wink

Please help if you can! Smiley
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2011 06:57:10 AM »


It sounds like the needle has ceased into the clamp as it has not been changed for a while, this can happen with lack of use and the machine oil build up.

What i would do is remove everything you can around the needle, like the foot, stitch plate (where the feed dogs are) etc. The needle is already blunt or broken so dont worry about breaking it any further as you are going to replace the needle anyway.

Undo the small screw that is holding the needle in place and Spray with WD40 or GT85 (a lubricant for cycle chains or general lubricating of moving parts) into where the needle is clamped. Wipe way any eccess lubricant with a cloth and pull the needle out with a pair of pliers. Dont worry because you cannot break anything around the needle as you will only be pulling the needle with the pliers.

That should remove your machine needle. Before you put your new needle in clean the clamp around the needle and generally around the feed dogs and bobbin race. When you are ready make sure you insert the new needle the correct way in, one side of the needle shaft (scarf) is flat and the other side is rounded, this should match the clamp when inserted. It should insert very easy, make sure the needle sits all the way in and then tighten the clamp.

Good luck and regards.


Michael Coates - Professional English Tailor
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011 06:39:43 PM »

Thank you VERY much! Smiley I will try this as soon as I can. My main fear was that if I pulled to hard, something might snap, but I guess I'll go find my pliers Wink
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