by blueeyedblonde 22 Aug 2018

Need some input. I was taking the coverplate off on my machine but I loosened both screws and went to finish taking out one of them when it popped out of my fingers and fell into the machine.

Any suggestions as to what (I can try other than taking it to the dealer/repairman?

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by girlfriday 25 Aug 2018

Try a telescoping magnet for picking up things in awkward places. You can get that inside your machine.

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 28 Aug 2018

Thanks. Had tried that

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by shirley124 23 Aug 2018

So pleased to hear you contacted your dealer and got advice from him. Glad it was a successful. I dropped a needle down the needle plate on my Janome 11000 a couple of years ago. I tried unsuccessfully to tip it out and managed to get it jammed and had to take it to the dealer. A 5 hour+ round trip. I learnt my lesson. I now cover the needle plate when I am changing a needle.

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gerryb by gerryb 24 Aug 2018

I do too!

blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 24 Aug 2018

Too bad we have to learn the hard way! You'd think that by now we would know better.

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by blueeyedblonde 23 Aug 2018

Thanks everyone for your input. Sent my dealer an email today and 1/2hour later I had a reply.
He said to take off the end cap. Which I did, looked with light, couldn't see anything, tried tipping it a little but too heavy for me to handle by myself. Got hubby to come and he looked and then tipped it a bit more than I had and gave a little bit of a shake and wahlah! It fell out!
I did the happy dance (but sitting ).
This past year has been rough! I did no sewing of any kind for over 3 months. Then tried and managed to do very little. I now feel much better and wanted to do some embroidery but figured after the machine has pretty much hardly used for so long, that I should clean under bobbin etc. And then ended up with a loose screw!
Now I can get busy! Yay!

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 25 Aug 2018

Great news...glad you called your dealer before making the long trip...and even better that he gave you the solution!!

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by fontmomma 23 Aug 2018

Probably need to have a service guy get it out. Not wise to use a magnet if it is a computer machine. That would destroy it. Been there and did that..I use something to cover the opening while I put the screw back in.

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girlfriday by girlfriday 25 Aug 2018

Using a magnet at that end of the machine is fine. After all, there are magnetic hoops and they don't destroy the machine. Just keep them away from the right side (computer side) of your machine.

sewist1 by sewist1 26 Aug 2018

Girl Friday is right . It won't destroy tour machine. The only part of the machine which could be affected by a magnet is the computer part and it is not at that end of the machine.

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by dragonflyer 23 Aug 2018

Before I would make the drive...I would call the dealer/repair man and ask if it will matter...and if you can just get another screw for the needle plate. I have heard that Baby Lock makes the base of the machines so that if you drop a needle through the needle plate, it should fall and rest at a place that will not matter to the function of the machine...may be the same for the small screw...anyway, it can't hurt to ask...good luck!

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 23 Aug 2018

Thanks.

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by killiecrankie 22 Aug 2018

It might be possible to rest the machine on its side & unscrew the bottom enough to shake it out.If it is rattling around on the inside & you can't get it out ,what about just leaving it there & find another screw to replace the one you lost .
I lost a broken needle inside my machine which I couldn't get out & the machine worked perfectly.

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 23 Aug 2018

We have tried a few things but they didn't work. Will try one more time tomorrow and if it doesn't worl them will have to see the dealer.
Thanks.

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by shirley124 22 Aug 2018

Oh no. I would suggest to take it to the dealer if it does not come out when you turn the machine upside down. It is only a 5 minute job for them. Hugs

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 23 Aug 2018

Thanks. I may have to do that but it is an hour drive each way plus labou.

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by pennyhal2 22 Aug 2018

Can you see the screw? Seems like bottle noes pliers might be able to reach down there and grab it.

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 23 Aug 2018

No they won't work. Can't see the screw.

blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 23 Aug 2018

Thanks.

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by gerryvb 22 Aug 2018

both suggestions below me do work, I know, it happened to me once too....So give it a try

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 22 Aug 2018

Thanks.

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by antjemaus22 22 Aug 2018

With the help of another person - turn the machine up-side-down.
It worked for me !!

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 22 Aug 2018

Will give that a try. Thanks.

pennifold by pennifold 22 Aug 2018

I've done that too! Love Chris

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by pennifold 22 Aug 2018

Yes, get one of those magnetic screwdrivers that can pick it up or any type of magnet that will help you lift it out. Love Chris

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 22 Aug 2018

Can't seem to find anything small enough to go in - hubby tried that.
Thanks.

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