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How to Assemble your Needle Clamp

written by John Mark T

Hey, everyone! Sarah here with Sewing Parts Online and today we’re going to learn how to assemble a needle clamp. We get asked about this a lot and it is surprisingly easy. Now, this (XZ0001051AS) is for a Brother machine. It fits most Brother and Babylocks. However, if you have a different machine, that’s okay, we do sell those parts. The principle parts are pretty much the same – it’s all pretty much the same. So, let’s jump in and get started!

So the first thing I’m going to do is clear out an open, flat area to work. We’re working with tiny parts so I recommend lying your parts on a piece of scrap fabric to stop your small screws from running away from you. You’re going to need a few additional tools for this – a flat head screwdriver and a small Allen wrench. Mine is 5/64 of an inch (2mm). Super small. So, let’s get all of our parts out and organized.

When you buy your needle clamp assembly you get 4 parts: the body, the clamp screw, the set screw, and the clamp pin. And if you’re new to sewing, or if you’ve never assembled your own, this can be pretty intimidating, but don’t worry it’s actually super simple. And if you haven’t already, make sure you also get a Thread Guide (XZ0005050). You’ll save yourself a massive headache by buying it now. So now that we’ve got everything laid out and organized, let’s assemble our needle clamp. Get your Allen wrench and your clamp screw – that’s this one – screw your set screw into the smaller hole on the body. You don’t need to run it all the way through just enough so that it’s secure and won’t fall out. This will screw into your needle rod later. 

Next, get your needle clamp pin and drop it in, pointy end first, into the large cylinder adjacent to the screw we just inserted. This is what’s going to hold your needle in place while you’re sewing. Then, grab your clamp screw and insert it on top of the clamp pin.

Next, grab your needle thread guide. Take the straight end and run it through the small square slot on the bottom of the body. When it’s all the way in, the circular part should be flush against the bottom. This will makes threading your needle much easier.

Now take the assembly to your machine and attach it to the needle rod using the smaller set screw. This will hold the thread guide in place.

Now insert your needle. If your needle doesn’t fit properly, make sure the screws are loose enough to accommodate the needle.

And that’s it – you’ve just made your very own needle clamp. 

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15 comments

Nelda Cerda November 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm

The needle holder got stuck. How do I open the side panel. Model# 385121990

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Sarah November 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

Hi! Would you please send us what part of your machine you need assistance with? Please email us at info@sewingpartsonline.com

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Jean July 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm

I have a Brothers XL- 3010. The spool holder rod got broken off
Can I buy a part and replace it myself or does it have to go to a repair shop? Also, where can I find a manual? Thank you.

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Sarah July 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

Hi, Jean! We recommend taking it to a repair shop. We have the manual here: https://goo.gl/neXja3

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Lydia July 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Hi, cant find a manuel or the correct key to remove broke needle on my Brother546d.

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Sarah July 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

Hi, Lydia! This is the manual for your machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/instruction-manual-brother-home-lock-546d.aspx
And this is the screwdriver for your needle screw: https://goo.gl/cSr5Kx

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Marcene Crawford June 3, 2017 at 7:31 am

I have a simplicity sawing machine model 9240, what size needle and thread it, it’s been along time since I’ve been on a sawing machine ,just needs some help.

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Sarah June 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

Hi, Marcene! Your machine uses these needles: https://goo.gl/FTxE6D
I recommend using either all-purpose polyester thread by Gutermann or by Coats and Clark: https://goo.gl/fJVi1C

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Grandma Joyce May 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

An easier thing to have handy when you take things apart, esp if small parts…..HEY by my sewing machine, my sewing table, etc. magnetic metallic auto tray. Comes in many sizes. In front of my sewing machine is a 3×4″ one. Sewing table, my pins are in a larger one. Find at auto parts stores. I keep a stash of them–stuck to the side of the file cabinet by sewing machine. Also invest in kids science magnetic wands. Same reasons. Sweep the floor when dropping tiny things…whether doing electrical, carpentry, sewing, these are my tools. Also have the magnetic extending ‘pen’ looks like old fashioned car antenna. Pin point end. Reach anything I would accidentally drop in the machine.
And my sewing machine is never void of a number of kelly clamp forceps in many sizes. Can you tell I come from a household of guys? Popular Mechanics and Sewing magazines are mine in this house.

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Sarah May 31, 2017 at 9:13 am

Hi, Grandma Joyce! Those are all great tips! I love the idea of using magnetics bowls. I also saw one of those extended magnetics pins – they’re awesome!

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tim May 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Nice but I still don’t know what a ‘needle clamp’ is or what it does

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Sarah May 30, 2017 at 8:50 am

Hi! The needle clamp is just the part that holds your needle in place.

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Grandma Joyce May 30, 2017 at 9:47 pm

Cute thing you slide your needle into, turn the screw to hold in place while you sew your creations.

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M holt May 22, 2017 at 8:11 pm

I would like to know if you have a needle clamp that uses a set screw to hold the needle, which will fit my modern Singer. I need to eliminate the danger of pounding my fingers to a pulp as I hold fabrics close to the needle. I would like to clear the space around the needle so fabrics don’t catch around the needle.

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Sarah May 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

Hi! I am happy to look into this for you. What is the model number of your Singer?

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