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How to Assemble your Needle Clamp

by Sarah

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. 

So, I hope that this was helpful! If you have any comments or questions be sure to leave them in the comment section below. If you want to come and hang out with our sewing community, come visit us online at sewingpartsonline.com at Facebook, Twitter @sewingparts, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Instagram. We’re everywhere. Be sure to like this video, share this video and subscribe to our Youtube page for our next sewing video!

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Doris Harris December 8, 2022 - 8:36 pm

I have a Pc 6500 Brother sewing/embroiery machine the needle clamp part that holds the tiny pin a nd screw holder broke,
Ihave the part,but can not get the broken holder ( part 6 ) off. need directions how to get it off. I really like the machine
and have lots of cards for foradditional patterns.
HELP !!!!!!

CustomerService December 9, 2022 - 11:04 am


To better assist with this, please call us at 888-824-1192 and we will be happy to have our tech speak with you.

Rebecca Riley February 14, 2021 - 10:18 am

Thank you so much for this video. My needle clamp keeps falling off. Now I know why. It’s missing two parts! Have no idea how that happened but I’m ordering a new one. Thanks again

How To Thread A Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine? January 31, 2020 - 12:18 am

[…] on the left and pass it through the eye of the take-up lever. Bring it down and pass through the needle clamp guide and thread the needle from front to back. Pull about 8 inches of thread loose below the presser […]

Mary Bogart May 24, 2019 - 3:24 pm

I have a PC 8200 and the needle clamp broke so I need to replace it. Not sure how to remove the broken part and wonder if “Needle Clamp assembly Brother XZ0001051AS will fit my machine. I know this is an old machine, but it works like a charm and I would like to fix it. Do I need a special tool to remove the broken one on the machine?

CustomerService May 30, 2019 - 10:41 am

To better assist you, please call us at 888-824-1192 and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Kristin April 24, 2020 - 12:15 pm

Hi! Thank you so much for this video. I’m a pretty novice sew-er, and trying to make coronavirus masks. This whole piece fell out and I thought I broke my machine, especially the teeny thread guide. Using your video, I was able to put it all back together and may make masks another day. I really appreciate your video!

Jenny Amstutz January 29, 2019 - 1:09 pm

Hi my name is Jenny couple of months I order needle clamps for my Brothers SE400 sewing machine I got exactly what I order. I replace the old part with the new part but the needle still keeps
falling. I want to know if there is another needle clam that is comparable to the SE400 machine I would like to replace the needle clamp with one that is more sturdy the original is to flimsy.
I will appreciate any help.
P.S. I was very happy with the fast delivery.

Karen Miller February 5, 2018 - 3:19 pm

Singer model 3820. My needle clamp popped of my machine. Can’t seem to get it assembled & put back on my machine. Help! In the middle of seeing a wedding gown.

Sarah February 16, 2018 - 1:37 pm

Oh no! They’re tricky. You can give us a call at 888-824-1192 and ask to have Dennis (our technician) walk you through putting it back together if you have all the parts.

Beth K December 16, 2017 - 8:37 pm

I have a Viking Emerald and my needle broke and I cant get the new needle to stay in. Can you tell me what I need to order inorder to fix it?

Sarah December 19, 2017 - 10:49 am

Hi! You may need a new needle assembly or new clamp screw. Do you know which Emerald model you have?

Nelda Cerda November 5, 2017 - 11:23 pm

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

Sarah November 6, 2017 - 11:48 am

Hi! Would you please send us what part of your machine you need assistance with? Please email us at [email protected]

Jean July 22, 2017 - 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.

Sarah July 24, 2017 - 9:20 am

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

Lydia July 2, 2017 - 6:09 pm

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

Sarah July 3, 2017 - 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

Marcene Crawford June 3, 2017 - 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.

Sarah June 5, 2017 - 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

Grandma Joyce May 30, 2017 - 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.

Sarah May 31, 2017 - 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!

tim May 26, 2017 - 8:29 pm

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

Sarah May 30, 2017 - 8:50 am

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

Grandma Joyce May 30, 2017 - 9:47 pm

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

M holt May 22, 2017 - 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.

Sarah May 23, 2017 - 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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