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How to Remove Needle Plate Cover Full Guide of 2024

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A needle plate cover is an essential part of a sewing machine. It contains holes for the needle to pass through during the sewing process to deliver the threads that make up the stitches to the fabric.

It covers the bobbin and also includes steam marks to help you judge how far from the edge of the fabric or sewing machine you are sewing.

How do you remove a needle plate cover?

First remove the frame around the cover plate, depending on the design of your sewing machine. With the frame off, you can now access the bobbin cover. I can easily pull this off the sewing machine to expose the bobbin. Remove the bobbin.

Now you can access the needle plate cover. Loosen the screws holding it in place. Usually there are two. If they are loose, put a finger under the stitch plate to lift it up, while you can use the other hand to lift it off the sewing machine.

Step by Step Guide to Removing a Needle Plate Cover

Method 1. Removing the Needle Plate Manually

Step 1. To remove the stitch plate, start by raising the needle. This is because the stitch plate is directly under the needle. Failure to raise the needle will injure your hands while trying to pry open the needle plate. Or you could break the needle.

Step 2. Now that your needle cannot hurt or break you by removing the stitch plate, you can turn off the machine.

Be sure the sewing machine. power supply so that I completely turned it off and no electrical current flows through it. This ensures that it is now safe to work on the machine without fear of electric shock.

Step 3. Raise the presser foot. This gives you access to the needle and the holder. First remove the needle from the sewing machine, then the presser foot and presser foot ankle.

By removing these parts from the sewing machine, you have more room to move while working to remove the needle plate cover.

Step 4. If you have other attachments on your sewing machine near the needle plate, pull them carefully, loosen them or unscrew them from the sewing machine. This includes an embroidery unit or a flatbed attachment.

Step 5. Now you only have a clean stitch plate cover. Before you can reach the stitch plate, you must remove the frame that holds this area together.

The frame surrounds the needle plate and the bobbin case cover. Removing it gives you access to the bobbin cover, bobbin and needle plate cover.

Step 6. The bobbin cover is closest to you. Slide the latch open and pull it up and away from the sewing machine. This will release the bobbin case, which you can also remove, leaving plenty of room to maneuver the needle plate cover of your sewing machine.

Step 7. All of the above steps cleared the path so that the needle plate cover can come off easily. Now that nothing is blocking it, put your right finger on the latch.

Reach to the left side of the back of the stitch plate with your left hand and locate an indentation and hold your finger in place. Place your left thumb on the front of the needle plate cover.

Depending on your sewing machine, instead of a latch, you find your stitch plate cover held in place with two screws on each side. Use a screwdriver or other sharp object to loosen the screws, pull them off and put them away safely for when you return the needle plate.

Step 8. Now slide the stitch plate cover towards you as gently as possible. Or flip up the latch and lift it out of position by gently sliding it toward you with both hands to remove it from the sewing machine.

By removing the stitch plate, you can thread the bobbin properly and identify the cause of any problems with your sewing. It also allows you to lubricate the sewing machines in these parts that are difficult to see. They are important parts that must be able to move easily, especially when sewing.

If the parts under the needle plate cover with threads or poorly lubricated, you will have trouble sewing. This is because the needle is not moving as fast as normal, nor is it moving in time at the bobbin threads. So your sewing will pucker, tear and look ugly.

Method 2. Automatically removing the needle plate

Step 1. Raise the needle. This gives you enough room to pull out the needle plate cover. Depending on your sewing machine, it also offers space to open your needle plate cover and stay in place while checking the thread position and lubricating your sewing machine.

Step 2. Raise with the presser foot and presser foot holder as well. expunge them if necessary. This gives you room to reach your bobbin area and under your needle plate cover.

Also remove any other attachments that you have attached to your sewing area. Besides your presser foot, you can use accessories on your sewing machine that make sewing easier and more comfortable. Remove all these things from the stitch plate.

Step 3. Depending on the type of your sewing machine, you will see a button at the bottom on the right. Press this button

Your stitch plate cover will open automatically. Gives you access to the bobbin and the inside of your sewing machine.

Why is the sewing needle touching the needle plate cover?

When you are sewing, you will occasionally hear unusual noises from your sewing machine. These are noises are made when your sewing process is not as smooth as it should be. This could be because your sewing machine is dealing with several defects.

One of the most common sewing machine failures is when your needle hits the needle plate cover while sewing.

This problem occurs if the needle of your sewing machine is bent or broken. Sewing machine needles should regularly, especially if you use the sewing machine regularly. If you don’t, it may break or bend, causing your sewing to pucker. Remove your broken or bent needle from the sewing machine as soon as you see it.

Another reason your needle may hit the needle plate cover is that your needle plate . You must remove these and install them properly to continue with your sewing project.

Third, you may make a stitch that is not compatible with the presser foot you are using. If so, you will need to replace your presser foot.

Check that you have the right presser foot by turning the handwheel counterclockwise and check that the needle does not touch the needle plate cover.

How to Maintain Your Sewing Machine Bobbin

A bobbin is one of the most important parts of a sewing machine. It ensures that a stitch fits snugly against the fabric being sewn. The needle sews the top stitch and then collects thread from the bobbins ew the bottom bobbing stitch.

To properly care for a bobbin in your sewing machine, make sure you always use the correct bobbin for your sewing machine. The wrong bobbin can further destroy the bobbin case and you will need to replace both.

Another way to take care of your bobbin and sewing machine is to use the correct needle to sew the different fabrics you are sewing. The wrong needle hits the bobbin wrong and will damage it along with your fabric and sewing machine.

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.