Below is a picture of all the parts I’ll need for today’s project – reassembly of the needle bar.
I needed to refer to my previous posts and Needle bar removal Part 1 and Needle bar removal Part 2 to refresh my memory and give me an idea of where to start since the Assembly Manual was a bit lacking. The first step I took was to re-install the “bar hook”. The tricky part here was knowing how tight to tighten the screw. If you go too tight the bar won’t move. I’m not sure, but I suspect it’s supposed to move because it has a spring attached.
Then oiled needle bar and placed it in Mrs. Rusty with the flat part of the top of the bar (see photo below) toward the arm of the machine. Inserted the set screw and tightened it. The assembly manual states to adjust for correct height, but that can’t be done until the bobbin assembly is in place.
I then placed the thread guard into the clamp body.
Then placed the clamp body onto end of needle bar. It will let you push it up less than an inch so you don’t have to worry about going too far up the bar. The clamp position screw is attached last.
Last, the needle bar plug was replaced. It didn’t slide in nicely, so I had to use my rubber mallet to gently coerce it into position.
I had a few parts left over, but those likely are part of the presser bar, which I’ll do next time.