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How do you unfreeze a machine that has seized up? I have a Kenmore model17921 sewing machine that usually works great. I have been sewing a large project over the last several days and the machine developed a sweaking noise then froze. I can't turn the hand wheel at all. Any suggestions as to what the problem is?

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SOURCE: Bernette 800D seized up

Please don't use WD40 on your sewing machine, WD40 is an alcohol based cleaner and will do the opposite of lubricate. Take your machine to a certified Bernina Repair shop, they will have a look at the timing and lubricate all of your gears. Lubricant will dry out over time, grease turns to putty and oils turn to varnish after several years of non-service. Lint is attracted to moisture, moisture being those key areas of any machine. Lint acts like an oil wick and will draw out your lubricant from key areas. It then begins to attract dust and other nasty things over the years to become grit. Your motor begins to burn out due to stress trying to move all of these clocked gears, cams and shafts. Take your machine in!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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SOURCE: hand wheel won't turn and machine won't work

  • Sewing machine has been run at a low speed for an extended period of time.
  • To prevent overheating, motor power is automatically turned off.
Turn power off and wait about 20 minutes. Safety device will reset, and machine will be ready to operate, If this by chance doesn't work, Here is a diagram of a typical sewing machine. This fuse should be in the back next to the power box or motor564d4f7.gif

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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SOURCE: can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
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Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Sewing machine motor may have seized up

The oil and grease in your machine has turned into a very sticky, syrupy mess and needs to be chemically removed . My guess is that even if you were able to get the machine to turn freely it wouldn't zigzag . I really recommend that you take the machine to be professionally serviced again and do not let it sit idle.
Once it is serviced,test it before you bring it home again. These things are kind of tricky sometimes.
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Posted on Apr 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Hand wheel wont turn on my Kenmore sewing machine

it sounds like the belt to turn the wheel broke

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

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