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Stop motion knob won't tighten

Hi, I am in the middle of a charity project, trying to make 100 potholders by Friday. My bobbin thread ran out so I filled it, now I can't tighten the stop motion knob back up. When I turn it to try and tighten it, it just moves the needle up and down. Doesn't seem to be engaging in anything that will tighten.

I saw your other responses but can't figure them out for my machine (an old Wards Signature). I haven't sewn in awhile, but I seem to recall having this problem in the past and there is a simple trick to fix it, but can't remember what!

There isn't any screw in the little screw hole on the stop motion knob, but I couldn't find one that had fallen out and the machine was working just fine before the bobbin thread ran out.

The potholders are for Meals on Wheels, and they really need them so I want to help them. Can you help me?

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  • KateHaars Dec 06, 2008

    "Remove the stop motion wheel ..."



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Remove the stop motion wheel and you will see another part that is loose(looks kind of like a washer with ears on it). Reposition this on the shaft and put the stop motion wheel back on. The stop motion wheel was too loose and it allowed the washer to fall off the shaft. The screw is nice to have and it keeps the washer from falling off the shaft but it's not absolutely necessary to use the machine. Just be caredul when winding the bobbin.
sewman7

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

  • John Free Dec 09, 2008

    Remove the stop motion wheel( actually it is a screw) in the center of the handwheel by holding the handwheel still and turning the stop motion wheel to the left.
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