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Hand wheel will turn backwards, but not forward

I have a new singer 3116 and the hand wheel works fine as long as your turning it backwards. But when you turn it forward it lowers the needle but when it gets to the bottom the hand wheel stops turning.

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same problem and i have only used this twice. No one knows how to fix it my mom nor my granny. Somebody please help!!!!!

  • adam_658 Jan 27, 2009

    Hey I just watched the dvd that came with the machine, and anyway the problem was the clutch was engaged. I don't really know what that means, but if the guest who was having the same trouble wants to email me, I can give a better explanation.

  • 81georgia Feb 23, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have used the machine approx. 4 times. Any ideas? I have had several singer machines through the years and never had this problem.

  • call2humanit
    call2humanit Jun 17, 2012

    I just had the same problem, and lo and behold it was the bobbin winder shaft was pushed to the right i.e for when you're winding the bobbin. So you guys can check that out cuz i just spent an hour reading up solutions to a similar problem and it was that easy :S

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Can't turn hand wheel



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Here is some troubleshooting
Download your manual.

Ok I know that youve checked this, but I have to ask.
Pg 39
Check and make sure the reverse lever isnt engaged.

I'm looking at pg 27 and see you have a traditional bobbin casing (not a drop in) make sure your bobbin is wound well and the case is inserted correctly. (they are picky)
Change your needle make sure its in right and tight. (I have bent many a needle just slightly, and it causes huge issues with this particular type of bobbin casing)
Pg 35 gives a test for the bobbin tension. If your thread rolls, the tension is too loose, OR the case may have gotten damaged.

Lets see if this helped.
Good luck

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Michaelle Jan 29, 2009

    I am glad your able to sew again.
    Happy Sewing!



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