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Elna su flywheel won't turn.

The machine has been setting in storage for years. It was given to me recently and I am trying to get it ready to use. The motor tries to run when I press on the foot pedal, but the flywheel won't turn. Is there something else I should can do or should I take it in for service?

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I'd suggest if its been in storage for a while, then a good clean and service would be benficial to the machine. However, just double check that the clutch is engaged, either a button on the flywheel (carina) or hold the outside of the flywheel and turn the inside wheel towards you to unlock, away to lock.

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On the Carina SU there is a button on the flywheel to disengage when winding a bobbin. Be sure this button is pushed in.

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