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Hard to rotate hand wheel on singer 2263

Its hard to rotate the hand wheel & problems when sewing

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  • First check the basics. Look down in the bobbin area and clean out any lint, fluff, thread, etc. Make sure it has nothing to do with the needle hitting the plate or the bobbin area. If it not a thread jam it is likely that your machine needs to be oiled. I own this model and left it in storage for the summer and it seized up like a brick. Taking it to a repair shop will run you the cost of the machine ($50-100) so it is NOT worth it and you really have nothing to lose by opening it up to tinker, which is what I did.
  • Option #1 (Less invasive) The first thing you can try is undoing the bottom plate, (4 small screws) it's just a largish white rectangle, remove the plate and there are 3 small bolts on a metal shaft that can be loosened to allow it to turn more easily. NOTE: There is a very handy youtube video on exactly how to do this. You'll need very small allen wrench (about 3/32 give or take). According to the comments, this seemed to help a lot of people.
  • Option #1 did not, however, solve my machine's problem. I had to take off the whole back plastic/resin casing. Don't freak out. It's just a few screws.
  • Option #2. First unplug the machine. Remove everything in the bobbin area (remember how it looked, take pictures if you need to) Now remove the back half of the outside casing. NOTE: You DO NOT have to remove the screws on the needle plate (flathead screws) OR the screw on the white bobbin winder thing on top (also a flathead screw) If you mess up and DO remove the bobbin winder thing, you will likely release a little nut into the interior of the machine. shake it out, and put it back where it belongs. Check to see if your belt is in place and not broken, and neither are your plastic gears stripped or broken. If they are, your problem goes beyond lubrication. If they are good, then you must oil your machine with some SEWING machine oil. ($2-4 at your local shop) Do not skimp and use WD-40.
  • Oil everywhere metal touches metal with a drop or two of oil. After every place you oil, check the wheel. Does it move? My trouble area ended up being the darker metal spoon looking shaft right in the middle. Keep going til your wheel moves freely. I had to oil about 15 places before I found my problem area. Don't forget to try places underneath (above that baseplate you removed earlier.) Replace everything. Then pat yourself on the back for fixing a machine for $4 and 30 minutes of fiddling.

  • Comment if you need clarification on my instructions. I cannot provide any info on service manuals, other sewing machine issues, or answer to what could be your problem if these 2 solutions didn't work. Remember you have nothing to lose by fiddling with a machine that is already a brick. EXCEPT if you don't unplug it. Please unplug it before you fiddle.

Option #1 - Loosening screw on wheel shaft
Fixing jammed Singer Simple 2263 sewing machine

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Thread jam, thread wrapped around handwheel shaft, machine in need of lubrication beyond what the user manual tells you, jammed gear. Time to consider taking it in for the annual COA (clean/oil/adjust) (aka sewing machine tuneup) $50-100. May be easier to replace the machine with a better one. See:

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