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Bernina Patchwork 140 handwheel is getting stiff to turn

Is that normal? Does it need oiling?

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A stiff handwheel can be a simple as a thread stuck in the raceway or as severe as a failed uppershaft bushing.

Using your instruction manual, perform the basic maintenance and see if that helps. If not, take it to a repair person for evaluation.

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