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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.

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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Once the handwheel loosens, slowly hand-rotate the handwheel and watch where metal parts move against each other, put a drop of oil in each of those. Be sure to move the selector knobs and oil where metal moves against metal to keep those working.

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If the oil in your tube looks dark colored, throw it out and get some new. I've run across some old sewing machine oil in the can that looked like dark honey and stunk to high heaven. Get rid of it!

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