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Hand wheel hard to turn, won't sew

My sewing machine is older (Kenmore 158.18131) and hasn't been used for a while, and on taking it out, I discovered that it is very difficult to turn the hand wheel. It's so stuck that the motor can't make the mechanism turn, even though it sounds like it's running fine. I oiled all the points shown in the user manual, inside and out, cleaned the bobbin case, and checked that there's no thread stuck anywhere.
Do I need to get it professionally cleaned, and how much would that be vs. just buying a new one? (this one is maybe 20 years old)

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  • sbouchard Nov 04, 2007

    If the raceway is the housing that the bobbin and bobbin case sits in, I took that all apart and there is nothing inside. The balance wheel (if that's the same as the hand wheel?) does not turn easily whether the stop motion is in or out. I already oiled everything earlier...I am wondering if there is old oil gumming up the works because since oiling this morning, it is actually more difficult to move.

  • sbouchard Nov 05, 2007

    Somehow the computer rated your last solution before I could try it. Thanks for your help so far, and I'll let you know how it goes.

  • sbouchard Nov 10, 2007

    It looks like the oil just needed time to soak in. I let it sit for a week, and came back to it today to see if it was the belt, and everything was moving beautifully. Thanks for your suggestions!

  • kwheaton Jun 05, 2008

    I have a White 915 only about 1.5 years old. The bobbin wheel works fine but it won't sew and the hand wheel is very hard to turn. It sounds like the motor wants to run but can't. There is no thread stuck anywhere and everything is oiled. I was sewing along quite happily and then all of a sudden it started to slow down even with the foot peddle down and then stopped altogether. help!!

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    I took apart the balance wheel to oil it, since my machine had not been used in awhile. Now I can't get the balance wheel back where the machine will work. Can anyone help?

  • joannm Mar 15, 2009

    singer model 9005 hand wheel is very hard to turn and is straining to sew...



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Hair! If you have longer hair and if you get stragglers, check the thread take up lever assembly. A few rotating barrels that wind up the hair like a vacuum's beater bar. That's what happened to mine. Loosen any set screws and pry apart with one hand and work the hair out with a tool such as needlenose pliers. Hope this helps.

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You put the hook (the half moon thing with a sharp point on it) in the machine by placing it opposite the little curved bar. Make sure it is seated properly on the ridge. The you take the race, the circular part with a small plate on the top and place that over the hook(the plate side will be facing up). It will only fit a certain way, it could have a slot that a notch fits into (that is usually how it goes). Then slide the arms over it and they will snap into place. Once done, turn the handwheel and make sure everything moves smoothly. If not, you'll need to start over as something isn't seated correctly. Then you can install the bobbin case as usual.

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