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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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Re: Hand wheel hard to turn, won't sew

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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SOURCE: bobbin threading

hi! well! everything is gonna be fine,make sure the thread was wine on clockwise rotation as shown on figures if this similar to your bobbins anyway this is just a sample how to set up bobbinsf1d210b.jpgthe thread is inserted on slot of bobbins case to acquire a tension tread. then hold bobbins on spindle while the needle of machine is on higher shown on figures2320d1b.jpgthen inset this on shuttle hook case as shown on figures.d60bb50.jpgthen after bobbins was set up on shuttle case the thread of bobbins will hook up by the thread of needle by rotating the handwheel manually by your hand be sure the top thread was set up properly.just let me know if the procedure can help.

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SOURCE: Kenmore Sewing maching 158 15510: sewing mechanism

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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SOURCE: Manual for older kenmore sewing machine

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SOURCE: how to thread the bobbin on a singer touch and sew model # 625

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Have a Kenmore 1357. Was working perfectly until I began sewing satin ruffle onto fleece. Seems to siege. Needle won't even try to go into material. Just goes to top of presser foot and stops.

Is it a mechanical machine (not computerized)? Did you oil the internal metal parts that rub against other metal parts? With an older mechanical machine, frequently the old oil turns to goo and sticks things rather than lubricates. Use only fresh good quality sewing machine oil. Hand rotate the wheel and place 2 drops of oil every place metal rubs metal (including the bobbin area). To help loosen things, direct hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the interior of the machine.

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