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Hand wheel won't turn

I replaced the belts on my Necchi 535 FA and now the hand wheel won't turn. It's like it's locked in place. The motor hums so I know it's working but won't move anything. The stop motion knob is tight so I don't think that's the problem. Please help. Thanks.

PS - This is one of the good old machines that has no electronics in it whatasoever.

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  • mrsvjones Jun 27, 2009

    The belts were replaced because they were threadbare. Can you tell me what the correct position would be for the idler pulley. I am wondering if I have it too tight. How much tension is the right amount on the belts?

  • Paul Howell
    Paul Howell May 11, 2010

    If the belts were loose or removed, would the handwheel still be locked? The 535 has an adjustable idler pulley which may need getting in the optimum position.

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The belts needed for this machine are very specific in size, particularly the small one. The wrong belts will not work.

Look carefully at the bracket that holds the pulley. There are two screws that hold it in place. Loosen them slightly and run the machine and the pulley bracket may move on its own to where it needs to be. If not, you must find the right spot where it is tight enough not to slip and not too tight to bind.

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Sorry the needle is not going down,


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