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My hand wheel is not moving. How do I correct that?

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  • William Gilbert Apr 08, 2015

    Hi Sondra Barnes, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
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May depend on your brand and model machine. If it is older mechanical (vs computerized), it could very well need a good cleaning and oiling. Mechanicals tend to freeze if not oiled regularly.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

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Something is "jamed" material or thread in the mechanism. Look carefully top and bottom. move wheel just slightly to help see what is in the "works"

Posted on Apr 08, 2015

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In sewing mode the motor turns but needle does not move. I have checked bobbin & upper thread - any help?


1. Try to turn the hand wheel. Does the needle move?
2. Make sure the center wheel on the hand crank is tight.
Try the hand wheel now. If you still don't have luck try this.
3. Loosen the center wheel on the hand wheel. There is a small screw on the center wheel on the front or side. Loosen it until it almost comes out.
4. Now tighten the center wheel. (clockwise) Does the needle move if you move the hand wheel? If it does you can tighten the small screw.
5. If this doesn't do the job you will have to take the cover to the motor off. The motor has a bolt to loosen. As you loosen the bolt you can move the motor until it tightens the belt and makes it aligned as well. Run the motor slowly with the foot pedal and adjust the motor until it operates at it's highest speed. Now tighten. Replace all covers.
6. The belt is sometimes in need of replacing but not usual. You will know when you take the panel off.

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Why won't my old manual singer sewing machine needle move?


1. Disengage the bobbin winder.That is done by moving the arm away from the center wheel. 2. Tighten the hand wheel. When you tighten you should have resistance like a jar has. If this doesn't then continue. 3. Loosen the small screw attached to the hand wheel center lug. Now, move the hand wheel into a position where it will tighten. 4. Go ahead and tighten the small screw. Now, it should move.

Nov 19, 2014 | Singer Sewing Machines

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How do I bring up the bobbin thread?


Place bobbin correctly into machine.
Thread machine correctly.
Hold thread tail coming from needle in your left hand while moving the hand-wheel towards you so that needle goes down and then comes up all the way.
Pull up on the thread in your left hand and "voila!", the bobbin thread is up.

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Handwehell asembly


Always take a photo before you take something apart to know how to fit it together again. Is the belt too tight? is it the correct belt? Redo the procedure again and check carefully when putting it together again. Move the hand wheel a few times during assembly to make sure its loose and the belt sits properly on the motor and hand wheel gear.

Jan 11, 2014 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Hand wheel not moving


sounds as though the hand wheel at the right end of the machine needs tightening by hand to engage inner workings. Hold the larger wheel with one hand tighten the smaller wheel.

Dec 07, 2013 | Janome Memory Craft 3000

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The hand wheel is not moving the needle at all


Check the hand wheel. There should be a smaller wheeel in the center of the hand wheel. Make sure it is locked in(turn center wheel clockwise or could be counter clockwise til snug)

Dec 07, 2013 | Janome Memory Craft 3000

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The foot pedal wont move the needle


Ok, I am assuming that you have an old style machine where the hand hand wheel has the larger balance wheel on the outside and inner knob to release the drive to the needle and feed dogs. If that has been removed and not put back together properly it won't work.

There is a special locking washer inside those that have "fingers" pointing to the inside of the circle. They must be fit into the shaft correctly before the knob is returned into place and the little screw is tightened down.

This guy is a bit of a windbag but watch his video... you'll at least see the part I'm talking about. He shows the part at about 9:50 in the video.


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I have a singer cxl electronic sewing machine and i have a problem with the needle either not moving or stopping when stitching the larger motifs or the zigzag stitch, somtimes the needle jut moves too...


The needle either not moving or stopping is a sign that the machine is jamming. Here's the answer for the question "My machine is jammed" from the FAQs on Singer's web site at http://www.singerco.com/support/faqs.html

A jammed machine is caused by thread being caught in the hook. Remove the upper thread and the bobbin case, turn the hand wheel towards you (counterclockwise) by hand and remove any thread in the bobbin case area. *Always turn the hand wheel towards you. Turning the hand wheel away from you (clockwise) can cause the machines timing to become unaligned and jam your machine. Also, always make sure the presser foot is in the down position before you start sewing. Sewing with the presser foot in the up position will jam your machine in the bobbin case.

Your description of the needle hitting the plate or foot is an indication that the machine's timing has become unaligned which can be caused as indicated above by turning the hand wheel away from you - the correct way is to *Always turn the hand wheel towards you.

Mar 03, 2011 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Kenmore 10 stitch needle won't move


hi there,
push or pull hand wheel clutch to engage
motion of needle and shutter.

if not check belt on downside of hand
wheel open cover motor,loosen bolt cover
see belt check if engage on pulley by
holding hand wheel move belt if
hand wheel move,if not tighten screw on
pulley from hand wheel and moter.
have a nice day and thanks

Apr 03, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Hand wheel spins without moving the needle


I used to have an old Bernina that had an inner and outer hand wheel. Loosening the inner wheel disconnected the needle bar from the motor so you could wind the bobbin without running the needle up and down. It sounds to me like your machine has the same feature, but resistance on the needle makes the inner wheel loosen up. I don't know whether wrenching on it as tight as you can would be enough, or whether this is a symptom indicating that there is something loose internally in the connection between the inner and outer wheels. Good luck!

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