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Hand wheel won't turn, needle won't move

Kenmore sewing machine has been working all day (on and off use) Suddenly slowed down, became much harder to sew, and then stopped completely (all within the space of six inches worth of sewing). Hand wheel won't turn, needle won't move.

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SOURCE: 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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SOURCE: can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.
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machine threads left to right and the hole is on the side. the long groove of the needle goes to the left.
needle must be 135x17
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SOURCE: needle stuck in right position, will only sew tiny,tiny stitches

oil it. down the shaft if you can get to it. and where ever there is a hole it always helps.

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SOURCE: needle wont pick up bobbin thread

timing issue, need to have serviced.

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