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My 1222e is frozen

I haven't used it in a long, long time. I remember that the IDT handle has to be up but I don't remember which way a Pfaff wheel is supposed to turn -
forward or backwards? The manuals don't say. What do you recommend as a cleaning agent/spray or lubricant?

Second problem is that the red on/off swith on the right body has caved in - no springy action. The power does come on. How do I get to that area to take a look?


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  • Anonymous Jun 15, 2008

    pfaff 122e the handwheel will turn but then stops and won't turn anymore

  • dee pink Apr 01, 2009

    My 1222 has the same problem. I haven't used it for a while and my hook/raceway has also jumped. Very frustrating. How do I fix it.




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1222E/SE Has "Stopmatic" and disengages the machine for bobbin winding. You can't use the crank and needle is locked. Place your lifter bar to the horizontal level (work turning while needle is down), this will engage the machine.

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First of all - please don't ever use WD40 on a sewing machine. WD40 tends to attract fuzz and will cause more problems than it can solve.

Secondly - always turn the handwheel towards you. You can turn the handwheel backwards slightly to adjust needle position, but turning it completely backwards can result in tangled, broken thread & broken needles.

Your problem could be a variety of things:

  1. Simply needs a good thorough cleaning - by a trained repair tech. There are just things on machines that you can't get to or care for properly if you are not trained in what to look for - i.e. motor brushes, belts, gears, etc.
    • Whether you use your machine often or not, if you want it to last "forever" you should have it serviced (NOT the $19.95 special type where they only blow the fuzz out and oil the hook) but a real, thorough service every couple of years. NOT using a machine is actually worse for your kinds of problems than over-using. Using a machine often and oiling it properly (only with sewing machine oil) keeps things lubricated and running smoothly.
  2. Broken gears - requires a trained service tech to determine. I would recommend you take your machines (respectively) to your local Brand dealer, i.e. Pfaff or Bernina or whatever brand you have. They'll have the easiest access to the parts and will know the machines.
  3. Other broken part - belt, on/off switch, etc.
Beyond the above suggestions, a trained tech should be able to go over your machines and determine what is causing the problems.

Hope this is helpful,

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