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I am trying to learn about 3317 c sewing machine by singer. it says to push in the hand wheel. the handwheel will not move in or out. the needle does go up and down when the wheel is turned

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When you are "pushing in on the handwheel," what are you trying to accomplish?

Are you trying to wind a bobbin? If so, you need to push in on the "dimple" in the "center" knob of the handwheel. This disables the needle and prepares the bobbin winding mechanism. On page 6 of the manual, see #23 on the picture.

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Are you trying to get your machine to go backwards?

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And here is a manual for you.

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the hand wheel and clutch should be disengage so that needle will not move also w/ the bobbins,doing this is hold the hand wheel then grip hold also at the center hand wheel.rotate center counter clockwise to release clutch.other type is push and pull hand wheel.any of them,try to run machine if needle is move again.cheers have a nice day don't forget to rate me.

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