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My hand wheel on my serger is super tight and is barely turning, and basically the machine is not working?

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Your machine needs servicing. make sure you oil all spots indicated in your user manual and turn handwhel by hand for a minute or so to work oil in.

if this doesn't make machine easy to turn see a tech for full service.


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