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My hand wheel on kenmore sewing machine will not loosen to so that the needle doesn't move while trying to load the bobbin

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It is probably just a little frozen, if you apply heat with a hairdryer to loosen the seal, then use a teatowel to add grip to help turn it (counterclockwise) you may find it easier...or ask a big beefy boy to have a try, it will come good, just needs a little more pressure....DO NOT hit it with anything tho" !! Do not overtighten once it is working again.

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