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Hand wheel wont turn on my Kenmore sewing machine

All of a sudden when I was sewing today, I was pressing my foot control and it sounded like the motor was running really fast but the needle wasn't going up and down. I tried to manually make it with the hand wheel but it won't turn unless I put alot of pressure on it, and even then, it didn't move alot.

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It sounds like the belt to turn the wheel broke

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