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Bobbin clutch just spins

I have threaded the bobbin correctly, disengaged the clutch, and all it does is spin around. Any ideas? Thanks Gerry

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  • ocala59 Feb 16, 2008

    Right, the bobbin does not wind. Clutch engaged, sews fine. Could it be a belt of some kind? Thanks.

  • ocala59 Feb 16, 2008

    Thanks, that was what I was thinking. I can't wind any thread on my bobbin. I took the side off but didn't know what to look for. It's a New Home SD 2014. Think I'll take it in. Thanks a lot.



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Clutch is disengaged only for winding thread onto the bobbin.

When done, re-engage (tighten) clutch and with bobbin in bobbin case, hold needle thread, rotate handwheel until needle is top centre of it's motion then pull threads thru allowing approx 100mm (4") slack are ready to sew.

If this isn't what you were asking, then I'm not sure why you have disengaged the clutch, so more detail please.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008

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    Hassy Feb 16, 2008

    If you can take the top off the machine as a separate panel, you will probably find the bobbin winder runs by engaging a rubber wheel onto the handwheel, this rubber may be worn and need replacing, oily (and slipping) or broken into bits (and distributed inside the body of the machine, so make sure to retrieve all the bits).

    We don't know your Brand or Model, so this is best guess.

    Your local repair shop will probably have a replacement "bobbin winder rubber" for a few dollars......ring and ask with make & model details.....they can be a fiddle to replace as the available room is often can take the entire unit off, BUT do it carefully and advise you take a digital photo of the B4 setting so you can refer back if it all goes pear shaped.

    If you have a newer moulded 2 section body, there are perhaps 18 screws located all over the place, as well as plastic clips holding the sections together, ........if you have the 2 section machine, get someone (service technician) with a service manual to do it, pay them and be happy to know it will come back in one piece.

    DIY at your peril and you will probably end up at the repair shop anyway, those 2 section machines (any brand) are cheap to manufacture and a pain in the proverbial to work on, esp. without a repair manual and limited knowledge.

  • Hassy
    Hassy Feb 16, 2008

    I don't seem to be able to add an image to this post at the moment, but if your SD 2014 is the older style machine (mid 80's), open the accessories lid on top, ident and undo 2 screws that hold it on, remove accessories will see the bobbin winder stalk, underneath you will see the rubber driving wheel, probably with rubber residue around & near the site.

    You cannot see this with only the R side cover off, as the mechanism is driven (and hidden) by the handwheel.

    If you need the schematic diagram, email me via

    Sometimes just turning the rubber wheel over will work as a temporary fix while you source a new one......if it is all oily, try a rag moistened with household spray cleaner to get some friction back between Handwheel & Rubber, but ....

    DO NOT spray the inside of the machine !!

    Gentle focussed application is required for this.

    Hope this helps


  • Hassy
    Hassy Feb 16, 2008

    Managed to get the images loaded this time......

    Applies to this SD 2014 from mid 1980's

    The red arrows indicate the bobbin winder (lower) once the top is removed (exploded view) and the hole through which it appears....the screws to remove top are shown to ease the journey !




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