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Handwheel not moving

It's almost a new machine. I haven't used it much either. After around 6 months I took it out and want to use it. But the hand wheel is not moving counter clockwise and it is not working. Pl help me.

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  • 1ab2 Feb 23, 2008

    I checked for the thread...and don't see anything jammed. Can I do anything else?



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Check for a thread jam in and around the bobbin case.

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