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Vintage new home (XR-VII model 990)sewing machine with a handwheel problem

Hi there, my vintage machine has a handwheel that is soooo hard to move. I can move it though and the rest of the machine seems to move properly although very slowly. there is a gear connected to the wheel that can move freely when I move the belt clockwise but when I try to move it/them counterclockwise it very difficult. I have tried to oil, clean etc. and have removed the outer casing to the machine. any ideas? when I plug in the machine the motor seems to want to run but the wheel is so hard to move that it can't.

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    the motor runs but when I press the pedal it stops and the hand wheel will not turn

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Can you post a photo of the machine, cannot find a reference to this model.

1st just check around the bobbin case area for jammed thread, also in/around the *takeup lever (up/down arm) mechanism near needlebar, as thread often gets wound around and jams the shaft

If it really seems like corrosion in an elderly & neglected machine.... disconnect from power, and using a small rocking movement of the handwheel to identify the parts that should move and with all the covers removed and in a dry well ventilated area with old newspaper to absorb excess,

.......give a light spray of WD40 or similar penetraing lubricant on horizontal Top shaft at each end where it joins main body

..... the region that operates the *take up lever cranks and counterbalance

.....the handwheel has a clutch mechanism, so if you can undo the wheel to access this, it may well be dry and need lube.

.....In the base is another horizontal shaft lube each end and a little where the gears meet to change the drive direction under the hook race/bobbin.

With the same gentle rocking motion of handwheel, see if there is any improvement ...but do not force anything......(to stitch forward, the handwheel spins "over the falls" toward you)

You may not see immediate improvement, so leave overnight and be patient, it may take several days........just be very sure there is nothing jammed anywhere.

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