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My machine grinds perfectly, but the hand dial came off and when reinserted will not turn the timing mechanism. Since it is stuck on, I have to keep the grinder unplugged and plug it in again when I want to grind coffee. Is part replacement available without sending in the machine for repair?

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Have you cleaned and oiled the machine lately? If it's mechanical (NOT computerized), it needs regular oiling to keep it operating. Could be that the reverse mechanism is stuck. Can try directing hot air from a handheld hairdryer into the internal works to see if it loosens. Open the top lid and also the area where the bobbin resides. Hand rotate the handwheel and using ONLY fresh good quality sewing machine oil, apply 1-2 drops of oil every place that metal rubs on metal (NOT plastic, rubber, leather, or belts!). Hand rotate the wheel until the oil has had a chance to work in and then try running the machine with the motor. Try to also apply a couple drops of oil to the mechanisms operated with dials and levers to get them loosened.


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If your machine is mechanical (NOT computerized), it most likely needs a thorough cleaning and oiling with good quality sewing machine oil. The old oil has solidified and preventing the parts from moving.


If the selector levers are sticky/stuck or the handwheel is stiff or does not turn, about 98% of the time the machine needs oil.

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First, open the top and bottom of the machine and sweep out any dust, dirt, lint, or stray threads.

Now, oil your machine (consult your owner's manual maintenance section). There are usually quite a few oil holes (both in the top and bottom of a mechanical) that require periodic oiling (see your machine Manual for a diagram). If a metal part is frozen, buy a bottle of liquid Tri-Flow Synthentic Oil (from the hardware store) and put one or two drops in all the spots shown in the manual. (DO NOT oil rubber parts, the plastic gears, the belts, or the metal CAMs!!! NEVER use 3-in-1 oil, cooking oil, WD-40, or oil from your grandma's sewing box. And do not put more than one or two drops of oil at a time as over-oiling will also damage your machine.) It also helps to slowly hand rotate the handwheel and, while watching things that move, apply 1-2 drops of oil every place that metal rubs against metal. Do this also with the selectors and dials.

Then, using your hand-held hair dryer, direct hot air into the internal part of the machine (top and bottom). The metal may become hot to the touch. Then try to gently move the handwheel and the selector levers. Repeat. Let it set overnight. Then test again the next day, and repeat the process if needed.

To maintain your machine, a good recommendation is to oil every time the bobbin thread is changed, every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every six months if the machine is not in use. Use a good quality oil, ie Bernina oil for "mechanical" machines or similar. When oiling, also be sure to brush out the dust and lint (especially around the feed dogs and bobbin works).

If the oil in your tube looks dark colored, throw it out and get some new. I've run across some old sewing machine oil in the can that looked like dark honey and stunk to high heaven. Get rid of it!

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If the button and dial are sticky/stuck on a mechanical sewing machine, frequently you can loosen them by applying liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil (usually available at a hardware store) ONE drop at a time to the internal moving parts of the machine (focus on the mechanics for the dial and the button). Gently rock the two selectors to get the oil worked in. You can also direct hot air from a handheld hair dryer toward the selector mechanisms to loosen the old oil. You may have to repeat both processes several times if they are really frozen. (Sometimes it may take repeating the process several days to get them loosened!)

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