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I have a white sewing machine model 999. the hand wheel is 'stuck'. i cant turn it to make the needle go up and down

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Hi,

You can try followings:

- Clean the bobbin case.
- Be sure that there's no thread stuck anywhere.
- Check the housing that the bobbin and bobbin case sits in and look inside that something stuck.
- Oil the balance wheel (hand wheel) and let the oil soak in for a few days.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 29, 2010

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  • terri_bryant May 29, 2010

    i got the handwheel to rotate now the take-up lever is not moving up and down

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    Hi,



    Did you insert the new needle correctly?



    Check the needle. (Bent, dull, incorrect or inserted
    wrong?)




    Check the bobbin case, hook, needle plate, etc.



    You know that the sewing machines thread in the following sequence. Tension, take-up lever, needle.

    Adjust the bobbin tension. The bobbin thread should always make a 180 degree bend before coming through the tension spring. If the thread pulls out to the left, the bobbin will turn clockwise. It will turn counterclockwise if the thread pulls right. Not real important, but can cause some problems.



    Hope this helps.

  • terri_bryant May 30, 2010

    it looks like the stop motion knob is suppose to move the the needle up & down?

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    Did you try loosening and then tightening the stop motion knob or handwheel tensioner knob?

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    Is there any oil causing the slippage and keeping the handwheel securing knob from tightening?

  • terri_bryant May 30, 2010

    i have had this sewing machine for 30 years and this is the first problem i have had! i can see with the top off that the shaft is not moving.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    If the ''stop motion knob'' doesn't move the needle up and down, you should adjust the screw in the stop motion knob.



    As you know, there should be a "set screw" in the hand wheel. The set screw is usually locked down tight to keep the hand wheel from spinning freely. I f you can run the machine slowly and hold the hand wheel in one place but the machine continues running, then you do need to replace the "set screw". If you replace it you will find that you can offset some of the machines vibration by where you lock the wheel down. You have to try to adjust that.



    hope this helps.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    Hi Terri,



    If it doesn't help I will pass this problem to another FixYa expert to find a solution for you.



    Good luck.



    Regards.

  • terri_bryant May 30, 2010

    i already tried the set screw adjustment. there is no change where ever i have that set. i dont remember but is the handwheel suppose to be turning while the machine is running?

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    Hi Terri,



    Yes, the handwheel suppose to be turning while the machine is running.



    If you adjust the screw, it should work.



    Hope this helps.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    The needle and hand wheel aren't supposed to move at all when in bobbin-winding mode.


    Waiting your comments.

    Best wishes.

  • terri_bryant May 30, 2010

    the needle doesnt move. when i am bobbin winding the handwheel is rotating

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    If it is in bobbin-winding mode then you should tighten it to work in sewing mode.

    Then the needle and the hand wheel should work (both the hand wheel and the needle should move).



    Hope this helps.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010

    Sorry, when you are bobbin winding the handwheel also rotates faster. You are right.

    But in sewing mode it also rotates. Tighten it.

  • terri_bryant May 30, 2010

    it appears to be in bobbin winding mode no matter what adjustments i make to the handweel or the stop motion knob

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 30, 2010


    Did you checked pulley screw, located at the bottom right of the machine, which links the sewing machine motor and the circular belt.

    Because of the loose screw, the belt may not move. You may try to tighten the screw if it is not.

  • terri_bryant May 31, 2010

    the belts are turning. it is not engaging the rod inside the top

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY May 31, 2010

    It seems to be in bobbing winding mode.

    If you have tightened the clutch knob as shown in the picture below, it should work.

    If you have manual you may check its sewing mode.






  • terri_bryant Jun 02, 2010

    good afternoon... the needle does not go up and down

  • terri_bryant Jun 05, 2010

    have you given upo on me? onthe 2nd i sent a message saying the needle does not move. i havent hears back from anyone

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Well,stuck up hand wheel, is due to mechanical obstruction inside machine,bushing on shafting need to oil,and on handwheel bushing near clutch there is oil port there. since hand wheel are connected to cam shaft with set of gears and pulley is coupled to motor pulley,and other linkage under bobbins,shuttle race etc,broken gears are most common causes of stuck up handwheel,we can consider also the brush carbon,when worn out and damage the rotor commutator brush.if you can open the cover of motor below side of handwheel,you can see the pulley and motor assembly.also on top of machine there an opening to see the top gear assembly,this should be done by service technician.try to bring to nearest service center if still under warranty claim this for lesser maintenance cost.
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