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Kenmore hand wheel won't come off.

I tried to adjust the screw on the hand wheel knob. Now the screw has come off and I can't find it. That's not the worst of it. I can see a frayed place on the belt and I can't get the hand wheel off to get to it. When I was adjusting the screw the inner knob fell off. I put it back on but probably wrong as it had some kind of slip on guide on the back it seemed in place but now I don't know. It was just having the hand wheel jam-up and not allow the needle post to go up so it wouldn't sew and down now it's worse. Can you help me figure out how to get the hand wheel off so I can try to replace the belt. Then hopefully the crazy thing will sew again.

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  • mossgreen Jun 10, 2008

    new problem; I have the knob and handwheel off. I have the belt removed. I don't have the stop screw yet I did find a screw that fits the groove pattern and may be able to be used until I find or replace the machine stop screw for the handwheel knob. I don't however know how the knob goes back on properly after I replace the belt and put the hand wheel back in place.;Does someone know how to do that?

  • mossgreen Jun 11, 2008

    The screw is not called a stop screw, it's a clutch nut screw that goes into the handwheel knob. I was able to find a shop that has the screw and can put it all back together for me. He also has the belt I need for my machine. I appreciate the feedback I received on my handwheel knob problem. It didn't solve the problem but it's all worked out okay anyway. This site being available is a real blessing.

  • gloudy Jul 22, 2008

    The handwheel won't turn - thought it was the foot pedal, got anew one and that does not work either. What next? Have had the sewing machine completely taken apart- see no threads hanging up, reoiled machine.

  • czexrus Jan 04, 2009

    i have an old kenmore sewing machine and have the same problem; the handwheel gets caught up and won't turn. the foot pedal works and goes a couple stitches and it gets held up right away. i took everything apart, removed strayed thread and it still won't work.
    any ideas



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SOURCE: Thread getting caught underneath

you need to replace your shukle that holds the tread bobbing is either slack or broken . if it is slack then you tighten the little screw that holds a cover that gives the thread tension .if its broken then replace it.once the thread is slack below it will cause your thread to bundle up.

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SOURCE: needle thread frays and breaks

hi my names angela ive been a seamstess all my life. and it seems there could be a number of soulutions to your problem.first check your needle is in the correct way with the long ridge of the needle facing inwards.
second check you have the thread threaded correctly and it isnt twisted around twice anywere. and check that it pulls quite freely with ur foot lifted.
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Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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SOURCE: Stop Motion Knob

Dear Jim,
I'm sure you have a pair of Channel lock pliers around.Place a fairly thick piece of fabric around the inner knob to keep from scratching it. Grasp it with the pliers while holding the handwheel and turn it to the left. IF you can't hold the wheel to keep it from slipping, place a screwdriver or something else under the needle set screw area, turn the wheel until the set screw is resting against the set screw and then turn the inner knob with the pliers.

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SOURCE: Hand wheel spins without moving the needle

I used to have an old Bernina that had an inner and outer hand wheel. Loosening the inner wheel disconnected the needle bar from the motor so you could wind the bobbin without running the needle up and down. It sounds to me like your machine has the same feature, but resistance on the needle makes the inner wheel loosen up. I don't know whether wrenching on it as tight as you can would be enough, or whether this is a symptom indicating that there is something loose internally in the connection between the inner and outer wheels. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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