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Model no. 158.17741. the belt is moving, the motor is running, but the part that goes up and down with the thread is not, the belt seems to be tight enough

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Check the centre of the handwheel, there will either be A) an inner wheel or B) push/pull device to disengage the needle arm when bobbin needs to be A) tight, or B) pressed in to re-engage the clutch for sewing......your manual will probably have a diagram,
I could not find a picture of this model, so unsure of the exact mechanism, but it is in the middle of the handwheel

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