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This is a comon problem with the Pfaff machines. You may want to take this to your pfaff dealer for repair, should be around $30. Or you can do it your self if you are up to it.
Remove top cover
On the handwheel there is a small cap/screw, remove it.
It is sometimes VERY VERY tight, do NOT strip it out.
After you get that out pull the inside brown plastic part that you turn out.
There will be a spring and a small white part and a black part, will need to remember how that all goes back in place, recomend taking a pic.
Remove the handwheel, it is going to be very hard to get off you wil need to wigle and pull for some timing depending on how locked up it is.
The motor belt is atached to this part.
Clean all parts, before puting it back together put some oil on the main shaft.

I think it is best to just take the machine in to the shop, there is a lot in there that could go bad.
hope this helps

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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Is the hand wheel properly engaged ? A hand wheel often is used when you wind bobbin. When you wind a bobbin, you want to disengage the clutch to prevent the needle going up/down.

On a lot of machines, either the entire hand wheel will pull out, or a smaller middle dial will pull out. You pull it out to wind the bobbin, push it back in to reengage the clutch so the needle goes up/down again.

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Hi - if I understand your questions you're trying to wind a bobbin on the top, and haven't got as far as sewing yet.
To do this you usually have to put the bobbin on the top spool for it, and move that into position so that it turns.
To disengage the needle so it doesn't go up and down whilst you wind the bobbin up, on most machines you have part of the main drive wheel (on the far right) which turns against the rest of it, disengaging the part of the drive which powers the needle going up and down.
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I only want to know if the wheel must be loosened to wind the bobbin and if so with direction, to the front or backwards and press and turn or pull and turn.thanks


Which make and model sewing machine do you have?

None of my sewing machines need the wheel to be loosened for bobbin winding. The Singer Touch & Sew bobbins are filled in place. Use the handwheel to get the needle into the highest position (just turn the wheel). Wrap the top thread around the screw that holds the presser foot; open the slide plate part way and press the bobbin wind button. Hold the top thread and then begin winding by stepping on the foot pedal.. The thread should break after a few winds.

The Kenmore and the Husqvarna Vikings both get wound at the top. Place bobbin on winding pin. With the needle up and metal presser foot in place thread the top thread up to the bobbin (through the guides) and up through the hole in the bobbin. Slide the bobbin winding switch over towards the bobbin. Hold the thread tightly and begin winding (step on the foot control). After a few winds are on the bobbin, cut the thread that you were holding flush with the top of the bobbin. Continue winding the bobbin. (The newest Viking in the group has a computer screen; on that one, do not press OK until done winding the bobbin.)

However, if the handwheel is not turning and the needle is down, first find out why it isn't turning properly. This could indicate a tangle of thread somewhere in the system. (The older Husqvarna sewing machine in my home has a non-functional handwheel. The machine will still sew but you have to use the needle up/down switch that forces the needle to stop in the up position before you run out of bobbin.)

Please add a comment with the specifics of your sewing machine and I'll be glad to add additional information.

I hope this helps.

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On some machines there is a knob in the center of the hand wheel that is loosened for bobbin winding - this also disengages the movement of the needle. Tighten for sewing.

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I have this machine and the manual but it will be difficult to explain without the diagram. Here are the instructions without the diagram ... I'm assuming that you know some parts of the machine i.e. the foot etc

NB. thread the bobbin FIRST - points number 8 onwards....

1. Raise take-up lever to highest position on machine by turning the hand wheel towards you and make sure the presser foot is raised.
2. Place spool of thread on the spool pin at the back making sure spool cap is firmly in place to keep it on.
3. Take thread and place through the thread guide (plastic bit same side as spool pin) a under and over action. Across from this guide is a small metal wheel on top of another loop pin on the top at the front of the machine. Take the thread and put through the loop pin. 9Thread should come out on top of the pin towards you).
4. On the front of the arm is a tension wheel numbered between 0 - 8. The thread should then be placed down the front of the arm, underneath the tension wheel (behind the body part of the arm not under the wheel) and lifted up to catch the tension spring unseen behind the wheel. It should then be threaded through the eye of the metal piece (that moves as the needle goes up and down).
5. The thread should then be passed down the gap in the body work and down through the middle of the metal spiral loop in the front near the needle.
6. The thread should continue down through the horizontal clip just above the needle.
7. The needle should be place with the flat part at the back and held firmly with the screw. The eye of the needle will face you. The thread should then be threaded through the front and out the back and under the foot leaving a six inch tail.

Your thread should now come off the spool move towards the left through the plastic guide, across the top of the machine at right angles, through the metal loop; down the front of the machine (you can't see the thread as it sits behind the body) and reappears through the metal arm hole that goes up and down with the needle. It should then come down through the metal spiral and behind the clip above the needle, through the eye of the needle and away from you under the foot.

8. The bobbin needs to be wound. The bobbins are particualr to each make of machine. So only singer bobbins can be used on Singer machines. The bobbin winder is the metal pin on the right on the top of the machine.
9. To wind the bobbin. Place the bobbin over the metal pin nad push firmly down. It is located on the top on the right hand side.
10. Place thread on the spool pin as before and thread the cotton through the plastic thread guide.
11. Take the thread as before but rather than going through the metal clip on the top at the front, place it anti clockwise partly round the metal wheel on top of the metal clip (don't go all the way around) and across to the right where the bobbin has been placed.
12. The thread should be wound clockwise as many times as required not to slip off when the thread is automatically wound with the electic foot peddle.
13. Push the bobobin manually to the right along the groove in the body and press the electric foot peddle. Bobbin should wind moving the thread up and down (not necessarly evenly) and filling the bobbin. Fill about 80%. Leave a six inch tail.
14 Pull the plate forward under the needle. Place bobbin in its slot. The thread should be in a clockwise direction and when the bobbin is placed catch the thread under the groove found on the left at the top of the bobbin case. Close the plate with the thread coming out above in the slot under the needle.
15 Manually turn the hand wheel a couple of times until you can see the bobbin thread making a loop with the stitch thread and pull through.
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Machine is a cracker and according to my local shop never goes wrong. I have had mine since 1999 and that's true.

Hope this helps.... I would send you the manual but I'm not sure how you keep email addresses private.

Good luck.

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