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Motor stuck Cannot turn hand wheel manually. Can hear motor trying to turn it but it can't turn it either. Acts like the motor is locked on something.

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If you have mice in the house, they may have gotten around the moving parts underneath and urinated and so forth on the working parts. My dad had go in and use a break-free lubricant and physically force the gears to move again in order to free up the working parts. It was bad. Would'nt move at all. Now it moves good again, but I have to find someone to fix the timing of the gears. It's out of timing, but it moves again.

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The flywhee on my pfaff 1471 seems to have disengaged after unsuccessfully winding a bobbin. The motor goes but the needle does not go. What to do?

Did you turn the knob inside the hand wheel backwards while holding the wheel itself? If that knob is in the correct position, did you hear it snap into place when you rotated the hand wheel towards yourself? Does the needle bar move up and down when you rotate the hand wheel?

I suspect that the needle bar is still disengaged from the motor mechanism. The manual is available from Pfaff on the creative 1471 page: . The direct link to the manual is . See page 13 of the PDF for the picture of the direction and position of the knob that should be checked.

If the machine still doesn't work, it may be that the belt is bad. This connects the shaft of the motor to the mechanism that runs the needle bar. You can find a parts list for the 1471 here: . Scroll down to find the various 1471 diagrams. The belts are probably available at most Pfaff or other sewing machine dealers. This page, , is one source. You want the motor belt.

I hope this helps.

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Why doesn't it sew?

Check to see if the bobbin case is in correctly. Jamming occurs when something isn't in machine properly. Try taking out the needle & manually turning the hand wheel slowly. It could be just a bent needle too.

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How to deactivate the safety device on the Singer Futura SES 1000 embroidery machine? How can I get the hand wheel to turn again to get the machine to sew/embroider?

You can't--something is stopping the wheel from turning, and until you find out what is stopping it, your machine will be locked up. Take a look below the bobbin case, and you'll see a ***** holding a little door. It allows you to clean and see on the other side of the bobbin basket. Chances are, there's something like a broken off needle stopping the gear that turns the hook. It can also be caused by threads wrapped around the tension disks, or around the inside of the hand wheel itself. The hand wheel can be removed by removing the cap in the center--it is hiding a ***** that holds the wheel.

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I am trying to wind on a bobbin and keep getting an error message of E9 which says in the manual When Motor is locked it will not allow me to wind bobbin

The machine you're talking about isn't indicated. However, when the motor is locked it is trying to run the needle and feed dogs at the same time that it is trying to wind the bobbin. This cannot be done simultaneously.
*** The place where you place the bobbin must be set firmly against the bobbin.
***Some newer digital systems still need the hand wheel to be released by hand. (Turn it, push or pull it)

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In sewing mode the motor turns but needle does not move. I have checked bobbin & upper thread - any help?

1. Try to turn the hand wheel. Does the needle move?
2. Make sure the center wheel on the hand crank is tight.
Try the hand wheel now. If you still don't have luck try this.
3. Loosen the center wheel on the hand wheel. There is a small screw on the center wheel on the front or side. Loosen it until it almost comes out.
4. Now tighten the center wheel. (clockwise) Does the needle move if you move the hand wheel? If it does you can tighten the small screw.
5. If this doesn't do the job you will have to take the cover to the motor off. The motor has a bolt to loosen. As you loosen the bolt you can move the motor until it tightens the belt and makes it aligned as well. Run the motor slowly with the foot pedal and adjust the motor until it operates at it's highest speed. Now tighten. Replace all covers.
6. The belt is sometimes in need of replacing but not usual. You will know when you take the panel off.

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Sorry the needle is not going down,

Needles will not go down for:
1. The lock on the hand wheel isn't locking. Try this
a. Loosen the lock like you're going to wind a bobbin.
b. Loosen screw that is on the side of the lock. (sometimes front)
c. Tighten the lock just like when you're going to sew.
d. Tighten the screw that is on the side of the lock.(sometimes front)
e. Turn hand wheel by hand. Did the needle rise and fall?
2. The drive belt isn't moving the shaft.
a. Remove the top of the sewing machine.
b. You will most likely have to remove the panel on the end where the hand wheel is.
c. Turn your hand wheel to see if the belt is moving the shaft or is it broken?
d. Replace if you need to. (look at wear). Loosen the motor.
e. Make your motor run (foot pedal) slowly. Tighten the belt by pushing on the motor while it is running. When the motor is placed at the right place the motor will be moving with very little drag. (This will need a listening ear)
f. At this point tighten motor and retest for the speed and drag.

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1. If the machine motor is running you can see if the bobbin winder is functioning. If so then you need to tighten the hand wheel lock.
2. If it doesn't work try loosening the screw on the hand wheel lock. 3. Try to tighten the wheel lock now.
4. Now, tighten the screw.
5. If it still isn't functioning you may need to loosen the motor and replace the belt.
6. Belt. Remove old belt. Put new one on while motor is loose. Tighten the motor while you keep the machine running at a slow speed. As you tighten the motor there will be a point the motor speed rises the most. Tighten the motor there and recheck afterwards.

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Sewing machine will not manually turn - acts like something is locked.

First remove the needle, bobbin parts and check for thread jammed. Removing one peice at a time and checking if it will turn will tell you what the problem is when it unjams. If none of these things are the problem it may be in the motor linkage.

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hi there,
push or pull hand wheel clutch to engage
motion of needle and shutter.

if not check belt on downside of hand
wheel open cover motor,loosen bolt cover
see belt check if engage on pulley by
holding hand wheel move belt if
hand wheel move,if not tighten screw on
pulley from hand wheel and moter.
have a nice day and thanks

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