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My Elna 6000: the needle does not want to move forward or backwards

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The needle never moves forward/back on its own for most sewing machines. The needle bar goes up and down. The fabric moves due to the action of the feed dogs. First remove the fabric from under the presser foot. Check for tangled thread wrapped around the feed dogs or fabric/thread going down into the bobbin area in a tangle. Next check if the feed dogs are up. (When the feed dogs are down or covered (on some machines), the machine is in darning mode. The fabric will only move if you move it yourself.) With the fabric out of the way, rotate the hand wheel and check if the feed dogs are moving. Open up the bobbin compartment and clean out any lint, thread or other debris that may be tangling the mechanism. Take off the throat plate and check the feed dogs. A damaged throat plate can stop the feed dogs from moving properly. You may need to replace the throat plate.

For some machines, you may need to make sure that the unit is not in bobbin wind mode. This is usually obvious since the needle bar won't move either.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Posted on Jul 16, 2018

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ok it sounds like either the gear on the rotoary hook is bad "lot of money to fix" or there is a small pin that moves the feed dogs make sure it is setted correctly. also make sure the pressure foot is down all the way.

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: Needle doesn't go down.

The Needle is damaged...insert a new needle.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

zeumercat

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SOURCE: I have a Singe 3116. The needle not working

the clutch is out. that allows you to wind a bobbin. take it out of bobbin mode and put it in sew mode (clutch in)

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SOURCE: Elna 8200 embroidery machine. Broken needle

Computerized machines need to be serviced by an authorized sewing machine technician, preferably Elna.

Diving into this may cause more problems and end up costing you more money for repair.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010

RichSew

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SOURCE: Elna 8600 - Carriage will not move backward or

This could be a loose connection on the circuit board or it may be a bad board, either way it should go to a tech for repair.

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