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This morning, I successfully used my White 423R for the first time in many years! However, now I need to fill a bobbin, and I can't seem to "disconnect the Hand Wheel from the sewing mechanism by turning the Stop-Motion-Knob towards [me]." It is really tight... should I try lubricating? Where? Or am I just a weakling?

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Do you have manual for your machine? If so, does it specifically instruct disengaging the needle action by turning the inner wheel? Some machines disengage the needle when you flip up or press the bobbin winder. If your machine instructions include turning the inner wheel, be sure you are turning it "counter clockwise" to loosen. It could be that it is frozen. Of course, your machine probably needs lubrication but I doubt that will help with your particular issue. Perhaps applying heat from a handheld hairdryer to the wheel will help loosen it, or you need someone with more strength.

However, you can pick up a standalone bobbin winder (SideWinder) avlb at JoAnn's or Amazon for ~$30 that is either electric or battery operated. It's a handy little gadget since it allows you to quickly wind multiple bobbins at a time, saves wear and tear on your machine, plus allows bobbins to be wound without having to unthread the sewing machine.

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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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Posted on Sep 22, 2008

Rob Ristin

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SOURCE: my thread gets stuck down in the bobbin area.

Ensure that you are threaded correctly, set your tension for roughly 4.5 and "floss" your machine when threading by grabbing the thread by the needle immediately prior to threading the needle with your left hand, and the thread on the top by the spool with your right hand; then pull the thread back and forth briefly.
Ensure that your bobbin is in the bobbin case in the correct orientation.
Ensure that your feed dogs are in the "up" position. Many inexpensive machines do not have the option to drop the feed dogs, and I believe your kenmore to be one that lacks the option, but consult your manual just to be sure.
Also make sure you're using a good quality thread. Use a European thread, and definitely avoid anything from the dollar bin or any kind of "dual duty" type thread. Cheap thread causes nasty nasty things to happen to sewing machines.

If none of these fixes solves your problem, let me know; but going through the above will solve 99% of problems like you're describing.

Good luck,


Posted on Mar 11, 2009


Kelley Buchanan

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SOURCE: Where can I purchase a bobbin for the Mighty Mender W100 Mechanical Sewing Machine

Well, here's an easy fix. It is either a class 15 or class 66. I would go to a local repair shop with your machine and they can try either of them . They are not real expensive.

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