Old Kenmore Sewing Machine Won't Stitch?

My Kenmore 148.19370 sewing machine has power, but the needle bar (the part that should go up and down) won't budge! I took the machine's cover off, dusted and oiled it, but no luck. I can't even manually move it with the hand wheel. It is very old, but made the good old way, no plastic. Before I give up, any ideas?
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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

You might have a broken or stuck gear. You may need to take it in to be serviced.

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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

Does this one have the wheel on the right side as you look at the machine--that you loosen when you wind bobbins? I have had times with mine (a super old one too...it is a work horse though) when I don't get it tightened enough after I wind a bobbin and it freezes like you describe.

Also, it has become frozen like this if I tighten that thing too tight.

Maybe try un- tightening it all the way and slowly tightening it. Trying the needle as you go.

Hopefully yours will resolve as easy as mine does.

The other time I had issues, there was a lot of dust under the cover, but it looks like you started that route. These machines are usually really low maintenance, so maybe the wheel will be your fix!

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