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Repairing Handwheel on a Singer Sewing Machine?

The handwheel is almost frozen! It is very hard to turn it! (counter-clockwise of course) There are no jammed threads! I was sewing and it kept slowing down, with my foot pressed down on the pedal all the way. I tried turning the handwheel towards me slightly, and it would sew a little more, then stall again. So I removed the top thread and bobbin, then reloaded both.

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Then, it could not pick up bobbin thread! Once again, I removed all thread, bobbin and needle, and made sure the bobbin housing is completely clean and clear of any debris. The hand wheel is still very difficult to turn. The machine hums when I press the pedal, but there is no movement.

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February 14, 20201 found this helpful
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It appears the handwheel on the machine could be jammed. Here is a great site that will walk you through the repair of the handwheel and how to unjam it. www.sewinglife.net/.../

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February 14, 20200 found this helpful
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It sounds like your needle is out of alignment or thread build up between bobbin casing and needle placement!

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February 16, 20200 found this helpful
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I have found YouTube videos to be very helpful in fixing things.

There are two avenues...one is general sewing machine wheel troubleshooting, like this one:

youtu.be/yIKQCTBTxPc

Or put the machine name and number and review them. In some cases after watching a few, I figure it out on my own, but some are one and done fixed.

Post back with an update!

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February 21, 20200 found this helpful
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I believe that everyone who reads your question/comments and is someone who has ever used a sewing machine can feel your frustration; but, there are probably not any sewing machine techs on this site who can know exactly what could be causing your problem - or have the knowledge to provide instructions on how to fix the problem.

That said; I have had several sewing machines over the past 70 years and have never experienced this problem so I cannot offer information from past experiences.
While it is true that many problems with sewing machines (even different brands) can be repaired with similar instructions, that may not be the case with your model (I believe your 8280 may be a zigzag?) and most likely, no one here has that exact same model machine.
Since this problem is not mentioned in your manual or on the Singer web site, it seems it is not a common problem and may require servicing.

The only thing that I did find - and you do not say you have tried this - is to see if the handwheel turns with the bobbin case out of the machine. Here is a common remark from the sites that offer help with sewing machine problems:

"If the handwheel moves freely with the bobbin case removed, the next step is to insert it to see if it works or not. If the handwheel does not move freely with the case removed, it is time to take it in for servicing."

I feel sure you have researched your problem also and I am sorry that no one has been able to provide sound instructions for solving this problem but maybe some of the sites below can offer a gleam of what you may have to do to get your machine back up and running again.

aiminlife1.blogspot.com/.../how-to-fix-my-locked-up-sewing-machine...

www.thriftyfun.com/Repairing-Handwheel-on-a-Singer-Sewing...

sewingmachineclub.com/.../

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I am super brand new to sewing, and I think I turned my hand wheel clockwise a little bit. I noticed my machine will not sew anymore, like at all. When I press my foot pedal nothing happens.

What happened? I have a Singer heavy duty HD6380. I thought these machines were friendly for new users... :(

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October 8, 20201 found this helpful
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First off if you are pressing the foot pedal and it is not moving the sewing machine needle up and down there could be a connection problem. Have you checked the power to the machine? What happens when you power on the machine once the foot pedal is installed? Are you getting the light on the machine to work? You first off need power to the sewing machine to get it to work. If you can get power to the sewing machine the next step is to check your bobbin area and make sure there is nothing in there that will prevent the needle from entering there. A lot of times thread or material can get stuck inside this area that will prevent the machine to turn and the needle to enter there to pick up the bobbin thread. You will need to remove the bobbin, canister, and the housing that it sits in to clean this area. Once cleaned drop 1 drop of oil on the back of this area. There should be a small disk or looks like a disk that the oil should be on. Now put this back together and try turning the wheel of the machine. If you can get the needle to move up and down again the area should be cleaned out. if you are still having an issue to get the needle to move then there could be another issue with one of the belts on the machine. This can happen when the belt is old, but I have seen your machine and I don't really believe it is a belt problem. You could also have an issue with the foot pedal and not getting any connection to your machine. Please check this too.

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October 9, 20200 found this helpful
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If this is the case and you are getting power to the machine and you can turn the wheel then there is an issue with the foot pedal when you push it. The foot pedal will engage and allow the machine to receive the power to move the needle to sew. If you are able to sew by only turning the wheel then more than likely there is not a big issue in the bobbin area and it may just need a bit of cleaning. I would check the cable to the foot pedal and make sure it is securely inserted to the machine base. I think it is because when you plug in the machine you normally need to plug the power to the foot pedal and then the foot pedal to the machine. It sounds like you have a blockage in your foot pedal that is preventing it from engaging so that the machine can sew properly. Please check the foot pedal and if you can't make it work see if you can get another one for the machine.

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September 2, 2015

My Singer sewing machine model #3116 hand wheel is stuck. It won't turn forward or backwards. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Please help!


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September 3, 20151 found this helpful
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The one and only thing to do is take your Singer to a qualified repair tech - it sounds to me as though the bobbin gear has failed but without seeing the machine I have to also say the problem could be one of several problems and none are a home-fix.

I do vintage Singer repair for my Sewing 101 students and the bobbin gear is usually the reason the hand wheel won't budge - but not always. Your Singer isn't technically a vintage machine, and is too new a model for the bobbin gear to have failed. It may even still be under warranty - all the more reason to have a professional have a look.

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March 16, 2015

The hand wheel of my Singer 7465 sewing machine popped right off and flew across the room. Will I be able to get it back on myself? It looks like it's a bit tricky. Thanks.

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March 18, 20150 found this helpful
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Oh yikes! Yes, this is tricky and not a job for the home sewing machine user without training. There are two or three parts to the hand wheel (depends on model year) and aside from the wheel these are very small parts you may not have noticed when the hand wheel flew off.

Too, for the hand wheel to have come off and flown across room there had to have been considerable force from inside the machine, indication a very serious part(s) failure.

Gather up everything you can find from the hand wheel explosion and take it all including the machine to a qualified Singer repair tech - look through your local telephone directory or online search results (using a search term that includes your locale and Singer sewing machine repair); be sure to check only the adverts clearly stating 'qualified' or 'factory authorised', and to telephone or visit to get an estimate that includes a servicing (oiling and cleaning plus a complete check over in addition to repairing the hand wheel crisis).

Please believe me that this is not a job for the home sewer without training. I do vintage repairs here in Scotland for my sewing students, and can promise you there is so much 'tricky' to repairing a sewing machine it's not worth risking the machine to try a home repair.

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December 11, 2014

I had to replace a needle in my Singer 3116 today. After properly replacing the needle, the handwheel will not turn "at all" and needle not moving as a result. I opened up my machine to clear out any dust or threads, checked the bobbin, and ran through the trouble-shooting steps in the manual. Still no luck. Now what?

By jlp

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January 15, 20150 found this helpful
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I posted an answer to this back in December but I see it's not showing - if you haven't given up on this machine, it's a fairly simple fix for a repair tech - your bobbin gear has 'died'. In the US the repair+a good servicing will cost you around $100, here in the UK around £60.

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November 16, 2017

The handwheel on my Singer sewing machine model #2932 will not move forward, but it will move backwards easily. Can you tell me if I can fix this myself or do I need a repair tech?


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November 17, 20170 found this helpful

I would try a drop of oil. If that doesn't work, I'd bring it in for servicing.

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June 9, 2015

How do I get the handwheel to lock on my Singer sewing machine?


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June 14, 20151 found this helpful

Do you want to lock the hand wheel so that you can wind a bobbin?

Do you have the user guide - it will tell you how to do that.

If you don't have the manual you can go to the SingerCo website and find a free download there - look for the navigation feature for 'support' then chose the link to manuals. Type in your model number and a free download will come up.

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June 15, 20150 found this helpful

Hello ! Usually the hand wheel is locked and unlocked by moving its central part of the hand wheel. The central part acts like a knob and locks and unlocks the hand wheel when moved from back to front. With some models you may have to first pull the knob to be able to move it and with a new model of sewing machine the hand wheel can't be locked because it is not necessary as the hand wheel is not used anymore to wind a bobbin.

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January 31, 2016

I am trying to get a Singer 99k to run. When I first started to work on this machine, it would not turn at all. After oiling it thoroughly over the course of a few days, I am able to turn the wheel by hand. That was when I noticed that the wheel does not track evenly, but runs out quite a bit, maybe 3/8", and it is still hard to turn, as though it were binding. Any ideas?

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February 2, 20160 found this helpful

Download this repair and refurbishment manual and print it out (my copy requires four big 3-ring binders:). Your answer is there - and now you'll be able to fix EVERYTHING on your Singer 99K.

Welcome to Singer Gracious Ladies Sewing - there really isn't a better machine out there!

www.tfsr.org/.../

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