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Sewing Machine Jam?

My Singer M3400 is jammed! The hand wheel won't even turn. Yesterday while sewing, the needle hit something which bent the needle. I replaced the needle, it worked a little bit and now is jammed.

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March 31, 20210 found this helpful
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Make sure there arent any loose threads inside. Or maybe there is an issue with tension. Check the bobbin and bobbin drive gears. Rethread everything, the bobbin, the top, and try a new needle. Make good oiling now and then even the threading tensioner.

Your sewing machine is not old, so if it is still under warranty, then it is better to repair it using warranty.
On vintage sewing machines, hand wheel stuck happens because the bobbin gear. Replacing it can help. Or some parts of the hand wheel could be broken. Only a qualified repairman can fix it.

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April 1, 20210 found this helpful
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If your machine is still under warranty then you should contact someone listed under the terms of your warranty or the guarantee will be broken.

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The first thing you have to determine is - what caused the needle bend? This problem will have to be found before anything else can be done. Replacing the needle without fixing the problem that caused the needle to bend may have complicated the problem even more.

Please - unplug your machine before you try any 'fixes' and only plug it back in to check if the fix worked.
Your machine is fairly new but that does not mean it does not need a good cleaning.

When your machine hits something and bends the needle that means something is in the slot where the needle goes down.
You can find this problem if you are familiar with taking your machine apart to clean it. If you are somewhat mechanically inclined this should be easy but if you fear using a screw driver then you will probably need some help with clear and complete instructions.

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What I'm suggesting is that you ask for help from Singer sewing techs who can ask the right questions and then guide you through the compete steps to get your machine going again.

Here are some links to sewing machine forums where qualified members WILL help you even if you have no experience with machine problems.
These sites also have so much help and free stuff for sewers that you will love being a member just to be able to take advantage of all the interesting blogs.
You will have to join but it is free and it does not matter if you are in the US or another country.
www.quiltingboard.com/.../
sewing.patternreview.com/.../board.pl?today=1&misc=1
groups.io/.../topics

This site has some guides if you decide to try the fix on your own;
sewingiscool.com/.../

here are links for a free manual:

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www.singer.com/support
www.singer.com/.../support?title=m3400

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March 31, 20210 found this helpful

If it hit something, the hook timing might need fixing. Here is a YouTube video that might help you m.youtube.com/watch?v=fzhR6PNlI4E

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March 31, 20210 found this helpful

This can also be debris build up in your machine. The build up can happen over time in and around wheel , bobbin housing, even treading. This would be a build up of treads, fabric, lint and dust , can make your machine malfunction .

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Giving your machine a good cleaning may help.

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