Sewing Machine Needle Won't Move?

I have an old Homemark sewing machine and it has been working excellently. I went to make a bow for my daughter this morning and the needle won't move up and down. I did some sleuthing on the internet and saw it might be the belt, but it's not I checked. It also isn't the winding bobbin lever in the wrong position. My motor is working just fine and the belt moves when I push my foot peddle, but my needle won't move.


I also tried to put the needle down in the bobbin and it moves when I turn the wheel. It just won't move when I push the foot pedal. What happened? Is this going to be a large, costly repair or can I DIY? Desperately need it to finish up my homemade Christmas presents :(

By Ashley

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December 8, 20140 found this helpful
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Considering everything you've already checked and found to not be causing the problem, it's time for a trip to the repair tech - this isn't something you can fix at home. Sorry, wish I could give you a nice step-by-step walk-through on getting your machine back to sewing but there could be so many things going on it's best that a trained professional has a look at this point.


Depending on where you live, you are looking at around $100USD or less, and if you're really lucky it may only be around $50USD. Closer to $100 if it's been some time since you've had the machine in for a full servicing that includes cleaning places you cannot possibly reach at home with home tools (never use canned air! This only forces particles deeper) and oiling.

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April 25, 20150 found this helpful
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Mine has just done this, it was the rotary arm inside needed oiling.

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