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I have a Kenmore 8 sewing machine. The needle will move up and down with the handwheel on the right, but not with the pedal. When I press down the pedal the wheel moves, but the needle does not. I checked the bobbin threading position and also took apart the bobbin area and there was no tangled thread that I could see. The machine zooms like it's working, but the needle is still. Any ideas?
Hold the outer wheel with one hand and with the other try to turn the small inner wheel clockwise. If the inner wheel moves that will tighten the two to turn together. If the inner wheel is tight already then the problem is elsewhere.
If you are still having this problem this is what you should do. Remove the screw in the smaller knob on the right side of the machine. Unscrew the smaller knob, you will have to hold the larger wheel when doing this. There is a washer between them. Pay attention to the way it is put on. Reverse the washer and put it back together. Your problem will be fixed.
Check that the bobbin winder is off.
Make sure the wheel is reset if you had to wind a bobbin. I know on my machine you have to push it back in after winding the bobbin otherwise you will just spin and not go anywhere.