Andromache,are you talking about the balancing wheel,or hand wheel ? It would help if we knew which brand and model sewing machine you own. I'm traipsing in the dark here, I'm assuming the power turns on ?
This would be the hand wheel. The thing to make the needle go and the machine sew if you're not pressing on the foot pedal. Sorry for the confusion-- I don't know all of these words!
It's a Singer Futura 900. I think it's from the 70's.
The power does turn on.
There could be a bunch of thread inside the balancing/hand wheel.I found a bunch of different colored thread inside an old Husqvarna some weeks ago.
Is the needle up as high as it will go ? Do you hear a humming sound when you step on the foot control ?
I'm not sure I know how to check the hand wheel, but I'll see if the manual describes how to open it.
The needle is about midway up, I think. There is a humming sound when I step on the foot pedal, like the motor is working but something is stuck and it won't move.
This happens to me too! In most cases, it is because thread (or possibly a broken needle) is stuck in the bobbin area. The thread does not need to be very long so it may be hidden. The other reason it has happened to me is right after I wind a bobbin. I forget to move the spool pin back to the left and then the machine will not work at all until I move it back to the correct position.
A word of caution. DO NOT TRY TO FORCE THE NEEDLE DOWN. I made that mistake once and threw the timing off. Once you correct the issue, it will again go up and down with ease.
I did not think to check the bobbin area-- I figured since the bobbin thread was flowing easily, the problem was not there. I checked just now, and the bobbin area appears clear of thread. This didn't happen to me right after I wound a bobbin.
LOL,Back2Sew ! I'm on my way out of the house and turned my computer back on to ask Andromache,if she by any chance wound a bobbin just before her machine stopped working.
No, alas. Last bobbin-winding happened at least one muslin ago!
I got a screwdriver, so now I'm going to see if I can take the top plate off and see if anything is stuck inside there.