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My Riccar 9700 has a squealing handwheel. I've taken off the cover from the arm. I've cleaned and oiled every moving part in the manual. What is causing this squealing?

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Turn wheel until needle rises as far as it will go, Lubricate that bar inside that goes up and down above the bracket or housing that holds it, Also take note if there is a lower bracket that also needs to be oiled. Make sure you got the bushing around the turning shaft nearest the handwheel, and make sure there is not a thread wrapped around the shaft nearest the handwheel. (Behind the handwheel,)

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SOURCE: Handwheel freewheeling

it could be the gears of your handwheel try spraying it with wd-40.

is it making any noise?

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Handwheel doesn't move needle

Sounds like the connection between the handwheel and the needle as disconnected (needle bar). It appears from the picture that this is a version of a mass-market product geared for kids/very light duty sewing.

If so, you may be able to reconnect this by removing the side-cover or top-cover of the machine (if removable). The problem is going to be re-timing the needle with the hook/bobbin assembly.

If you are unable to reconnect or get the timing correct, a good local machine dealer/repair tech should be able to take care of it for you. Unfortunately, the cost of having a technician fix may be way more than you want to pay or the machine is worth.

Best of luck with your repair,
Kim & Linnette

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

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SOURCE: Viking 936 Serger- handwheel will not turn properly

hi there,
this type of problem related to "overload protection" the motor can't overcome the load work,then it would able to stop your machine,theres problem on motor assembly try to check the carbon brush.if worn out replace,handwheel are couple to motor pulley inside machine.there an opening for the belt.if you want to check it loosen bolt cover,have move the belt you can figure why handwheel moving tight.if you realease the belt handwheel will move independently but handwheel is connected to a cam shaft w/mechanical link connected such as gears,cam and bushing that
can also suspiciuos of obstruction can came there.take this to service center if trouble link to mechanical problem.have a nice day
rate me and thank's

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

SOURCE: Sewing machine handwheel turns and whirrs but needle bar stuck?

my suggestion is that the machine needs to be serviced at a sewing machine shop, because for 1.it's not responding 2. it used & you don't know when the last time it was serviced 3.something is wrong with the machine.
hopefully there are no broken parts, but having the machine serviced will tell that.
as for a manual

Go to the singer website
Go to the home page
Go to customer service--click on it--it will show a small menu--click on instruction manual
In the box put the model number (example w510 ) & click search

Posted on Mar 19, 2012

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