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Sewing machine locked up

Machine worked when put into storage now is locked up. Motor tries to work but needle will not move up and down

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The oil has dried out while in storage and the moving parts are frozen. I use liquid Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil. Open the top of the machine and put two drops of oil every place that metal rubs against metal. Gently hand rotate the handwheel to see how things move. (Probably shouldn't oil any plastic parts.) Then do the same in the bobbin area. If it is really stuck, use a handheld hair dryer and direct hot air into the top and bottom of the machine.

Once it is working again, be sure to clean and oil on a regular basis--at least every six months if it's not in use. When in use, oil and clean every 40 hours of constant sewing.

Posted on May 03, 2015


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Sewing machines need to be worked periodically even if you aren't sewing a lot. The oils and greases inside get all gummed up and literally will seize them up. Your best bet is to take it to the pro, pay the $$$ and have them, clean, oil, grease, replace belts, and adjust. OR if you want to give it a try.. DIY... kerosene based cleaner. Clean it well, then oil it properly. Make sure the machine is UNPLUGGED while cleaning.

Posted on Jun 08, 2014


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SOURCE: my machine has power, but foot pedal only makes needle go slowly

sounds like the contact in the foot peddle has failed try a new peddle

Posted on Jan 02, 2009


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SOURCE: necchi 534FB

I solved this problem for a friend,!. the needle was in the wrong way and
2 the bobbin case was not properly seated be sure you hear the 'click 'when
reinserting the bobbin case...hope this is helpful Velz

Posted on Jul 18, 2009



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SOURCE: Necchi Model 535 FA

Hi! The motor pulley may be worn and cant turn properly causing the motor to be forced so much. The result will be an instant overheating that results to belt burn too. You will need to replace the motor, pulley and the belt now to make it running. Hope this helps and have a good one!

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

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SOURCE: sewing machine needle is stuck and the machine will not move.

you should go with the flow, just take a deep breath hayete w byemshe el hal

Posted on Nov 28, 2010


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SOURCE: Where to put the oil for a Necchi Lydia 3 sewing machine

Beldia 1306 - did you ever solve your sewing m/c problem. I have just resurrected my old Necchi and have the same problem, power but very sluggish operation of the needle, could be oil that is needed. Can you help?

Posted on Dec 08, 2010

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Sorry the needle is not going down,

Needles will not go down for:
1. The lock on the hand wheel isn't locking. Try this
a. Loosen the lock like you're going to wind a bobbin.
b. Loosen screw that is on the side of the lock. (sometimes front)
c. Tighten the lock just like when you're going to sew.
d. Tighten the screw that is on the side of the lock.(sometimes front)
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