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My machine Juki DDL8700 The Hand wheel is to hard to turn by hand I know it is something to do with the back lever connected to the stich length I am doing some thing wrong

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Any chance you broke a needle?
1. First take your feed plate off and then see if the hand wheel turns freely. If it does, look at the plate to see if it is bent. If bent, lay on a flat surface and tap with a hammer until it's flat and put is back on. If it's in bad shape, you will need to buy another one. This should also free up your back lever.

Posted on Dec 03, 2016

  • Shirley Neibarger Dec 03, 2016

    My last post disappeared into the ether so if you get two from me, please ignore one!

    By any chance did you break a needle? Sometimes it either bends the needle plate or a small piece of the needle gets caught between the feed dog and the plate. When that happens, it is jammed and the hand wheel doesn't turn freely.

    Unscrew the two screws that hold your needle plate and take it off. Inspect it to see if plate is bent up, down or side ways. If it is out of shape, either try to lay it flat on a table and tap it back into the right shape or buy a new plate. When you have the plate off the machine, try to turn your hand wheel. If it turns freely, you can put your plate back on and sew away.

    The other possibility is that you have something caught in the

    'race' which is the piece that 'races' around your bobbin case when your machine is running. At times a piece of lint, thread or broken needle can become wedged into the race. You can put a couple drops of oil on the part that moves around your bobbin case and see if that helps. I would take my needle out of my machine while I was doing all this testing just to simplify the testing.

    Good Luck!

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Turn it to either extreme and then see if the feed dogs hit the plate when you hand turn the hand wheel towards you. Sometimes the feed dogs or plate have been replaced and they have set the stich length so that the feed dogs won't hit the ends of the plate.

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It is a good habit to take a few minutes to clean and oil your machine before you start sewing. Look for the oil points and give it one drop of quality sewing machine oil in each port.

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