Clutch will not engage

Old 01-08-2021, 06:10 AM
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Actually, I'm not sure you absolutely have to have it. Have you tried holding the hand wheel and tightening the knob as far as you can? It sounds like the washer is in the correct position as it did sew some. The screw just keeps it in position so that it doesn't unscrew all the way off. I think there may be some that actually screw into the washer, but not yours. It should be like the links like I sent before.

I'm pretty sure you just tighten the knob finger tight and then put the screw in. Someone described the purpose of the "pin" "screw" at https://www.quiltingboard.com/8356926-post3.html

I hope you can find it.

There aren't many sewing machine repair shops around, but you may be able to find one that has an old parts bin that may have one. There are new ones available, but several different sizes. I could try removing one and tying it in another machine - it isn't like I don't have a variety of machines to test .

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Old 01-08-2021, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by medward4 View Post
When putting the screw back, do you just screw it in enough to catch the winged washer?
No, just screw it in "hand tight" with your screw driver. I have no idea why mine came out. It never happened before. However, I was doing a major "oil and grease" job on it a couple of weeks ago, so may not have tightened it sufficiently. I'm reasonably sure it was just vibration that made it come out.
If you do need to go to a sewing machine repair place to get a replacement, just unscrew the inner wheel and take it with you to make sure the screw will fit.
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If you do need to go to a sewing machine repair place to get a replacement, just unscrew the inner wheel and take it with you to make sure the screw will fit.
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Nice description on Janey's last post. If you do end up taking the clutch knob/wheel in, be careful as you take it apart and put it together. The two inner washer lobes must fit in the shaft right and if the washer falls off and turns over you will be in for a lot of trial and error figuring out which way it goes. But bkay is right., beats carrying in a whole head.
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"Do you just screw it in enough to catch the winged washer?" Not quite. You want it to go between the wings for the lock/unlock rotation
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Washer alone. https://www.quiltingboard.com/member...38-576743.html
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by OurWorkbench View Post
Actually, I'm not sure you absolutely have to have it. Have you tried holding the hand wheel and tightening the knob as far as you can? It sounds like the washer is in the correct position as it did sew some. The screw just keeps it in position so that it doesn't unscrew all the way off. I think there may be some that actually screw into the washer, but not yours. It should be like the links like I sent before.

I'm pretty sure you just tighten the knob finger tight and then put the screw in. Someone described the purpose of the "pin" "screw" at https://www.quiltingboard.com/8356926-post3.html

I hope you can find it.

There aren't many sewing machine repair shops around, but you may be able to find one that has an old parts bin that may have one. There are new ones available, but several different sizes. I could try removing one and tying it in another machine - it isn't like I don't have a variety of machines to test .

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Thanks again. Ive tried everyday I can think off. I may try to insert something there to see if it is supposed to catch the ear and maybe that’s why it won’t engage. Hoping so, if not I’ll have to take it to a shop.
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Originally Posted by leonf View Post
Nice description on Janey's last post. If you do end up taking the clutch knob/wheel in, be careful as you take it apart and put it together. The two inner washer lobes must fit in the shaft right and if the washer falls off and turns over you will be in for a lot of trial and error figuring out which way it goes. But bkay is right., beats carrying in a whole head.
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