HELP! Handwheel is stuck!

Old 11-22-2022, 11:45 AM
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I have a Countess sewing machine made by riccar, I think. Well the handwheel gets stuck solid it was turning now it's stuck again. The needle was hitting the bobbin case so I tried a different needle. No matter what I do it will not pick up the bobbin thread and the race will not turn all the way around. it is a front loading bobbin. I'm not sure if I messed something up or what. It sounds like a gear is rubbing or something is going on when I try to move the handwheel. The handwheel loosens up then tightens back up again. Is it possible to fix this machine myself or will I need a repair person?
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Old 11-22-2022, 05:13 PM
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It looks like the the top will just screw off. I would take the top off and see if there are plastic gears in there. If Cheryl, at https://cherylsteapots2quilting.blog...-cleaning.html, is correct as to the date my guess that it probably has plastic gears. In which case it is very possible that they are cracked or broken. It is also quite possible that there are plastic gears in the bottom. My guess is that if you could find the correct parts, they could be replaced.

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It looks like the the top will just screw off. I would take the top off and see if there are plastic gears in there. If Cheryl, at https://cherylsteapots2quilting.blog...-cleaning.html, is correct as to the date my guess that it probably has plastic gears. In which case it is very possible that they are cracked or broken. It is also quite possible that there are plastic gears in the bottom. My guess is that if you could find the correct parts, they could be replaced.

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Good advice this. If it were me, I would take Janey's advice.

I had something similar with an Elna. The hook would not turn all the way around and the handwheel was partly stuck. Because the hook would not turn round properly, it also couldn't pick up any thread and yes, the needle would have hit the hook or the bobbin case.

It was a broken hook pinion gear. It turned into a rather enjoyable adventure to replace the gear and very inexpensive. Take a look under the machine to see what the hook is connected to you might find a broken gear. With Elna free arm machines, the top of the bed just unscrews so it's easy to see what's going on under the machine. I've no idea whether your machine is that easy to service.
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