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Help reverse spring dislodged and selector dial won't turn

Help reverse spring dislodged and selector dial won't turn

Old 02-11-2021, 10:51 AM
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Default Help reverse spring dislodged and selector dial won't turn

Hi all,

I recently picked up a JcPenney 6501 machine. It made stitches but didn't reverse. All of a sudden the machine selectors dial wouldn't turn all the way and now it only makes one stitch out of 14. I tried having it repaired and the shop told me it was a throw away because the gear was cracked. I don't believe it is a throw away, as it sewed before the reverse spring dislodged. My question is how do I remove the top layer to access the second layer where I can reach the spring?

Ps. Tried to upload photos and it never works.
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Old 02-11-2021, 01:33 PM
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One of the other members, Janey, has written up the following instructions for pictures:

We like pictures. In order to post pictures on Quilting Board, you will probably need to reduce or compress the picture to a file size that is smaller than 2MB. How to post images can be found at https://www.quiltingboard.com/attach...020-01-17-.pdf
Don't forget to scroll over to the far right to find and click on the "Upload" button.

I have found that only the big red "Reply" button or "Quote" work to give me the paper clip icon to work for adding pictures.

Some additional info regarding reducing images at post #4 and images for the scroll and upload button can be found at #5 of https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...d-t312607.html
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Old 02-11-2021, 04:08 PM
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pull out a hairdryer and spend a lot of time heating that puppy up. especially around the controls. sometimes just that and tender wiggles can get them free. I haven't messed with many Penny's machines, and if it is plastic bodied you may not want to do that.
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Old 02-12-2021, 05:49 AM
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If it really is a cracked gear, it is a throw away. The cost of the gear is not prohibitive (if you can find one), but they are not easy to replace. Usually, the reverse mechanism is not a spring. It's usually a gear or a lever.
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