Also called the balance wheel, the sewing machine handwheel is used to control the movement of both the take-up lever and the needle. Both manual and electric sewing machines feature the handwheel.
What is a handwheel used for on a sewing machine?
Hand wheel: The first functional sewing machines used a hand crank to stitch the seams. This hand wheel is mostly used to bring the bobbin thread up through the needle plate and to raise/lower the needle for position changes/pivoting corners. When turning the hand wheel, make sure to turn it towards your body.
Why won’t the needle on my sewing machine move?
A disengaged clutch, broken drive belt or internal drive gear failure can prevent the needle from moving. If the needle won’t move with the clutch engaged, unplug the sewing machine and check the drive belt. … Replace the drive belt if it’s broken.
What should you do if the take up lever is not visible?
How to thread the take up lever when it does not come out of the…
- Raise the needle to its highest position by turning the hand wheel toward you.
- Make sure the mark on the hand wheel points up, or just press the needle position button twice to raise the needle.