How to Turn your Sewing Machine Hand Wheel

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I first started sewing on a 1970s mechanical machine I borrowed from a friend. She quickly run me through the basics of threading it, winding the bobbin and sewing straight stitches, before wishing me luck as I left full of excitement and anticipation at the thought off all the sewing  and dressmaking projects I could create with it! My friend never gave me a manual for it and she never told me this very crucial thing when it comes to correctly using a sewing machine that is ALWAYS TURN THE HAND WHEEL (found on the right hand side of your machine) TOWARDS YOU (anti-clockwise) and NEVER, EVER CLOCKWISE! The latter will actually ruin your machine’s motor if you do it often and turn it all the way. This happened to me with my friend’s sewing machine causing £100 worth of damage. Ouch! The only instance in which it is ok to turn the wheel clockwise only very slightly, is to unravel a thread jam in the bobbin. Many sewing machines manuals fail to tell you this, so… never forget it!
2016-10-20T06:10:54+02:00 April 4th, 2014|Tips & Tricks|7 Comments

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  2. […] I first started sewing on a 1970s mechanical machine I borrowed from a friend. She quickly run me through the basics of threading it, winding the bobbin and doing straight stitches, before wishing me luck as I left full of excitement and anticipation at the thought off all the sewing projects I could create with …  […]

  3. Gregory Smith October 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

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  4. Janis Wild May 17, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Well, thank you for the information. My first sewing machine is being repaired so I am using my fall-back (a singer 2932) and I just went through the manual wanting to remind me if I turn the hand wheel clockwise or counterclockwise — and it isn’t in there! So thank goodness you have this blog. Perhaps Singer should hire some everyday sewers to proof read their manuals for them!

    • Elena May 18, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

      I’m glad to hear we could help!

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