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MadalineJane

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Date: 9/18/12 2:11 PM

I purchased a used 1034d server online. They stated it was in great condition. However after I received it and plugged it in I couldn't get the wheel to turn at all. The thing won't budge. Is this broke? Or is there a threading setting where the wheel locks?

Tia for any help!

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Date: 9/18/12 2:25 PM

HI Madaline, there is a whole thread devoted to the 1034 under "Sergers" I have one of these. I don't know of any reason why the wheel won't move-have you opened it up to compare with the manual. I suspect something is off inside or not aligned. Now, whether you can fix it yourself or not is another matter.
Edited to add: the other thing to look at is whether the needles are correctly positioned. One needle is placed higher than the other. If the needles are off, it won't work either. Sorry I am at work and I do not remember which needle is which but they are different.

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Date: 9/18/12 3:02 PM

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Or is there a threading setting where the wheel locks?
No setting that locks the wheel to my knowledge. The only times when my wheel would lock-up was when I jammed either thread or fabric down into the feed dogs or knife area. Unfortunately, since it came to you this way you have no idea what the cause is - a previous problem (minor or major) or a shipping problem.

Did it come threaded? If so I would cut the threads and take the needles out (if any were in), unscrew the metal feed dog plate and open up the front *door* to see if fabric or thread (or a piece of broken or dislodged something) may be stuck in there. You'll need a good flashlight to look in. Do you have the manual? If so, see if the "removable stitch finger" got loose or is not placed (snapped) in correctly with the arrows lined up. If you give it a tiny "shake", do you here anything loose?

If you purchased from a private party you could contact them and ask if they have any idea why it's jammed or if this ever happened to them when using it - if you purchased used from an online dealer I would probably call them before I touched anything! Beyond this, I really don't know. ...well, except that I would be upset (and that "upsetedness" would be in direct relation to what I paid for it.
Hopefully it's something very minor.
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Date: 9/19/12 11:08 AM

Try warming the wheel with a hair dryer to see if it will loosen any gunky, oil/dust build-up.

If that does not help, then the next step is to take it in for service.

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Date: 9/19/12 3:55 PM

If you have no recourse with the seller, take it in to get an estimate for the repair and decide if it's worth it to you.

Both of the BabyLocks I have did this. The BL3-418 was serviced in 2001, "Fly wheel won't turn" and the BL-428K "Check tightness" in 2005. The repair paperwork for the 2005 incident states, "Remill & Repair Feed Cam." I remember the serviceman saying this was a common occurance in BabyLocks. These are both older BL's, but this could be your problem. It cost me $89.00 for labor and $60.00 to fix the problem. The total was $159.43 w/tax back in 2005.

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Date: 9/20/12 10:14 AM

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It cost me $89.00 for labor and $60.00 to fix the problem. The total was $159.43 w/tax back in 2005.

The Brother 1034d only costs about $190 new... I don't think it would be worth repairing.

(Right now mine is making a rattly noise which makes me think a screw is loose, but it seems to be working fine. I just can't justify the $60 the dealer charges just to 'look' at the machine. That's 30% of the purchase price. It seems I'm better off just letting it break and buying a new one if I need to.)
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Date: 9/22/12 6:42 AM

On most sergers the hand wheel should only be turned in one direction and if forced. it could damage the machine. In other words the fly wheel can be turned either clockwise or counter clockwise. Most sergers have an arrow on or near the flywheel showing which direction the wheel can be turned.
If you forget which direction the flywheel turns on your serger, just step lightly on the foot control and the wheel will turn in that direction.
If your serger is threaded, possibly the threads are tangled and jammed.
I have never used your serger but some sergers have different safety systems and will not operate at all if the looper door is not closed or the foot is up.

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Date: 9/26/12 8:19 PM

I would contact the seller to get a refund if possible. Their's no clutch release to keep the wheel from turning. Hope everything turns out well. If there are needles in the machine remove them and any fabric thread in machine. With the cover open, turn handwheel towards you. If the wheel turns completely insert fresh needles on the chance this was damaged during shipping. Again turning the wheel towards you see if machine gets stuck (looper timing/needle bar timing) can prevent wheel from turning. For this you would need to take it in for service.

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