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Janome 634D Possible problem?
When turning the handwheel, it becomes harder to do at a certain point
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Date: 8/31/13 6:50 PM

I've been playing with this machine for a few days now. It took a pair of pliers to remove the right needle, but I managed to do it and now it has been freed up a little more.

But I noticed that when I moved the handwheel toward me, and the presser foot is down, the handwheel becomes harder to turn. Is this normal? When the handwheel is up, it's not a problem.

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Date: 8/31/13 11:27 PM

Hi, I set up my Janome 634 serger. When you have the foot in the down position and turn the wheel towards you, you are actually forming a stitch. Yes, it is a little hard to turn, but once you start serging with the power on, the machine will stitch out easily and quickly. I am not sure what you are talking about the handwheel being up. Do you mean when the presser foot is up? If you turn the wheel away from you and the presser foot is down, you are releasing the stitch. I don't turn the wheel away from me unless I am at the end of a circular serging and I want to pull the threads away from the fabric as I also pull the fabric out of the serger. At this point I first turn the wheel towards me and then reverse the wheel to loosen the threads. Harriet

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Date: 9/1/13 1:07 AM

Same as a sewing machine, when the presser foot is up it releases the thread tension somewhat and makes the hand wheel easier to turn. But on a serger not so much. I don't even mess with turning the handwheel on my sergers unless it's merely to raise the needle up, because otherwise it feels like something will break. Yikes!

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Date: 9/1/13 7:53 AM

Whew! Thank you both for your answers. I was beginning to think I had to send it back. And yes, I mean the presser foot is up. I must have been tired from trying to bond with it.

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Date: 9/1/13 2:09 PM

I really would not like it if my overlocker fly wheel was hard to turn by hand or motor. No matter what one it was. To me, fatal flaw- at lest until it turns easy if ever. To me, that means something bent up, thread bind, or lack of lubrication. In either direction it was turned pressure foot up or down. Of course it's only going to really sew and make stitches if you are turning it by hand in the correct direction and threaded up right. And if you tried to turn it too much in the wrong direction, while threaded up, you probably would get a big thread mess. Also most fly wheels on an overlocker turn in the opposite direction than ones on most sewing machines. But whatever you feel as hard to turn with just your hand, is also a load on your motor there. So"harder to turn" could mean any degree of anything, but hard to turn, means bad for some reason as in binding up and a oh no, to me, under any circumstance actually.

If you have your pressure foot down and that big pressure foot clamped down onto the feed dogs, it would put a tiny bit more friction on everything turning, than not, but not so much ever that it should make your fly wheel actually hard to turn, particular if not even any thread in the machine to get all tangled up at all. If wondering about that, just even take the pressure foot off, and still leave pressure foot bar down, if still hard to turn, you got an issue.

If it came by mail, and your package looks dropped or trashed at all, I might wonder about that actually. If you had already been sewing with it some, maybe there is some thread stuck in it. Also, maybe just really dry and needs some lubrication.

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Date: 9/2/13 10:31 PM

Hi again, I decided to put few drops of oil on the points where the owner's manual mentioned to oil the serger since I hadn't done that recently. My answer is still correct. When you turn the wheel with the presser foot down, it moves the fabric and forms a stitch using some tension. I think that when some people say it should move easily and others may say a little force is necessary, it is a matter of describing what they feel is happening and it is probably the same amount of pressure when moving the wheel. I hope this makes sense because I am tired as I write this. Harriet

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Date: 9/3/13 2:14 PM

It makes complete sense, Harriet, tired or not. My Singer's balance wheel moved more freely, but I can't remember if it became that way over time or not. And too, with the Janome, my right wrist is still recuperating from being broken, so maybe my strength isn't what it used to be.

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