Originally Posted by jmudler
I have decent success (1-2") when I turn the wheel by hand, but it does take a considerable about of pressure.
When I pull on the thread the needle is deflected a great deal. I would be concerned about breaking the needle. The thread is in between the disks but I can not adjust the disks to be free and easy to pull the thread. I think the adjustment spring is not the correct one. I will try skipping the disks and go straight to the spring and see if that at least stops breaking the thread.
Your machine needs to be seen by a professional repairman for adjustment and oiling.
When you pull the thread through the needle, the needle MAY be deflected slightly, usually no deflection and never by a large amount as you describe. As Spock wrote, the thread is being jammed somewhere. DO NOT
by-pass the tension disks.
Turning the wheel by hand should be easy and not hard unless you are forcing it through very, very heavy material.
Again, your machine needs to be seen by a professional repairman for adjustment and oiling.
Also, ask the repairman to quickly go over operation with you. They can point out a lot of hints that make operating the machine easier and better.