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I have a Singer sewing machine model #5932. The lever that brings the presser foot up and down isn't working. The presser foot stays down and the lever isn't working to bring it back up. How can I fix this problem? Is something just loose or broken? Dawn

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More than likeley the set screw is loose on the presser bar shaft ,remove the endcover and take a look should be simple

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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    more than likeley the set screw is loose on the presser bar shaft ,remove the endcover and take a look should be simple

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