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Material doesn't move

My needle does move up and down but the material needs to be pulled thru, otherwise it sews in one spot. Have cleaned machine and checked tention, stitch etc any suggestions. Thankyou

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Re: material doesn't move

Are the feed dogs engaged? Janomes usually have a feed dog sliding switch, either on the back of the sewing machine at the bottom, or behind the accessory case. Be sure the check it out. Hope this helps!

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