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Sewing forward my machine is pushing the fabric, insead of pulling. is there any way of fixing this.

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  • gkang Nov 14, 2008

    I have Kenmore 16221 sewing machine and have the same problem. Fabric moves toward me rather than away. I tried the reverse button and still won't work. Whan do I need to do?

  • MmbMjb Jan 17, 2009

    I'm having this same problem. But when I use the reverse button it will change the direction that my fabric is going so it is working right. Have you been able to fix this problem?



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Sounds like the timing has been adjusted to be 180 degrees out of sync if fabric moves towards you while sewing, rather than away.

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