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Foot pedal problem

The last time I turned it on, Nothing happened when I depressed the foot pedal. The light came on, so I know it had power. I would like to fix it myself. Any ideas ? Thanks !

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  • mom2twins Dec 31, 2007

    I was sewing just fine on my machine and stopped for an hour. When I came back to it and turned the machine on, the light came on but when I depress the foot pedal, nothing happens.



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your problem will vary depending on the type of foot control it is.
Need more info - ie what machine is it, what identification is on the pedal.
The problem could be in either and you dont really want to pull aprt the pedal for no reason - some of them are tricky to re assemble if you dont know how - you can damage the pedal!

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