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Needle Plate adjustment

How do I adjust the needle plate for rolled hemming? There seems to be a red lever beside markings ''S'' and ''R'' but I don't want to force it the wrong way. There may be something else I have to do before it will move.

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  • amanda smith Nov 29, 2008

    it's my mum's machine and she's lost her manual. mine uses a separate needle plate.

    thanks!!

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ABSOLUTELY !!
R = Rolled
You will need to move the Upper knife blade out of the way, adjust S to R then restore blade to original position.
You have not mentioned Make or Model, so I will stab at the method........from the left of the machine inside the door you will see a knurled knob to adjust the width of the cutting........if you push it to the right, it will move the blade.......rotate it 90 degrees out of the way, move the chaining finger to R, put the knife back....... et voila
Where is your instruction manual ????????
If the knife mechanism works in a slightly different way, the principle is the same. www.bargainbox.com.au

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