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Serger Stuck I was just given a White Superlock 523. It gets stuck as the needle goes down. I have taken it apart and can't seem to find the problem. The needle and loopers clear each other fine, the motor is fine too. Any ideas what the problem could be? I have tried it threaded, and without thread and it doesn't work either way. Thanks

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The first thing a machine needs is oil. Absolutely soak everything that turns. My upholstery machine sits for a while and it gets stuck too. Believe me you don't just turn it. The tolerence is so close its just hard to get broke loose. Use a spray that absorbs rust. then oil good when done

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