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Failure to form stitches

I have threaded & rethreaded many times checking if this was the problem. also bought new needles today (Universal lasse). I really need this machine going because I know it does really beautiful satin stitch & I need to finish off some applique cushions I am making to sell for Xmas! It has been out of use for a few years but was serviced not long before it was stored. I have oiled it and it doesn't seem to have excess lint. Help!
Julie-Anne Jones, Otaki Gorge, New Zealand.

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I needed to have it fixed as soon as poss so I had to take it to a machine repair man. He saw straightaway that it had a broken gear which was something I could never have sorted myself. Thanks for your reply.

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