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Red light comes on when pressure foot is down

I've only used my machine a few times, and when I went back to use it the red light on the start/stop button comes on if the pressure foot is down. Of course, I imagine the machine is made to halt movement if the red light is on. Can anybody help?

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  • connieloman Jan 04, 2009

    amachael, thanks so much. That did it!



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Is your bobin winder thing on top pushed to the left? If it is pushed to the right - the machine will not allow you to start sewing.

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