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The machine seems to be locked up inside

The machine has been in a shop for a couple of years, not used and now i can't seem to get things moving inside. I cleaned and oiled, the motor works but the belt just slips and nothing moves like something is in the way.

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The black bobbin case that the bobbin sites in is not supposed to move at all, on the right hand side of the bobbin case you will see two screws, if you slacken them off you can push the guide bar closer to the bobbin case leaving enough thread to pass through the gap.

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SOURCE: the belt is not moving when i pres the pedlle

it sounds like your machine may be seizing up. it needs a service. oil all moving parts with good sewing machine oil (not 3-in-1 oil) and work the oil n b turning handwheel by hand for a while.

if this does not free-up machine have it serviced by a tech.


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