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Pfaff Hobbylock 788 Serger won't work

I haven't used my serger for quite a while. I got it out today, threaded it and it was working fine, then all of a sudden it just stopped sewing. Is has power and the doors are shut.

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Does it still make noise? Maybe it needs a new belt or just some oil?

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