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Singer 3116 won't go into reverse

I just got this machine and have attempted a some test stitching and the reverse button will not work. It sounds like it's doing something, but the lever is floppy and it doesn't appear act like it's engaging.

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    lost the book, where is reverse?

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Here is a download for your manual

http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instructions-owner-manual/SINGER/3116-_M

pg 32 talks about sewing in reverse sewing.
but doesn't give much on trouble shooting other than hold the lever while sewing. If that's not the case, then I think your feed dogs are the issue. check your feed dog drop. pg 9 part 12

If you think the reverse lever is sloppy, professional action should be taken, (take it in to be repaired under warranty?)

I hope this was helpful.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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