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My sewing machine is sewing in reverse Kenmore 385-1960180

I recently purchased a sewing machine from someone who stated that the machine had never been used by his mother-in-law it looks in brand new condition it is a computerized 100 stitch machine however when I try to sew after setting it up and reading the manual it sews only in reverse........

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Hopefully this is only a mechanical problem that can be fixed with oil. If not it is either a stepper motor or circuit board. If you are not comfortable with removing covers and oiling then it needs to go to the shop.
Good luck!

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