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Will not sew forward

My grandparents have a xl-5130 and when they push the reverse button then it will sew forwards. If you try to sew normally it will just set there. I have read other posts and seen were someone has sprayed it with wd 40. We did that and still nothing. Please fill free to give all opions on any knowledge all will be gladly accepted. Thank you in advance

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  • timothy_crys Jan 24, 2009

    thank you both for your comments we will work on the machine immed. Now we know where to start thank you very much

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    Michaelle May 11, 2010

    WD 40 was not a good idea. Sewing machine oils are much lighter, and now anything you sew on the machine will be exposed to that oil.

    It sounds like somehow your feed dogs got dropped. (there is a lever on most machines to drop that down for bulky sewing) that might solve the forward problem, the reverse issue I will try and get back to you on. Look for the feed dog drop lever.



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Never spray wd 40 on a sewing machine use only sewing machine oil it is made to not gum up. it sounds like the rev. button is jammed that means the spring is more than likly broken or bent I would suggest takeing it to a service center.

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