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Cant move the stich ckanger

I just bought Kenmore®/MD Limited Edition 17-stitch Sewing Machine and I can move the stich changer, Im new at this , and I dont have a manual Can you please help!

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Try setting the stitch width to zero and then change stitches. The cam feeler may be in the way.
good luck

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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