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Zigzag won't enlarge

My adjustments don't seem to want to increase the width of the zigzag. The length is fine, and does adjust from button hole to w-a-y stretched, but the width seems to stay only on very small stitches.

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  • quiltedcactu Feb 01, 2009

    It is a mechanical machine. I'll open it up and see what I find.

  • quiltedcactu Feb 04, 2009

    After a little more tinkering, it seems to be related to the feed dogs mechanism. This button is VERY stiff. At one point I could get the feet in the up position, and got the stitch regulator to click in. It's working now, but ready for the serviceman I guess. Thanks for the help.

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See if there is a twin needle lock out setting, if it is on it will cause this symptom. Otherwise there may be a bind in the needle pivot or linkage system to the needle bar from the cam or stepper motor (I don't know if this is a mechanical or electronic machine).
Good luck!

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