My singer simple 3116 was reversing just fine until i went to sew yesterday. I pushed the lever down and it made a click noise, a noise i have never heard it make, and now it won't reverse. anyone have an idea as to why it's not working anymore?
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Most likely the "dogs" inside the lever are broken off. Oil/grease on the metal rod cause chemical attack to the plastic lever and the "dogs" break. Singer should know to degrease this rod before assembly.
First of all, make sure that the machine is in straight stitch forward
position. If it is and you are still having a problem, take the top of
the machine off and blow hot air from a hair dryer down towards the
reverse mechanism. That will unfreeze it.
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?)
It is possible the reverse lever is stuck in the wrong position Move it back to the forward position and see if it will work. Failing that, it's possible the machine is in buttonhole mode. Put it back to normal mode. If it still won't work, you probably have a seized mechanism which will require a technician to repair. If the machine is new enough to be under warranty return it to the store you bought it from for replacement or send it to the Singer warranty center listed on the paperwork that came with your machine. sewman7