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Not feeding. I was in the middle of a project, everything was working fine. I switched to zig-zag stitch--it worked fine. Switched back to straight-stitch and it stopped feeding the fabric. Doesn't make sense--pretty new machine and I've barely used it.

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Check to see if the feed dogs are up, maybe you somehow clicked or switched a button, it happens to me some time when I take the bobbin out and put a new one in. I don't know your machine but some machines have the lever/knob for dropping the feed dogs in a strange location.

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