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Stuck in reverse

Started sewing in reverse and it wouldn't ever disengage from reverse, so now that's the only direction it will sew in

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Re: Stuck in reverse

The reverse button is attached to link that moves a lever to make the machine sew in reverse. The lever is spring loaded so it returns to forward sewing when the button is released. Either the spring has come off or there is a bind in the lever(oil it). In order to solve the problem, the covers must be removed.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007

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