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The motor runs, but doesn't engage unless you turn it by hand

I don't use it very often, so I think the belt might be dry?

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    Tamm Mar 20, 2014

    Problem solved! Sorry about that! the bobbin winding spool wasn't put back into place.

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Thanks for the informaion

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