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My back stitch wont reverse

There is a thing to flip up and down but doesn't do anything

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Has the machine been unused for a 'long' period of time? Some of the Janome machines did a similar thing - the oil becomes 'sticky'on the mechanism attached to the reverse lever. Can often be fixed by removing the free arm cover and spraying a little Innox (using the supplied straw) in the area where the lever operates. Work it back and forth .... it may come good. It could need tobe dismantled if it wont free up however. Good luck! :)

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