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Elna Diva 8000 -- Timing is off

I have an Elna Diva 8000 and I believe the timing of the hook and needle is ''off''. I have opened up the top plates and I can see that the needle is not properly aligning with the hook -- the hook is bending the needle. Can I adjust the timing myself or do I need to take it to the repair shop?

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If you want to open up and drill a littel hole to lock a gear in position then i can help you.

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