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My sewing machine started to sew slow and seem like it is working hard. Won't sew normal. Hasn't been that long since it was last serviced/oiled. Any suggestions?

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Slow is due to friction in the shuttle drive and key moving bars and joint. Apply few drops of petrol/kerosene and run for few minutes. Then apply normal lubricating oils meant for machines.

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check in the manual and see if it's self oiling or not,, some
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to be oiled other machines have to be oiled,,if the manual doesn't
say then contact elna customer service and ask them.
I won't promise the machine will work or won't work if it's been
sitting for years ,sometimes the grease can become sticky and
hard.
you'll be able to tell as soon as you start sewing, make sure you
read the manual completely, that way you know what the machine
will do and what it won't do.
always use the proper needle for the fabric
and the proper foot
if you go over a seam and the machine seems to struggle, take your
foot off the foot pedal and use the handwheel to move the needle
manually over the seam, that way you don't bend a needle and cause
the machine to jump time.
also make sure to have a comfortable chair and good lighting and
a good seam ripper just in case of a mistake.
if you get frustrated while sewing, get up and walk around, that can
help clear your mind, I've had to do that plenty of times and I've
been sewing for 30 years.
if you don't have a manual send me a comment and I'll try to find you one.
there are several websites that have tutorials and other things for
a quilter,,
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try changing the needle--make sure it's the right one for the fabric
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rethread the machine top & bobbin
make sure the bobbin is not over full
make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly into the bobbin case & also
turn the right way before it's inserted into the bobbin case
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Smooth machines are probably going to start around $400.
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have you checked to make sure the plug is correctly in the machine
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