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I can't seem to sew a straight 1/4" seam. At the end of the process it swerves to my left.

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Other than having your machine serviced, you might try putting a piece of scrap fabric (butted up to the end of the fabric you are sewing) and continue sewing onto the scrap fabric. (Sewists do this frequently at the beginning of their fabric and it is usually called a leader. It helps eliminate thread nests on your project when beginning to sew.) Hopefully, then when your fabric swerves, it will do it on the scrap.

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Your fabric shouldn't,t swerve anywhere as long as you are holding it straight and securely, a sewing machine is just like a car it will only go where you steer it

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