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My machine will not change programs, will only do a straight stitch?

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  • William Gilbert Apr 08, 2015

    Hi patti wright, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
    What Make and Model?
    Do you have a Manual??

  • bzet1820 Apr 09, 2015

    i am copying my answer to similar question on this forum: unfortunatly it did not show on general display. try this procedure first, switch off the machine and remove cord from the wall and leave for few minutes, plug it back to the wall, hold button 47 and then switch machine on holding button 47 for next about 20sec. release button 47, leave for 20sec, switch machine off, wait agin 20sec, switch machne on - if it not reset itself correctly, then go to the pfaff site select your country and then on right hand up the top, from "suport and updates" select "machine support" then follow to your exact model, download software and firmware upgrades and follow instructions to update your software on the machine. if machine still fail to perform, unfortunately seafrch for closest repair shop as this will indicate computer hardware failure...


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If you find that it is not possible to program the computer although it is not filled up, the machine must be switched off. Press key 47 "Correction GIL" after about 30 seconds, hold it down and switch the machine on again by actuating main switch 9. Release button 47. By means of this procedure the contents of both the M- and P-memory has been fully erased. Required program sequences and patterns must be entered once more.

keep pressing key 47 while you turn off and still during 30 seconds and through power on

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