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It is stuck in reverse

I have oiled it and cleaned it

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It's possible that the reverse could be damaged or broken, having it checked would be a good idea

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If it is a mechanical (NOT computerized) sewing machine, it most likely needs a good cleaning and oiling after not being used since 2004. Mechanical sewing machines need to be cleaned & oiled every time a bobbin is changed, every 8 hours of constant sewing, or every six months when not in regular use. Use only good quality sewing machine oil (NOT stale old oil, 3-in-1, WD-40, or cooking oil) and oil only 1 or 2 drops each spot as directed in the owner's manual.

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