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When Attempting to sew the needles of my Bernina 1120 will go down but will not come back up. In would like to fix this myself if possible...what do I need to do?

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Remove the needle, run at speed for 5 seconds. Put the needle back in. Make sure it is the right way round regarding the flat part and tighten the screw well. Also check the lower bobbin and carrier are in correctly.

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