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Haven't used my bernina activa 140 for couple of years now. it wont pull the fabric through, any ideas why? All sounds healthy enough

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Probably you have the feedogs lowered like you would for free motion or darning. Raise the feedogs by pushing in the button on lower right side I beleive.
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