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I have a baby lock bl4 736d serger it runs real good for a bit then it heats up and slows down and gets real tight and stops. can you tell me why and how can I fix it?

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Do you regularly clean and oil it, and use quality sewing machine oil? It sounds as though you might have sticky oil that needs cleaning out. If you know a friendly sewing machine repair person, see if they can clean it for you.
Try not to use it until this is resolved because you could be causing damage. Good luck!

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