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Lever is stuck in reverse

Just purchased second hand sewing machine, tried to sew for the first time and found the reverse lever is stuck in reverse and am unable to sew properly

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If the stitch length bar, which is located on the right side of the machine, is in the up position move it down to where the numbers are. Those numbers are referring to how many stitches the machine will sew in an inch. Therefore, if you put it on 10, your machine will sew 10 stitches per inch. It being up will cause your machine to go in reverse.

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