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Machine does not hold any stitch except straight and seems to make unusual noises when i try to move towards other stitches(basting) etc It does not get real heavy usage,only occasional for home sewing. and was serviced about 1 yr ago.Is this a simple repair or a major overhall for a technician.If it requires a Major repair,does the Manufacturer honor any guarantees if less than 10 years from purchase

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Although you have not provided your machine details, very few manufacturers of anything give a 10 year warantee, and certainly exclude fair wear !?!?
Have you inserted a new needle and re-threadedplus cleaned out around the bobbin case and hook race just to be sure of basics first ?
When you have done that, just try a simple zig zag....if it now catches the stitch that is it, if not it may be timing.
Here is a LINK to details of how to adjust timing for Shuttle and Rotary, both front and top loading machines.

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How do I set for basting


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http://www.jo-ann.com/joann/product/images/52659.jsp?CATID=cat3122&PRODID=prd11333

Stitches 1, 2 & 3 are straight stitches, centered, left and right. Really basic stuff, not different stitches at all. 4,5,6,7 & 8 are zig-zag stitches of different widths. 9 is the widest zig-zag (no. 8) on a finer stitch length, etc...

I think you should try and get an instruction manual for your machine. After a lengthy search of my usual manual sources, I've determined that that this may not be so easy. I think you should contact White on their 800 number and let them try and help you... 1-800-331-3164.

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